Into the Wild 4 (chapter 15-epilogue)

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chutzpah

(Yiddish) unbelievable gall; nerve, audacity

crampons

metal spikes worn on the bottom of mountaineering boots, usually having twelve points that dig into the ice for traction

phantasmagoria

a constantly changing medley of real or imagined images (as in a dream)

grotesque

distorted and unnatural in shape or size

atmospheric

having to do with the mass of air that surrounds the Earth

Rubicon

a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment

autonomy

personal independence

Denali

The highest point in North America at 20,320 feet is in Alaska. Known to most American's as Mt. McKinley.

repertoire

the entire range of skills or aptitudes or devices used in a particular field or occupation

resilience

quality of quickly recovering the original shape

moral

concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles

absolutism

one person has all the power

scrawn

gaunt and bony

gristle

cartilage, especially when present in meat

precipitious

sudden, very steep

decline

a downward slope or bend

insidiously

causing harm in a sneaky way; intended to trap

epilogue

a short passage added at the end of a literary work

anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

bueracracy

a system of managing government through departments run by appointed officials

taiga

biome in which the winters are cold but summers are mild enough to allow the ground to thaw

emaciated

very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold; unnaturally thin

convulsions

involuntary muscular contractions

dissolves

to bring or to come to an end

sublime

inspiring awe; lifted up or set high

euphoria

a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation

transcendent

beyond and outside the ordinary range of human experience or understanding

clarity

clearness; free from obscurity

rapture

a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion

distress

psychological suffering; extreme physicall pain

benign

not dangerous to health; harmless

excrete

eliminate from the body

solitary

separated from or unfrequented by others

plausible

within the realm of credibility; a possibility of truth

meager

barely adequate; a small amount

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