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20 vocab words for The Things They Carried

ambiguous

difficult to comprehend, unclear

oppressive

unreasonably burdensome or severe

buoyant

capable of floating; light hearted

mortification

a feeling of shame, humiliation or wounded pride

confiscate

to take by authority

exuberance

enthusiasm; unrestrained joy

serenity

being free of stress or emotion

imperative

absolutely necessary, unavoidable; a command

acquiescence

passive acceptance or submission

reticent

reluctant or restrained

pretense

the act of pretending; a false appearance or action intended to deceive

rectitude

morality or virtue

eccentric

unconventional or strange

talisman

an object that acts as a good luck charm

catharsis

a release of emotional tension that cleanses the mind or spirit

complicity

involvement as an accomplice in a questionable act or crime

obligatory

mandatory or required

relics

the remains of something, such as an object or person

atrocity

an act of extreme brutality or wickedness

lucid

clearly understood

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