The Things They Carried

Created by mdury 

Upgrade to
remove ads

30 terms · Vocab for the novel.

Volition

(n) — the faculty or power of using one's will

Topography

(n) — the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area; the detailed description or representation of on a map of such features

Tangible

(adj) — perceptible by touch; clear, definite or real

Entrench

(v) — to establish in a position of great authority or security

Exuberance

(n) —lively energy or excitement

Eviscerate

(v) — to disembowel; to gut; to deprive something of its essential content

Censure

(n) — the expression of formal disapproval

Acquiesce

(v) — to accept something reluctantly but without protest

Platitude

(n) — a remark or statement that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful

Bewilderment

(n) — a state of confusion or being perplexed

Reticence

(n) — shyness; not immediately showing one's feelings

Rectitude

(n) — morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness

Drudgery

(n) — hard, menial or dull work

Napalm

(n) — a highly flammable sticky jell used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps

Improbable

(adj) — not likely to be true or to happen

Plod

(v) — to walk doggedly or slowly with heavy steps

Pagoda

(n) — a Hindu or Buddhist temple or sacred building, typically a many-tiered tower

Cadre

(n) — a small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession

Kilter

(n) — out of harmony or balance [to be off kilter / out of kilter]

Condolence

(n) — an expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death

Rucksack

(n) — a military issue bag (resembling a backpack)

Infatuation

(n) — an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for

Translucent

(adj) — allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through

Catharsis

(n) — the process of releasing, and thereby giving relief from strong or repressed emotions

Causation

(n) — the action of causing something; the relationship between cause & effect; causality

Hamlet

(n) — a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village

Bedlam

(n) — a scene of uproar or confusion

Dispense

(v) — to distribute or provide; to supply

Taut

(adj) — stretched or pulled tight; tense; not relaxed

Imperative

(adj) — of vital importance; crucial

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

NEW! Voice Recording

Click the mic to start.

Create Set