Mockingjay Vocabulary words #1

obliterated

do away with completely, without leaving a trace; p. 3 (1)

retribution

the act of correcting for wrongdoing; a deserved punishment; p. 6 (1)

absolve

to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt; let off the hook; p. 6 (1)

loath

unwilling, reluctant; p. 7 (1)

wherewithal

resources needed for a purpose; p. 6 (1)

squarely

firmly and solidly; directly and without evasion; p. 7 (1)

glean

to collect bit by bit; to gather with patient labor; p. 7 (1)

lacerated

having edges that are mangled or jagged from injury; p. 9

unscathed

wholly unharmed, not injured; p. 10 (1)

firebrand

(n.) a piece of burning wood; an extremely energetic person; p. 11 (1)

enigmatic

mysterious, inexplicable, puzzling; p. 12 (1)

cloying

distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; p. 14 (1)

clandestine

secret, concealed; underhanded; p. 17 (2)

wrest

to get by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically; p. 17 (2)

indelible

cannot be removed, washed away or erased; permanent; p. 18 (2)

surreal

dreamlike; characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions; p. 19 (2)

conciliatory

appeasing; soothing; showing willingness to reconcile; p. 24 (2)

distraught

deeply agitated and upset, especially from emotion; p. 24 (2)

wryly

cleverly, mockingly; often with ironic or grim humor; p. 25 (2)

tenuous

having little substance or significance; p. 26 (2)

complicity

involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice; p. 26 (2)

demotion

to downgrade to a lower rank, class, or position; p. 28 (2)

decimated

kill or destroy a large part of (originally one tenth); p. 29 (2)

spile

small metal or wooden spout for tapping the sap from a sugar maple; p. 32 (3)

reneging

to make a promise, then back out; p. 34 (3)

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