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64 terms

The Human Comedy Vocab Ch. 1-39

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rapture
an utterance or expression of ecstatic delight
gondola
an open railroad freight car w/ low sides
somnolence
a very sleepy state
residential
where people live
vineyard
a plantation of grapevines for wine making
telegraph
an apparatus for transmitting messages to another receiving apparatus
outfit
group, unit
solicitude
an attitude of excessive attentiveness or pity
implication
suggestion (unspoken)
accumulate
to gather, pile up, amass
vigor
energy, vitality
persevere
to persist in spite of difficulty
dynamic
forceful, energetic
contraption
a gadget, device
apt
likely (to be)
regulation
law of rule
hubris
pride (negative connotation)
presumptuous
bold, impertinent
patronizingly
condescendingly
marvel
to be filled w/ wonder admiration, or astonishment
vicissitudes
ups and downs
malicious
spiteful, cruel
deliberate
slowly w/ meaning
fanfare
braggart
subjugate
conquer
extemporaneous
without previous preparation
trivial
of very little importance or value
unruly
unmanageable, disobedient
righteous
morally right of justifiable
toady
to flatter, to try to get someone's favor
exertion
effort
bewildered
puzzled or confused
proprietor
owner (of a store)
pliancy
"business" (ability to bend)
render
to cause to be
contempt
scorn, the feeling w/ which a person regards anything considered worthless
liable
accountable, likely
isolation
the complete separaton from others
premeditate
to plan a head of time
improvise
to compose and perform a deliver without previous preparation
comrade
a friend
barracks
place where soldiers live
solemnity
seriousness
emphatic
with emphasis, with special stress or importance
explicate
to explain throughly, to ananlyze
dub
to name
paste
to punch or hit
aloft
up in the air
gingham
cotten fabric, ususally striped or checked
simpleton
person of low intelligence
duel
contest between two persons of parties
rite of passage
an important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one state of life to another
stentorian
very loud, powerful in sound
soliloquy
the act of talking while or as alone
accelerate
to speed up
parable
a story with a moral or lesson
scarcely
hardly, barely
idlers
people who pass time in a lazy or unproductive way
inhabitance
occupation, state of being somewhere
tidings
news
inference
the process of arriving at some conclusion that is probably based on what one knows
imperceptibly
very gradual, subtly, not much noticed or percieved
meek
humble
domesticated
tame