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A Tale of Two Cities Vocabulary GCA

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acquiescence
submission without protest
adjuration
a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something; a solemn plea
antipathy
habitual dislike; an object of natural aversion or habitual repugnance
artless
characterized by an inability to mask your feelings
atheistic
denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings
atrocious
provoking horror, exceptionally bad or displeasing
augment
to increase, to enlarge
auspicious
favorable; fortunate
bespatter
to spot, splash, or soil
bespot
to mark with (or as if with) spots
blunderbuss
a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle to scatter shot
brood
to think moodily or anxiously about something
capitulate
to surrender; to give up or give in
capricious
erratic, unpredictable; subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change
carnage
the slaughter of a great number of people
cessation
a stopping; an ending of an action
chateau
a French feudal castle
codger
an elderly man
comely
pleasing; fair in appearance
commiseration
the act of feeling or expressing sorrow or sympathy for
compatriot
a fellow countryman
complacent
pleased, especially with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect; self-satisfied
compunction
a feeling of guilt
consecrated
sacred; honored; dedicated as something special
craven
cowardly
despoil
to strip of possessions or things of value; to rob; to plunder; to pillage
docile
easily managed
dubious
uncertain; doubtful
eddying
moving or whirling, as water moving against the current
efficacy
the ability to produce a desired result
emphatic
forceful and definite in expression or action; insistent
entreaty
a humble request; an earnest request or petition; a serious request for something
environ
to enclose; to surround; a surrounding area, as of a city
epoch
an extended period of time marked by a series of related events
expeditious
acting or done with speed and efficiency
feint
a false attack; a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; a mock blow or attack on or toward one part in order to distract attention from the point one really intends to attack
ferret
to search and discover through persistent investigation
fidelity
loyalty; dutifulness; strict observance of promises, duties, etc.
flaxen
having the pale yellowish color of dressed flax; of a soft yellow color
flinch
a reflex response to sudden pain; to draw back or shrink, as from what is dangerous, difficult, or unpleasant
gainsay
to deny, dispute, or contradict; to speak or act against; to oppose
gaol
British spelling of "jail"
garret
attic, usually a small, wretched one
gaunt
extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture
herald
an indication of the approach of something or someone; a messenger who announces something
immolate
to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire; to offer in sacrifice
impart
to make known
implacable
unstoppable or relentless; not to be appeased or satisfied
importunity
repeated strong requests; persistence in solicitation
incommodious
inconvenient
incorrigible
not able to be corrected; bad beyond correction or reform; firmly fixed (negative connotation)
incredulity
doubt about the truth of something; the inability or unwillingness to believe
incumbent
necessary for someone as a duty or responsibility
inscrutable
incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable; not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable
inveteracy
state of being deeply ingrained; having a particular habit that is long-established and unlikely to change
inviolate
free from injury or violation
jalousie
a blind or shutter made of rows of angled slats
judicious
done with good judgment
laconic
concise; using few words
magnanimous
noble in forgiving; generous in forgiving an insult or injury
malady
a disorder, disease, illness, or sickness
mire
soil with mud, muck; a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh
modicum
moderate/small portion
morose
gloomy; ill-humored; sour, sulky, or surly
mutinous
rebellious; unruly
myriad
a large indefinite number
nondescript
lacking distinct or individual characteristics, ordinary, not outstanding
oppressed
kept down by cruel or unjust use of power
pecuniary
dealing with or relating to money
pernicious
ruinous; harmful
perplexity
confusion
pilfer
to steal, especially in small quantities or insignificant amounts
pincers
a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles
postillion
a person who rides the left horse of the leading or only pair of horses drawing a carriage
potentate
a ruler who is unconstrained by law; a monarch or ruler with great power
prevaricate
to speak falsely or misleadingly; to deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; to lie
profligate
recklessly wasteful; recklessly prodigal or extravagant; utterly and shamelessly immoral
prophetic
foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention
propitiate
to make peace with; to make favorably inclined; to appease; to conciliate
protracted
lasting for a longer time than expected
rapacious
greedy; predatory; given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed
renounce
to give up by formal declaration
repast
a meal
requisition
the act of requiring or demanding; a demand made; an authoritative or formal demand for something to be done or given
retinue
the group following and attending to some important person
solicitude
to care or show concern; an attitude expressing excessive attentiveness
sonorous
giving out a rich, deep, loud sound;
specter
a visible non-material spirit, especially one of a terrifying nature; ghost
sublime
set high, lofty, awe-inspiring; inspiring awe, worthy of adoration or reverence
substratum
an underlying layer; something that is spread or laid under something else; something that serves as a basis or foundation
sultry
sweltering, stuffy; oppressively hot and close or moist
superlative
the highest level or degree attainable; of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme; the highest degree of the comparison
tremulous
trembling; quivering; fearful; timid
trenchant
vigorous or incisive in expression; caustic; cutting; vigorous; effective; energetic; clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct
trepidation
tremulous fear, alarm or agitation
tumbril
a farmer's cart, especially one for hauling manure/dung, that can be tilted to discharge its load; one of the carts used during the French revolution to convey victims to the guillotine.
turbid
cloudy, opaque
ubiquitous
present everywhere
London
the capital of England
Paris
the capital of France

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