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A Separate Peace: Vocabulary

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perpendicular
n., a sheer rock surface; (adj.), at right angles to a line or plane
capacious
adj., big enough to contain a large quantity
tacit
adj., understood or implied without being stated openly; not spoken (silent)
convalescence
n., gradual return to good health after an illness or medical treatment; period spent recovering
salient
n., a part of a front, line, or fortification that projects outward into enemy-held territory or toward the enemy
droll
adj., amusing in a wry or odd way
contentious
adj., causing or likely to cause disagreement and disputes between people with differing views; argumentative
prodigious
adj., great in amount, size, or extent; very impressive or amazing
inveigle
v., to charm or entice somebody into doing something that he or she would not otherwise have done
consternation
n., a feeling of bewilderment and dismay, often caused by something unexpected; shocked dismay
rhetorical
n., a question asked for effect that neither expects nor requires an answer
formidable
adj., difficult to deal with or overcome; inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength, or ability; causing fear, dread, or alarm
indignant
adj., angry or annoyed at the unfairness or unreasonableness of somebody or something
genial
adj., having a kind and good-natured disposition or manner; pleasantly mild and warm so as to be conducive to life and growth
inure
v., to make somebody used to something unpleasant over a period of time, so that he or she no longer is bothered or upset by it
deign
v., to do something in a way that shows that you consider it a great favor and almost beneath your dignity to do it
chronic
adj., always present or recurring; repeatedly doing something or behaving compulsively; habitual
inane
adj., having little sense or importance; silly or unintelligent; empty, insubstantial, or void
conniver
n., someone who plans secretly to do something (wrong or illegal); someone who pretends not to know about or do nothing to stop a wrongful or illegal act (showing encouragement or consent)
eloquence
n., the ability to speak forcefully, expressively and persuasively
anarchy
n., a situation in which there is a total lack of organization or control
indiscriminately
adv., making no careful distinctions or choices; random, haphazard, or confused
venerable
adj., worthy of respect as a result of great age, wisdom, remarkable achievements, or similar qualities
insidious
adj., slowly and subtly harmful or destructive
inebriate
v., to cause somebody to become drunk or intoxicated; to make excited or exhilarated (drunk)
suppleness
n., capable of bending, stretching, and moving with ease, fluidity, and grace; adaptable and responsive in grappling with problems or dealing with new challenges (agreeable)
discern
v., to see something that is not very clear or obvious; to understand something that is not immediately obvious
enmity
n., the extreme ill will or hatred that exists between enemies
undulation
n., a sinuous or wavy motion; wave
effulgence
n., brightness or a brilliant light radiating from something
paganism
n., the belief in a religion that is not one of the world's main religions; believing in an ancient polytheistic or pantheistic religion; nonreligious
delirious
adj., irrational as a temporary result of a physical condition; extremely excited or emotional
irresolute
adj., unsure and unable to make decisions
continuity
n., the fact of staying the same, of being consistent throughout, or of not stopping or being interrupted
decalogue
n., ten commandments (the 10 laws given by God to Moses, according to the Bible)
amiably
adv., friendly and pleasant to be with
idiosyncratic
adj., a way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is peculiar to an individual or group (odd or unusual)
ludicrous
adj., utterly ridiculous because of being absurd or unsuitable
reverie
n., a state of idle and pleasant contemplation; daydream
erratic
adj., not predictable, regular, or consistent; often changing direction and not following any definite course; unpredictable
sultriness
n., oppressively hot and damp; giving a suggestion of underlying passion and sensuality
eccentric
adj., unconventional, especially in a whimsical way; (odd way)
tentative
adj., said or done in a slow, hesitant and careful way, revealing a lack of confidence
turbid
adj., opaque and muddy as when particles and sediment are stirred up; dense and cloudy or dark; foggy; confused and muddled
throng
n., a large crowd of people or objects
emissary
n., an agent or representative sent on a particular mission; a secret agent or spy
transcend
v., to go beyond something in quality or achievement; to exist above and apart from the material world
infinitesimal
adj., very small in number, amount, or degree
sinecure
n., a job or position that provides a regular income but requires little or no work
bantam
adj., overconfident and slightly aggressive; small in size
dispensation
n., exemption or release from a rule or obligation
insinuate
v., to hint at something unpleasant or suggest it indirectly and gradually; to introduce yourself gradually and cunningly into a position
implausibility
n., hardly likely to be true
burlesque
n., the mocking of a serious matter or style by imitating it in an incongruous (unsuitable) way
futility
n., lack of usefulness or effectiveness; an action that has no use, purpose, or effect; lack of importance, seriousness, or sensibleness
zestfully
adv., full of or showing lively enjoyment and enthusiasm
sanctity
n., the condition of being considered sacred or holy and entitled to respect and reverence
inevitable
adj., impossible to avoid or to prevent from happening
reticent
adj., unwilling to communicate much, talk a lot, or reveal all the facts
opulent
adj., characterized by an obvious or lavish display of wealth or affluence; in richly abundant supply
vagaries
n., an unpredictable or eccentric change, action, or idea
sobriety
n., abstinence from moderation in the use of alcohol or drugs; the quality of being serious and thoughtful; living sanely- no crazy stuff
whimsical
adj., imaginative and impulsive; slightly odd, old-fashioned, or playful; behaving in such a way as to be impossible to predict
pungent
adj., with a strong smell or powerfully sharp or bitter taste; expressed in or showing a witty and biting manner
refute
v., to prove something to be false or somebody to be in error through logical argument or by proving evidence to the contrary; to deny an allegation or contradict a statement without disproving it
aphorism
n., a succinct statement expressing an opinion or a general truth
hypocritical
adj., falsely claiming high principles
sententious
adj., expressing much in few words; inclined to moralize more than is merited or appreciated
gullible
adj., tending to trust and believe people and therefore easily tricked or deceived
novelty
n., a small inexpensive toy, ornament, piece of jewelry or trinket; the quality of being new, original, and different
multifarious
adj., including parts, things, or people of many different kinds
terminus
n., a point where something stops or reaches its end
duress
n., the use of force or threats to make somebody do something
cacophony
n., an unpleasant combination of loud, often jarring sounds
preposterous
adj., going very much against what is thought to be sensible or reasonable; outrageous or absurd
precarious
adj., dangerously unstable, unsteady, uncertain or insecure; unsafe
accolade
n., a sign or expression of high praise and esteem for somebody (recognition of someone's achievements)
austerity
n., severity of discipline, regime, expression, or design; severity or plainness; a saving, economy, or act of self-denial (against luxury)
rejoinder
n., a reply to something said (in a sharp, critical, angry way); retort
eunuch
n., a man or boy whose testicles have been removed or do not function
incredulous
adj., unable or unwilling to believe something or completely unconvinced by it
rueful
adj., feeling, showing, or causing regret (regretful); causing (inducing) people to feel pity
torpid
adj., lacking physical or mental energy
arch
adj., expressing playfulness, mischief, or shared humor in a knowing way; most extreme; most hostile
tumult
n., a violent or noisy commotion; a psychological or emotional upheaval or agitation
poignant
adj., causing a sharp sense of sadness, pity, or regret; particularly penetrating and effective or relevant; causing acute physical pain
incongruity
n., something that does not seem to fit in with or be appropriate to its context
decrepit
adj., in poor condition (old, overused, or not working efficiently); with strength lessened by the effects of age
innate
adj., relating to qualities that a person or animal is born with
impervious
adj., remaining unmoved and unaffected by other people's opinions, arguments, or suggestions; not allowing passage into or through something
animosity
n., a feeling or spirit of hostility and resentment
bellicose
adj., ready or inclined to quarrel, fight, or go to war
reprieve
v., to halt or delay somebody's punishment; to provide somebody with temporary relief from something harmful, (danger, pain)
cogitation
n., deep thought or consideration that somebody gives to a particular problem or subject
vagueness
adj., not clear in meaning or intention
tangible
adj., able to be touched or perceived through the sense of touch; capable of being understood and evaluated and is regarded as real
morale
n., the general level of confidence or optimism felt by a person or group of people (especially as it affects discipline and willingness)
forlorn
adj., lonely and miserable, as though deserted or abandoned; deprived of something