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Old Man & the Sea Vocabulary

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treachery
An act of deliberate betrayal
gaunt
very thin, especially from disease, hunger or cold
dispersed
distributed or spread over a considerable extent
imperceptible
impossible or difficult to perceive by the mind or senses
myriad
too numerous to be counted; a large indefinite number
humiliate
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
desperately
in intense despair; with great urgency
commence
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; set in motion
sustenance
the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence; a source of materials to nourish the body
taut
pulled or drawn tight; subjected to great tension
conscientiously
with extreme conscientiousness or care
interminable
tiresome and long; seemingly without end
immune
not affected by a given influence; secure against
resolution
finding a solution to a problem; a decision to do something or to behave in a certain way
elegance
a refined quality gracefulness and good taste; a quality of neatness and ingenious simplicity
burnished
made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
benevolent
generous in providing aid to others
ineffectual
not producing an intended effect; lacking in power or forcefulness
teeter
to move unsteadily or with a rocking motion
surge
a sudden or abrupt strong increase; a large sea wave; a sudden forceful flow
peril
a source of danger; a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
grudgingly
in a reluctant manner
improvise
perform without preparation; manage in a makeshift way
coagulate
transformed from liquid into a soft semisolid or solid mass; change from a liquid to a thicker substance
annul
by recalling or rescinding; declare invalid