25 terms

Heart Of Darkness Vocab

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Diaphanous
(esp. of fabric) light, delicate, and translucent
Somnambulist
sleepwalker
Desolation
a state of complete emptiness or destruction
Countenances
a person's face or facial expression
Cravat
a short, wide strip of fabric worn by men around the neck and tucked inside an open-necked shirt; necktie
Gabardine
raincoat made of a smooth, durable twill-woven cloth, typically of worsted or cotton
Wean
accustom (someone) to managing without something on which they have become dependent or become excessively fond
Sordid
involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt
Languid
displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed
Lugubrious
looking or sounding sad and dismal
Athwart
from side to side of; across
Insidious
proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects
Moribund
at the point of death
Rapacity
aggressively greedy or grasping
Beguiled
charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way
Indefatigable
(of a person or their efforts) persisting tirelessly
Ostentation
pretentious and vulgar display, esp. of wealth and luxury, intended to impress or attract notice
Pestilential
annoying
Pestiferous
constituting a pest or nuisance; annoying
Sagacious
having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd
Intrepidity
fearlessness; adventurous; resolute courageousness
Recondite
(of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse
Bereavement
be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, esp. due to the loved one's death
Peroration
the concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience.
Harlequin
a mute character in traditional pantomime, typically masked and dressed in a diamond-patterned costume