77 terms

AQWF chp. 6-12

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diminish
to make smaller
onslaught
a violent, sudden attack
stealthy
sneaky, secretive
claustrophobia
a fear of confining places
debauched
corrupt, perverted
stupor
a daze, mental confusion
oblique
indirect
solace
comfort
scrutinize
to examine closely
putrefaction
rottenness
equanimity
calmness of mind
malicious
spiteful
simulate
to imitate
quixotic
romantically idealistic
precipitous
sudden, reckless
tremulous
trembling
affable
friendly
laudable
worthy of praise
zeal
enthusiasm
obtuse
slow to understand
implacable
inflexible, relentless
extenuating
lessening the seriousness of an offense
abstraction
an idea
placate
to quiet anger, make peace
stratagem
a trick
idyll
a short poem about a peaceful scene
fastidious
not easy to please
chattels
movable property
surreptitious
done secretly
fatuous
foolish, useless, empty
banal
trite, dull from overuse, common
aberration
a deviation from what is typical
superfluous
excessive, unnecessary
artillery
mounted projectile-firing guns or missile launchers
instantaneous
occurring, done, or completed in an instant
indifferent
without interest or concern
bayonet
a daggerlike steel weapon that is attached to or at the muzzle of a gun and used for stabbing or slashing in hand-to-hand combat.
calibre
the diameter of the bore of a gun taken as a unit of measurement
dementing
to make mad or insane
convulsion
contortion of the body caused by violent, involuntary muscular contractions
entanglements
tangles
benediction
an utterance of good wishes
inapprehensible
unintelligible; inconceivable
chloroform
used to to anesthetize, make unconscious, or kill
lorrie
a motor truck, especially a large one
foraging
the acquisition of food by hunting, fishing, or the gathering of plant matter
canteen
a small container used especially by soldiers and hikers for carrying water or other liquids
rations
a fixed allowance of provisions or food
demonstrative
characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc.
apoplexy
a sudden, usually marked loss of bodily function due to rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel
parapet
a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification
dejected
depressed in spirits
skirmishing
a fight between small bodies of troops
contemptuously
showing the state of being despised; dishonor; disgrace
dregs
the least valuable part of anything
furtively
taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth
melancholy
a gloomy state of mind
abyss
the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos
amiss
in a mistaken way
devastated
to bring to ruin or desolation by violent action
culprit
one accused of or charged with a crime
irresolutely
uncertain how to act or proceed
avert
to turn away or aside
petrified
to be confound with fear, amazement, or awe
billet
to assign lodging
edible
fit to be eaten
provocation
the act of arouseing a feeling or action
convoy
to escort for protection
tetanus
an acute infectious disease characterized by tonic spasm of voluntary muscles especially of the jaw and caused by an exotoxin of a bacterium
superficiality
the quality of being on, not penetrating below, or affecting only the surface
dysentery
a disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood and usually caused by infection
degeneration
a lowering of effective power, vitality, or essential quality to an enfeebled and worsened kind or state
dissolution
separation into component parts
emaciated
to waste away physically
oppressive
unreasonably burdensome or severe
despair
to lose all hope or confidence
rumour
a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts