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The Things They Carried

Vocab for the novel.
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Volition
(n) — the faculty or power of using one's will
Topography
(n) — the arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area; the detailed description or representation of on a map of such features
Tangible
(adj) — perceptible by touch; clear, definite or real
Entrench
(v) — to establish in a position of great authority or security
Exuberance
(n) —lively energy or excitement
Eviscerate
(v) — to disembowel; to gut; to deprive something of its essential content
Censure
(n) — the expression of formal disapproval
Acquiesce
(v) — to accept something reluctantly but without protest
Platitude
(n) — a remark or statement that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
Bewilderment
(n) — a state of confusion or being perplexed
Reticence
(n) — shyness; not immediately showing one's feelings
Rectitude
(n) — morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness
Drudgery
(n) — hard, menial or dull work
Napalm
(n) — a highly flammable sticky jell used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps
Improbable
(adj) — not likely to be true or to happen
Plod
(v) — to walk doggedly or slowly with heavy steps
Pagoda
(n) — a Hindu or Buddhist temple or sacred building, typically a many-tiered tower
Cadre
(n) — a small group of people specially trained for a particular purpose or profession
Kilter
(n) — out of harmony or balance [to be off kilter / out of kilter]
Condolence
(n) — an expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death
Rucksack
(n) — a military issue bag (resembling a backpack)
Infatuation
(n) — an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for
Translucent
(adj) — allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through
Catharsis
(n) — the process of releasing, and thereby giving relief from strong or repressed emotions
Causation
(n) — the action of causing something; the relationship between cause & effect; causality
Hamlet
(n) — a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village
Bedlam
(n) — a scene of uproar or confusion
Dispense
(v) — to distribute or provide; to supply
Taut
(adj) — stretched or pulled tight; tense; not relaxed
Imperative
(adj) — of vital importance; crucial