37 terms

The Red Badge of Courage Vocabulary

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exhortation
(n.) exclamation used to compel certain behavior
exertion
(n.) difficult physical activity
contrivance
(n) something made up from pieces of other things
Pathos
(n) feeling of sadness or pity in observer
lurid
(a) graphic, attracting attention
derisive
(a) demeaning, meant to insult
piteous
(a) creating feeling of pity
haggard
(a) worn down, tattered, old
forlorn
(a) sad
malediction
(n) curse
calamity
(n) catastrophic event
compunction
(a) feeling of obligation
pestiferous
(a) lots of pests (e.g. rats, bugs)
vociferous
(a) loud, talkative
prolific
(a) (re)producing quickly
somniferous
(a) inspiring sleep
coniferous
(a) producing cones
odoriferous
(a) smelly
peremptory
(a) showing imperious or arrogant self-assurance
cowl
(n) a hood or long hooded cloak esp. of a monk
gamin
(n) boy who hangs around the streets, urchin
audacious
(a) recklessly bold, rash
ethereal
(a) beyond the earth, celestial, heavenly, spiritual
teamster
(n) one who drives a team (horses, oxen, etc.)
bedraggled
(a) dilapidated; soiled or stained as if having been dragged in mud
stentorian
(a) very loud
obdurate
(a) unwilling to change
sward
(n) a grassy yard or field
paroxysm
(n) a sudden emotional outburst, fit or convulsion
succor
(v/n) relieve; relief, aid
tableau
(n) artistic picture or grouping (sometimes depicted by silent and still actors on a stage)
impetus
(n) compelling influence
melee
(n) a hand-to-hand fight among several people
charnel
(n) building where bodies are deposited, mausoleum
crone
(n) a withered old woman
adroit
(a) dexterous, able, physically coordinated, skilled
lugubrious
(a) mournful, dark, dramatic, brooding, dismal