20 terms

Good Earth Chapters 8-14

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slaking
quench or satisfy
berate
scold or criticize (someone) angrily
unctuous
having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell
acrid
of a person) excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily
imperturbable
unable to be upset or excited; calm
ponderous
Slow and clumsy.
wisp
A small thin or twisted bunch, piece, or amount of something (e.g. wisp of smoke).
respite
A short period of rest or relent from something difficult or unpleasant.
gaunt
Lean and haggard, grim and desolate looking, because of suffering.
wizened
Shriveled or wrinkled with age.
gentry
people of good social position, specifically (in the UK) the class of people next below the nobility in position and birth
opulent
ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish : the opulent comfort of a limousine.
gourmands
A person who enjoys eating and often eats too much
adept
very skilled or proficient at something
repose
temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep
hovels
a small squalid, unpleasant, or simply constructed dwelling.
seethed
bubble up as result of being boiled. def. (of a river or a sea) foam as if it were boiling.
diffidently
shy; lack of self-confidence.
coffers
strong box or small chest to hold valuables.
clarity
the quality of being clear (hearing, sight, certain or definite, and/or transparency or purity.)