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Lord of The Flies Vocab. set #1

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abyss
bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth
articulate
to speak distinctly; expressing oneself clearly
bastion
a fortification, a stronghold
blunder
to make a mistake as a result of stupidity or carelessness
cascade
a steep waterfall or series of waterfalls, a continuous series
compress
to contract, to reduce in size or volume
contempt
scorn, extreme dislike or disdain
contrite
extremely apologetic, remorseful, repentant
corpulence
state of being very fat
covert
secret, concealed
credulous
believing on slight evidence, gullible
cynical
given to faultfinding, sneering, and sarcasm; exhibiting mocking disbelief
declivity
downward slope
decorum
appropriate conduct, correct and proper behavior
demur
to hesitate, to delay, to object
derision
scoffing at, mockery, ridicule
diffidence
shyness, reserve, unassertiveness
discursive
rambling, moving from one topic to another randomly
disentangle
to unravel, extricate
disinclination
a desire to avoid, aversion
dubious
doubtful, not clear
ebullient
overflowing with excitement, showing enthusiasm
ferocity
savagery
flourish
to thrive, grow well
foliage
leaves of a plant, leafage
furtive
secret in an underhanded way, stealthy
gravity
seriousness, importance
impervious
incapable of being entered or penetrated, not capable of being damaged
incantation
a spell, written or recited formula of words designed for a particular effect
inscrutable
difficult to understand; mysterious