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The Red Badge of Courage, Chapters 3-8

This will be on RBoC Quiz 1 that covers Chapters 1-8
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facetious
(adj.) humorous, not meant seriously
tumult
a state of commotion and noise and confusion
discomfit
to frustrate, thwart, or defeat; to confuse, perplex, or embarrass
respite
a pause from doing something (as work)
querulous
habitually complaining
pummeling
to strike repeatedly with your fists
vindictive
showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt
eddy (past tense "eddied)
a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
leer
a suggestive or sneering look or grin
leering
showing sly or knowing malice in a glance
contortion
the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
oratorical
relating to the art of public speaking
countenance
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
resplendent
having great beauty and splendor
sagacious
acutely insightful and wise
protestation
a formal and solemn declaration of objection
trepidation
a feeling of alarm or dread
perfunctory
hasty and without attention to detail
ilk
kind; sort; class; type; a kind of person
regardant
in profile and looking to the rear
obstinantly
Stubbornly
fringe
n., edge
grove
n., small wood without underbrush
bushwhacker
Person who takes part in an ambush
amputate
To surgically remove (for example an arm or leg). Medicine was not as advanced as today during the Civil War; unable to fight infections in torn or broken limbs, Civil War doctors often amputated them.
shell
Projectile from a cannon that explodes
banshee
According to traditional Irish folklore, a female spirit who wails and shrieks; supposedly when a banshee appeared, the death of someone present was imminent.
reserves
Military force withheld from action for later use
wee
Very small, tiny
turbulent
adj., causing unrest, violence, or disturbance
nip
vt., pinch, bite
conventional
adj., ordinary, commonplace
billowing
adj., rising or rolling in waves
flank
The right or left of a formation (of soldiers)
highwaymen
People who rob travelers along roads
singular fortune
Surprisingly good luck
facetious
adj., joking or jesting often inappropriately
throng
n., large number of assembled persons
exasperated
adj., enraged, irritated, annoyed
bawl
vi., cry out at the top of one's voice
appalling
adj., inspiring horror, dismay, or
disgust
composite
Made up of distinct parts
circus parade
In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, traveling circuses would advertise their arrival in town by parading through the main streets.
cartridge
Metal tube containing the charge for a firearm
dingy
adj., dirty, shabby
sober
adj., subdued in tone or color
feign
vi., pretend
prominence
n., quality, state, or fact of being noticeable or conspicuous
rally
vt., arouse for action; rouse
from depression or weakness
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