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Literature Vocabulary

Stories used - Into Thin Air, Dream Come True, The Final Assault, Inferno, Antigone, Iliad, How Much Land Does a Man Need?, The Kaffir Boy, Damon & Pythias, Two Friends
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precipitous
extremely steep
discernable
perceptible by the senses or intellect
belay
turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him
encroach
advance beyond the usual limit
undulation
wave-like motion
vociferous
conspicuously and offensively loud
sated
fed beyond capacity or desire
anarchist
person who seeks to overturn the established government
sententiously
in a trite and moralizing way
sultry
characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
transcend
go beyond
deference
courteous yielding to the wishes and ideas of another person; great respect marked by submission, as to a superior
vile
thoroughly unpleasant
piety
devotion and reverence to God
blasphemy
an act, utterance, or writing showing contempt for something sacred
lamentation
expression of regret or sorrow
chorister
a singer in a choir
pique
to irritate, to arouse, to provoke
disparage
express a negative opinion of
forbore
refrained from
aggrieve
v. To give grief or sorrow to.
sheaf
bundle of stalks of grain; any bundle of things tied together
arable
Fit for growing crops (farmland)
fallow
left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season
impediment
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress, a barrier; obstruction
hindrance
any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
annal
a historical record
reproach
a mild rebuke or criticism; disgrace or shame
unremittingly
constantly or without stopping
beguilement
an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
avenger
person who seeks revenge for a wrongdoing
implore
to beg
ardent
characterized by intense emotion
vernal
suggestive of youth; of or occurring in spring.
jauntiness
a breezy liveliness
mannequin
a life-size dummy used to display clothes
immaculate
without fault or error; completely clean and without stain
indefatigable
tireless
ramshackle
appearing ready to collapse, loose and shaky
abject
most unfortunate or miserable
postulate
maintain or assert
honing
perfecting a skill as one would sharpen a blade
flounder
walk with great difficulty
gaunt
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
tremulous
trembling; wavering
zeal
excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end
grotesque
distorted and unnatural in shape or size
awe
an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
writhe
to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
nimble
moving quickly and lightly