27 terms

Moustache Vocabulary Words

Short story by Robert Cormier
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invaded
entered as if to take possession
resident
someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period
arteriosclerosis
a cardiovascular condition, whereby arterial walls get clogged with plaque that hardens, which interferes with blood circulation
betrayed
deceived; let down
ether
colorless, sweet-smelling liquid; used as an anaesthetic
dread
great fear; uneasiness
stance
manner of standing
craggy
rough; uneven
glinting
gleaming
obscured
dimmed; darkened
conspiratorial
having to do with secret planning, plotting
regally
stately; fit for or belonging to a king or queen
the Depression
a period during 1930's when the stock market crashed, banks failed, and many people lost their jobs
parlor
room for receiving guests
a complex
(psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
pretense
pretending; make-believe
serene
peaceful; calm
pathetic
arousing pity; pitiful
antiseptic
substances that prevent the growth of germs that causes infection
nauseous
causing stomach upset; sickening, disgusting, loathsome
cackled
the shrill, broken sound that a hen makes
lapse
a slight mistake or error
lucid
marked by clearness of reasoning, expression
chronic
lasting a long time; constant
corridor
a long passage in a building from which doors lead into rooms
par for the course
an average or normal amount; just what one might expect
theme
a message or meaning that emerges and builds across a text in the reader's awareness; it's revealed through character, plot, conflict, etc.