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51 terms

Haskett Non-Fiction

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despotic
adj. like an absolute ruler or tyrant
chattel
n. a movable item of personal property
cipher
adj. code
slouching
adj. drooping
censure
n. strong disapproval
gaunt
adj. thin and bony
droll
adj. comic and amusing in an odd way
anecdote
n. a brief story about an interesting, amusing, or strange event told to illustrate a point
establish a purpose
v. decide why you are reading a selection before reading it. ex. pure enjoyment, learn something new
feature article
n. a newspaper or magazine story written to entertain readers or to provide information on a subject of human interest
human interest
article designed to evoke an emotional response to its subjects' achievements or problems
microcosms
n. little worlds
metaphors
n. ways of speaking of things as though they were something else
poignant
adj. drawing forth compassion; moving
malevolence
n. bad or evil feelings or intentions
immortalized
v. given lasting fame
persuasive appeal
urgent appeal or warning that aims to convince the reader to think or act in a certain way
purged
v. cleansed
pyre
n. pile of wood on which a body is burned at a funeral
perennial
adj. constant
blight
n. something that destroys or prevents growth
moribund
adj. dying
postulated
v. claimed
beleaguered
adj. worried; tormented
schism
n. division
apartheid
policy of segregation and discrimination that was once practiced against non whites in South Africa
tone
n. the attitude a writer takes toward an audience or subject
pinions
n. last bony sections of a bird's wings
hieroglyphics
n. pictures that represent words or ideas
confer
v. to give
pernicious
destructive
ideology
n. ideas on which a political, economic, or social system is based
chasms
n. deep cracks in Earth's surface
covenant
n. agreement or contract
inalienable
adj. not able to be taken away
figurative language
n. language that means more than it literally says, used to create vivid impressions
generate questions
ask questions while reading such as who, what, where, when, why, and how
diverged
v. branched out in different directions
dallying
v. wasting time; loitering
submerged
adj. covered with something; underwater
harness
v. attach, as with straps for pulling or controlling
amicably
adv. agreeably
meticulously
adv. very carefully and precisely
specters
n. ghostly images; phantoms
ominous
adj. threatening; menacing
unpalatable
adj. distasteful; unpleasant
entomologist
n. somebody who studies bugs
perspective
point of view; from whom the story is told or read
biography
n. a story that provides information on somebody else's life
oppression
n. unjust actions by authority on a person
exhortation
n. the act of urging, advising or encouraging