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Lord of the Flies



Vocabulary: Chapters 1-2


Lagoon = a shallow sound, channel, or pond near or communicating with a larger body of water


Proffer = to present for acceptance : TENDER, OFFER


Efflorescence = the period or state of flowering


Specious = having a false look of truth or genuineness


Effulgence = radiant splendor : BRILLIANCE


Fulcrum = a part of an animal that serves as a hinge or support


Fluke = a flattened digenetic trematode worm,  or a whale tale


Gorge = a narrow passage through land; especially : a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon;  or, a primitive device used instead of a fishhook that consists of an object (as a piece of bone attached in the middle of a line) easy to swallow but difficult to eject


Mirage = an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a hot pavement, that may have the appearance of a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted, and that is caused by the bending or reflection of rays of light by a layer of heated air of varying density


Askew = out of line : AWRY


Surmount = to prevail over : OVERCOME <surmount an obstacle>;  to get to the top of : CLIMB


Bastion = a projecting part of a fortification; a fortified area or position;  something that is considered a stronghold


Hiatus = a break in or as if in a material object : GAP ;  an interruption in time or continuity


Interposed = to place in an intervening position b : to put (oneself) between : INTRUDE


Loll = to act or move in a lax, lazy, or indolent manner


Gesticulate = to make gestures especially when speaking


Aromatic = FRAGRANT b : having a strong smell c : having a distinctive quality


Tumult = disorderly agitation or milling about of a crowd usually with uproar and confusion of voices : COMMOTION


Tirade = a protracted speech usually marked by intemperate, vituperative, or harshly censorious language


Errant = straying outside the proper path or bounds


Ebullience = the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings : EXUBERANCE


Officious = volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed : MEDDLESOME


Caper = PRANK OR an illegal or questionable act; especially : THEFT

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Vocabulary: Chapters 3-4



Tendril = a leaf, stipule, or stem modified into a slender spirally coiling sensitive organ serving to attach a climbing plant to its support


Pendant = something suspended: as a : an ornament (as on a necklace) allowed to hang free b : an electrical fixture suspended from the ceiling


Abyss = the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos; an immeasurably deep gulf or great space


Furtive = done by stealth : SURREPTITIOUS b : expressive of stealth : SLY


Avid = desirous to the point of greed : urgently eager : GREEDY <avid for publicity>
2 : characterized by enthusiasm and vigorous pursuit


Tacit = expressed or carried on without words or speech


Rapt = transported with emotion : ENRAPTURED; wholly absorbed : ENGROSSED


Inscrutable = not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood : MYST


Pallor = deficiency of color especially of the face : PALENESS


Trodden = to step or walk on or over


Vicissitude = the quality or state of being changeable : MUTABILITY


Contrite = grieving and penitent for sin or shortcoming


Antagonism = opposition of a conflicting force, tendency, or principle <the antagonism of democracy to dictatorship>; actively expressed opposition or hostility


Indignantaton - anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean


Incredulous =  unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true : not credulous : SKEPTICAL


Gaudy = ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented;  marked by dazzling brilliance, showiness, or extravagance


Susurration = a whispering sound : MURMUR

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Sepal = one of the modified leaves comprising a calyx -- see FLOWER illustration


Blatant = completely obvious, conspicuous, or obtrusive especially in a crass or offensive manner : BRAZEN


Menace = a show of intention to inflict harm : THREAT


Generic = relating to or characteristic of a whole group or class : GENERAL b : being or having a nonproprietary name c : having no particularly distinctive quality or application


Trivial = COMMONPLACE, ORDINARY; of little worth or importance


Chastise = to inflict punishment


Incursion = a hostile entrance into a territory


Myriad = a great number <a myriad of ideas>

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Fibrous = TOUGH, SINEWY <fibrous texture>

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Swarthiness = of a dark color, complexion, or cast


Sinewy = TOUGH, STRINGY <sinewy meat> b : STRONG <sinewy arms>


Inclination = a tendency to a particular aspect, state, character, or action


Incredulous = unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true : not credulous : SKEPTICAL


Ecstatic = of, relating to, or marked by ecstasy




Vocabulary: Chapters 5-6


Astonish = to strike with sudden and usually great wonder or surprise


Jeer = to speak or cry out with derision or mockery


Grim = somber, gloomy


Ineffectual = not producing the proper or intended effect : futile


Flourish = to grow luxuriantly


Ceremonially = belonging to ceremony : stressing careful attention to form and detail

Lavatory = a room with conveniences for washing and usually with one or more toilets


Effigy = an image or representation especially of a person; especially : a crude figure representing a hated person


Derision = the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt


Incantation = a use of spells or verbal charms spoken or sung as a part of a ritual of magic


Tremulous = characterized by or affected with trembling or tremors


Leviathan = something large or formidable

Mutiny = forcible or passive resistance to lawful authority; especially : concerted revolt against a superior officer


Reverence =


Lamentation =



Vocabulary: Chapters 7-8


Dun = marked by dullness and drabness


Covert = not openly shown


Daunting = honor or respect felt or shown : DEFERENCE; especially : profound adoring awed respect


Swathe = to bind, wrap, or swaddle with or as if with a bandage : ENVELOP


Clarity = the quality or state of being clear


Crestfallen = feeling shame or humiliation : DEJECTED

Sage = wise through reflection and experience


Glower = to look or stare with sullen annoyance or anger


Imperious = intensely compelling : URGENT


Taboo = banned on grounds of morality or taste


Conscious = perceiving, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation


Conscience = the sense of blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good



Vocabulary: Chapters 9-10


Saunter = to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner : STROLL


Phosphorescence = luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiation at one wavelength followed by delayed reradiation at a different wavelength and that continues for a noticeable time after the incident radiation stops


Assimilate = to make similar


Succulent = full of juice : JUICY b : moist and tasty


Composite = made up of distinct parts


Purge = to clear of guilt b : to free from moral or ceremonial defilement



Vocabulary: Chapters 11-12


Luminous = emitting or reflecting usually steady, suffused, or glowing light


Myopia = a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects


Propitiate = to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of : APPEASE, CONCILIATE


Pinnacle = the highest point of development or achievement : ACME


Truculent = feeling or displaying ferocity : CRUEL, SAVAGE


Inimical = having the disposition of an enemy : HOSTILE




Obscurity = DARK, DIM b : shrouded in or hidden by darkness c : not clearly seen or easily distinguished