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Vocabulary

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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Vagrant = WANDERER, ROVER

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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

 

Ensconce = SHELTER, CONCEAL

 

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