Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary Flashcards

Terms Definitions
provocative
stimulating
scraggy
unkempt
tiff
spat
punk
rebel
sadist
torturer
Foils
swords
slobber
to drool
blase (a)
uninterested
disgresses
Strays temporarily
Nonchalant
unconcerned; indifferent
gloomy, depressing
dreary
flitty
Unstable; fluttering
innumerable
very numerous.
Compulsory
Required;must be done
gory
covered with blood
expel
to throw out
bourgeois
conventional; middle class
hyperbole (n)
obvious exaggeration
SUNNY'S DRESS COLOR?
GREEN
blase
nonchalantly unconcerned, indifferent, bored
inferiority
strong feelings of inadequacy
psychoanalyze
to investigate using psychoanalasis
Swanky
Stylishly luxurious and expensive
Who is Pheobe
Holden's little sister
halitoosis
condition of having bad breath
enlightening
informative; contributing to one's awareness
Carl Luce is enlightening so Holden calls him
galoshes
a water proof over shoe
blasé
unimpressed or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before
psychoanalyst
treats emotional disorders by encouraging talk
Solicitous of
Full of concern, meticulous care
early 1950s
the setting of his book
chateau (n)
french castle or country house
psychic
able to predict the future
Holden's mother is psychic about certain things
meager
deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty
Pedagogical
teaching method: the principles and methods of instruction
raspy
making a harsh noise; grating; harsh
Dick Slagle
Holden's roommate with the bad suitcase's that holden puts away so that he won't feel bad but this kid ends up taking his suitcases making him a phony
spontaneous
said or done without having been planned or written in advance
Lavish
Generous or liberal in giving or spending
sanguine
inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
ostracize
to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges,
Humility
The quality or condition of being humble
Sacrilegious
Guilty of the violation of anything sacred
Maurice
The elevator operator at the Edmont Hotel, who procures a prostitute for Holden.
digression
a passage or section that deviates from the central theme in speech or writing
falsies
padding or a pad worn inside a brassiere to make the breasts appear larger
Atheist
Somebody who does not believe in God ordeities; doubter.
Alienation from peers
withdrawing from others because of differences that cannot be resolved
Snub
(v) - to treat with distain or contempt.
D.B. Caulfield
holdens older brother who went to Hollywood to be a writer, holden feels like db is prostituting his talents
WHO HAD LARGEST VOCAB AT WHOOTON SCHOOL
CARL LUCE
Betray
to deliver or expose to an enemy by treachery or disloyalty
satire
a term used to describe any form of literature that blends ironic humor and wit with criticism for the purpose of ridiculing folly, vice stupidity in individuals and institutions
blase'
having done something so much as to be bored by it
James Castle
a student at Elkton Hills, he jumps to his death (due to an incient of teasing) He was wearing Holden's green turtleneck.
Why does Holden dislike museums?
Never changing, they remind Holden of other changes
All of the following are symbols in the novel except
ducks, ponds, cap are symbols
How does Holden feel when Phoebe begs him to take her with him?
He feel's dizzy and worries that he's going to pass out again?
verification
confirmation
exhibitionist
show-off
monotonous
repetitive
dough
money
pacifist
peace-lover
convent
a nunnery
diction
word choice
Gladstones
expensive suitcases
mutinous
rebellious, unruly
Affected
Acted upon
frock
coat; cloak
incognito
with concelealed identity
suave
adjective; gracious, debonair
phony
not genuine; fake
Louse
a mean person
sacrilegious
against religionadjective; disrespectful of something sacred
stagger
to move unsteadily; stumble
crude
lacking tact or taste
Intimately
Privately, personally, very closely
spartan
highly self-disciplined; frugal; austere
ironic
humorously sarcastic or mocking
Setting
Late 1940s-early 1950s, New York
inane
lacking sense or substance; empty
pervert
someone very interested in sex
rubberneck
a person who stares inquisitively
premature
occurring, growing before the assigned time; early
sentimental
resulting from emotion rather than reason
rile
irritate; vex, upset
Holden could rile up Stradlater by being annoying instead of hitting him
distinguished
set apart from other such things
chateau
an impressive country house (or castle) in France
scrupulous
very principled, very careful and conscientious
Ernie
Piano player and owner of Ernie's nightclub. Good player but a big phoney.
predilection
noun, a tendency to think favorably of
digested
to take into mind or memory;to assimilate mentally
ironical
meaning the opposite of what is expressed
unscrupulous
lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable
Holden
Main Character wants to be "A Catcher in the Rye" when he grows up
The Wicker Bar
Gets totally smashed there; drinks with Carl; calls Sally
WHAT WAS BURLESQUE GIRL THAT EDDIE BIRDSELL KNEW NAME?
FAITH CAVERENDISH
When Holden first see Phoebe at the museum what does he see in her hand ?
a suitcase
Kettle Drums
Only part Holden likes about the Radio City Christmas show
rudolf smidt
made up name he calls himself on train with the woman
"This Abraham Lincoln, sincere voice"
The way Stradlater talks to his dates
why does Holden go to New York?
to get away from the people at Pencey and he doesnt go home because he wants to give his mom time to cool off after she hears about him getting kicked out
Sincere
Adj-genuine
harrowing
distressing
jitterbug
dance
Conscientious
principled
flunk
to fail
reciprocal
interchangeable; complimentary
homely
plain or unattractive
stance
positioning of body
hounds-tooth
broken check fabric
Robert Ackley
unpopular student.
ostracized
to be excluded from
Who is D.B?
Holdens brother
Arthur Childs
student at whooton
brutal
ruthless and cruel; severe
sadistic
deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from inflicting pain on another
Sarcastic
bitterly satirical; scornfully severe; taunting
cumpulsory
something you must do (internally)
chewed the rag
to talk with
motif
recurring symbol, word, image, or object that connect to theme
burlesque
a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way
Frederick Woodruff
Holden let him borrow his typewriter
Pedagogue
A schoolmaster, a teacher; esp. a strict, dogmatic, or pedantic one; Something that serves to teach; a source of instruction or guidance
borgeois
a person belonging to the middle class; a person whose attitudes and behavior are marked by conformity to the standards and conventions of the middle class; Marxist theory, a member of the property-owning class; a capitalist
Qualms
an uneasy feeling of doubt or worry
conceit
excessively high opinion of one's own worth or ability
The Lavender Room
Cheesy club in the Edmont Hotel
repulse
to repel or to rebuff ( with rudness)
solitary
He still didn't say one single _____ word about Jane
the word Holden repeated uses to describe other characters in the novel
- phonies
WHERE DID JAMES CASTLE AND PHIL STABILE GO TO SCHOOL?
ELKTON HILLS
psychoanalyzed
verb; to have made a study of a person's mental health in order to alleviate an emotional disorder
Ernest Morrow
Holden meets his mom; tells her that he's popular and sensitive when he's really the biggest bastard
carousel represents that
things wont get better unless you face them
Holding hands with Jane
According to Holden, he knew he was happy when he was doing what?
Where and what is Pencey Prep?
Pencey Prep is a school in Pennsylvania that Holden attends, but he is not successful there.
Holden is sad and depressed and has a nervous breakdown.
What is the theme of mental deterioration?
immaterial
adjectiveinconsequential
stimulate
to excite
beret
visor-less cap
Rostrum
Platform or podium
Capacity
Able to hold
aristocratic
of an upper class
Iota
a very small quantity
hemorrhages
bursting of blood vessels
Sterling
(adj) admirable or valuable
putrid
decomposed and foul smelling; rotten
matinee
an entertainment; a dramatic performance or movie
illiterate
unable to read and write
gore
coagulated blood from a wound
Frippery
showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress or language
clavichord
n: an early keyboard instrument smaller and much weaker in tone than the piano; a musical instrument with strings and keys
rake
someone who takes advantage of women
connotation
all the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests
sophisticated
marked by wide-ranging knowledge and appreciation of many parts of the world arising from urban life and wide travel
Structure
framework- beginning and end (ch. 1-26) in CA rest home; flashback- ch. 2-25 covers 2.5-3 days in NYC
transgression
a sin, violation of law or commandment
This person pretends that holden suitcases are his own
Dick slagle
Boisterous
Noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
furlough
a temporary layoff from work without pay
Bob Robinson
Bob Robinson has an inferiority complex, according to Holden, but Jane thinks he is conceited because he tells her that he is captain of the debate team.
Ackley
Holden's dorm mate who doesn't know when he crosses the line
qualm
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
Holden Caulfield
The protagonist and narrator of the novel
Mal Brossard
Holden's friend who was on the wrestling team and didn't mind if Ackley went to the movies with them, but wasn't too crazy about the idea.
agnostic
a person who believes it is impossible to know whether or not there is a god
fiend
One who is completely absorbed in or obsessed with a given job or pastime
the secret goldfish
the book that D.B. wrote, Holden's favorite story is about a little kid who wouldn't let anyone look at his goldfish because he had bought it with his own money.
inferiority complex
an acute sense of a personal feeling of little or less importance often resulting either in timidity or through overcompensation in exaggerated aggressiveness
Sally Hayes
A very attractive girl whom Holden has known and dated for a long time. Though Sally is well read, Holden claims that she is "stupid," although it is difficult to tell whether this judgment is based in reality or merely in Holden's ambivalence about being sexually attracted to her. She is certainly more conventional than Holden in her tastes and manners.
Faith Cavendish
Holden calls her to set up a date but it's too late; sounds nice
HOW LONG WAS DB IN ARMY FOR
4 YEARS HE WAS IN DDAY
Why does Holden want to take off with Sally now instead of after college? What is the difference in his eyes?
If they wait until college, Holden believes that they will lose some of their youth and have to gain responsibilities to join the adult world.
snotty
snobby
grippe
flu
Art/Literature/Music
phony things
Alienated
estranged, unfriendly, indifferent
scrawny
having unattractive thinness
loquacious
adj very talkative
Halitosis
N: latin; bad breath
appreciate
to increase in value
Sunny
The green dress prostitute
conceited
characteristic of false pride
Catcher in the Rye published
1951
Unsrupulous
having no moral code, unprincipled
atheism
n, not having belief in God
chisel
to use unethical methods; to cheat
malted
a milkshake made with malt powder
intoxicating
adjective - to make drunk, stimulating, exhilarating
nonchalant-adj
seeming to be coolly unconcerned or indifferent
allusion
a reference to another person, place, ect. that is not part of the story
holden feels bad that James committed suicide
true
hemorrhages (noun)
internal bleeding (from bursting of blood vessels)
Rudolf Schmidt
janitor in Holden's dorm at Pencey, and Holden pretends to be him when he runs into Ernest's mom on the train.
Louis Shaney
Catholic boy from the whooton school who Holden thinks only likes to have conversations with Catholic people and that's why he asked Holden if he is Catholic
Carl Luce
A student at Columbia who was Holden's student advisor at the Whooton School. is three years older than Holden and has a great deal of sexual experience. At Whooton, he was a source of knowledge about sex for the younger boys, and Holden tries to get him to talk about sex at their meeting.
banister
a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
When I really worry about something, I don't just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don't go. I'm too worried to go. I don't want to interrupt my worrying to go.
Holden Caulfield
repulsive
I won't even tell you what they did to him--it's too _____--but he still wouldn't take it back, old James Castle
eddie birdsell
a guy holden met at a party and gave him faith's number
When was he planning on coming back?
Holden planned on coming back when someone was dying and wanted to see him.
WHY DID PHOEBE SAY HER DINNER WAS NOT GOOD EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD A LAMB CHOP?
cHARLENE BREATHED ON HER ALL THE TIME.
lagoon
pond
monotony
sameness
pacifists
peace lover
bawling
sobbing; crying
Humble
Lowly; unpretentious
Hypocrisy
phoniness, false appearance
witty
amusing; clever; funny
commodious
adj spacious, roomy
florid
elaborately or excessively ornamented
boisterious
rough and noisy, unrestrained
fascinated
held the attention of; captivated
Symbolism
Hunting Hat-his dead brother allie
Ducks-Him dealing with harsh situations and the enviroment
Carousel-His world going round and arond
Adaptable
(adj.) Willing to conform or adjust
falsetto
a male singing voice with artificially high tones in an upper register
janitor
someone employed to clean and maintain a building
sarcasm
witty language used to convey insults or scorn
unanimous (Adj)
complete agreement; showing or based on total agreement
Tina & Janine
French singers at the Wicker Bar
Bobby Fallon
Guy that Holden went biking with instead of Allie
Elkton Hills
This is the school where James Castle dies while wearing Holden's sweater and where he begins to think of fighting for his beliefs. He also comes away with the thought that Mr. Antolini is a 'protector'. JE
Tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
Saturday night meals at Pencey
they always serve them steak (that's actually really bad) so when parents come on Sundays and they ask what they had for dinner the night before they can say steak and it will make the school look really good.
Holden was forced to return early to school from New York because
He lost the fencing team's equipment.
After Haulden checks into his room at the Edmont hotel, what does he see out of his window?
A variety of bizarre sex acts going on in the other roooms of the hotel.
Random
Random
immaterial
un-important
canasta
card game
falsetto-adj, noun
high voice
Chiffonier
chest of drawers
brio (n.)
vigor; liveliness
putrid (adj.)
rotten and disgusting
newsreel
a clip of the news
clinch
hold in a tight grasp
insidious
untrustworthy, marked by hidden dangers
Stradlater
Holden's roommate, fights with him after a date with Jane- Holden wanted to protect Jane
muckle-mouthed
talking excessively; having a crooked mouth
Picaresque
adventures of an engagingly roguish hero are described in a series of usually humorous or satiric episodes that often depict, in realistic detail, the everyday life of the common people
Filial
Of or befitting a son or daughter.
Mr. Antolini
Holden's favorite teacher while at Elkton Hills, he is now an english instructor at NYU. His behavior at Antolini's apartment disturbs Holden
anarchy
a state or society without government or law
Mrs. Aigletinger
Always took Holden's class to the museum
digress
to stray from the main subject in writing or speaking
Colloquial Language
Slang, expressions not used in formal speech or writing "ain't"
After leaving Mr. Antolini's house where did he go
he went to Grand Central Station
Where is Holen is planning to move?
His planning to move to the west.
Where was Holden's ideal place to live?
He wanted to live in a cabin to get away from the phony people.
gore-noun
blood
infinitely
endlessley
groping
reaching blindly
D.B.
Holden's brother
sagacious
shrewd; wise
Date of Pulication
1951
jazzy
refers to jazz music
puke
to throw up, vomit
Foyer
entrance hall, public lobby
pedagogical (adj)
pertaining to teaching
Identify the Speaker:
Because you dont. You dont like any schools. You dont like a million things
phobe
unctuous
characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, esp. in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
psycoanalyze
to subject to psychological evaluation
Jane Gallagher
Stradlater's date; Holden's childhood friend; never moved her kings
digresses
strays temporarily from the main topic
Antihero
protagonist whose characters or goals are in opposition to tradition heroism
disgress
strays temporarily from the main topic
Exhaust
To use up or consume completely; expend the whole of
autobiography
story of someone's life from their perspective
Spendthrift
One who spends money recklessly or wastefully.
HOW MUCH WAS LITTLE SHIRLEY BEANS'
5 BUCKS
newark, nj
gets off the train in this city
clique
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
Paul Campbell
playing football with Holden when Mr. Zambesi stopped them
Ch.9
Holden takes a cab (whom he talks about the ducks with) to a hotel full of pervs. He talks to Faith Cavendish who suddenly becomes nice once she realizes she knows him through Princeton.
pinscher
any of three breeds of dogs whose ears and tail are usually cropped
last public interview
1974 after that he become very reclusive
H AND BERNICE DANCED TO?
JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS
"The Abraham Lincoln, sincere voice."
how Holden describes Stadlater when talking to girls
Holden's desire to protect and preserve the innocence of children.
What does Holden's rubbing out profanity (**** You) symbolize?
What happened which Ackley considered funny
Racket fell and hit Holden on the head
What is "the thing with kids and the gold ring"?
 
Don't say anything to them when they try to grab for it even if it makes you scared they will fall off of the horse.
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