Paradise Lost, Book IV and V: Vocabulary Flashcards

Filial piety
Terms Definitions
Diminished
Lowered in importance, estimation, or power.
Recompense
Compensation or return for trouble, exertion, services, or merit.
Eminence
A lofty or elevated position.
Vaunts
To boast or brag
Feigned
Fictitiously invented or devised.
Mar
To hamper or hinder, to impair or damage.
Perturbation
The action of disturbing the peace, public order, etc.; public unrest or disorder; trouble, commotion.
Verdurous
Of vegetation: Rich or abounding in verdure; flourishing thick and green.
Amid
In the middle or in the midst.
Umbrageous
Forming or affording shade; shady.
Luxuriant
Producing abundantly, prolific. Now rare.
Sanctitude
The quality of being holy or saint-like; holiness, sanctity.
Filial
Bearing the relation to a son or daughter.
Coy
Quiet, still.
Damask
To weave with richly-figured designs.
Mirth
To be glad, rejoice.
Insinuating
To introduce oneself, make one's way, or penetrate, by sinuous or subtle way.
Forlorn
Lost, not to be found.
Abhor
To shrink back with shuddering, to view with horror or dread.
Alights
The action of descending or dismounting; descent, landing.
Confer
To bring together, gather, collect; to add together.
Amiably
Lovably, agreeably, so as to attract love or admiration.
Askance
Sidewise, obliquely, askew, asquint; with a side glance.
Ensue
To follow in (a person's steps); to follow (a leader, etc.)
Titular
Of, pertaining to, consisting of, or denoted by a title of dignity; also, having the title of rank, titled; bearing or conferring, the appropriate title.
Engrossed
Collected from various quarters, amassed in large quantity.
Prostration
The mental attitude which is implied in prostrating the body; humiliation, abasement, or abject submission; veneration, adulation, or reverence.
Circumscribed
Limited, confined, restricted.
Illustrious
Possessing lustre by reason of high birth or rank, noble or lofty action or qualities; distinguished, eminent; renowned, famous.
Impious
Not pious; Without piety or reverence to God and his ordinances; presumptuously irreligious, wicked, or profane.
Fervent
Hot, burning, glowing, boiling.
Puissance
Power, strength, force, might, prowess; influence.
Beseeching
An earnest request, entreaty, prayer.
Besieging
The action of laying siege to (a place); the condition of being besieged.
Perfidious
Guilty of breaking faith or violating confidence; deliberately faithless: treacherous.
Contagion
Contagious by quality or influence
Impendent
The action of impeding; hindrance, impediment. Now Rare
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