Grapes of Wrath Vocabulary Flashcards

vocabulary
Terms Definitions
fatuously
foolish
emerged
arose
apprehension
fright
vivaciousness
livelyness
sardonically
sarcastically
dispersal
dispersion
irritably
easily annoyed
spindly
long slender
bemused
to make confused
zenith
the highest point
declivity
a downward slope
vehement
zealous; ardent; impassioned:
ostracism
method of temporary banishment
ravenously
extremely hungry; famished; voracious:
convulsed
to shake violently; agitate.
slovenly
untidy especially in personal appearance
intricacies
complexly interrelating parts or elements
degenerate
to diminish in quality, deteriorate
effluvium
foul-smelling outflow or vapor; shedding
chambray
a linen finished gingham cloth
disconsolate
without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable:
serene
calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled:
luxuriously
characterized by luxury; ministering or conducive to luxury:
epitome
typical example, summary of written work
bleakly
lacking in warmth, life, and kindliness
inveterate
confirmed in a habit : habitual
pique
tightly woven fabric; resentment or indignation; offense; sudden outburst of anger
stealthy
done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive:
sluggish
indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent:
relinquished
to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.):
menacingly
something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat:
waver
an act of fluttering or vacillating
Lennie
mentally handicapped in "Of Mice and Men"
ravenous
very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification
putrescence
slightly poisonous thing in all living things
recant
to make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held belief
vehemence
the quality of being vehement; ardor; fervor.
mattock
an instrument for loosening the soil in digging, shaped like a pickax, but having one end broad instead of pointed.
paradoxes
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
morose
gloomily or sullenly ill-humored, as a person or mood.
malice
desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness:
arbiter
a person with power to decide a dispute : judge
skulk
to hide or conceal something out of cowardice or fear
Supplication
ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly
animosity
a feeling of strong dislike, ill will, or enmity that tends to display itself in action:
sullen
showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve.
scrounge
to borrow (a small amount or item) with no intention of repaying or returning it:
titular
existing or being such in title only; nominal; having the title but none of the associated duties, powers, etc.:
mincing
to cut or chop into very small pieces.
relish
liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
citadel
a fortress that commands a city and is used in the control of the inhabitants and in defense during attack or siege
syllepsis
the use of a word or expression to perform two syntactic functions, esp. to modify two or more words of which at least one does not agree in number, case, or gender, as the use of are in Neither he nor we are willing.
fetlocks
the projection of the leg of a horse behind the joint between the cannon bone and great pastern bone, bearing a tuft of hair.
noose
a loop with a running knot, as in a snare, lasso, or hangman's halter, that tightens as the rope is pulled.
cantankerous
disagreeable
accounterments
accesories
timbre
tone
contrite
repentant
lingered
to remain
hoist
to hoist.
eminent
high ranking, prominent
conserved
preserved your resources
beseech
to implore urgently:
flailing
wave or swing violently
docile
easily led or managed
listless
lacking energy or enthusiasm
rakish
like a rake; dissolute:
ferment
agitation; unrest; excitement; commotion; tumult:
Grandma
died right at the border
truculent
fiers; cruel; savagely brutal. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing
ascertain
discover through examination or experimentation; to detirmine
fetid
having an offensive odor; stinking
nonchalantly
coolly unconcerned, indifferent, or unexcited; casual:
East of Eden
John Steinbeck's Genesinian novel
hobnail
short, large-headed nail used for studding shoes
restiveness
impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy
Rakishly
having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance
ambivalent
uncertainty or fluctuation, esp. when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things.
intricate
having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved:
titanically
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Titans.
reverential
expressing or having a quality of honor or respect
delusion
fixed belief that is either false, fanciful, or derived from deception
imperturbable
incapable of being upset or agitated; not easily excited; calm
petulant
insolent or rude in speech or behavior; peevish having temporary or capricious ill humor
plaiting
a braid, esp. of hair or straw.
paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
penitent
feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment; repentant; contrite.
conjecture
the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.
levee
an embankment designed to prevent the flooding of a river.
zephyr
A gentle, mild breeze, the west wind
wispy
being a wisp or in wisps; wisplike:
servile
of, or befitting a slave or menial position
languid
lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow:
culvert
a drain or channel crossing under a road, sidewalk, etc.; sewer; conduit.
precious
of high price or great value; very valuable or costly:
aristocrats
a member of an aristocracy, esp. a noble.
transcend
to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed:
quoit
a flattened ring of iron or circle of rope used in a throwing game
derelict
left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned:
drought
a period of dry weather, esp. a long one that is injurious to crops.
warped
to bend or twist out of shape, esp. from a straight or flat form, as timbers or flooring.
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