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TTM C1 Vocab

Vocabulary Words for Chapter 1 of The Time Machine

expound to explain or state something; to give details about something
recondite not understood or known by many people
animated full of life and energy
radiance a warm, soft light that shines from something
caress to touch (someone or something) in a gentle way
trammels somethings impeding activity, progress, or freedom
precision being exact or accurate
lean containing little or no fat
earnest a serious and sincere mental state
paradox something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible
fecundity the quality of being very inventive or coming up with many ideas
controvert to say or prove that (something) is untrue
universally existing or true at all times or in all places
misconception a wrong idea
abstraction a general idea or quality rather than an actual person, object, or event; something that exists only as an idea in people’s minds, like love
instantaneous happening in no time at all
pensive quietly sad or thoughtful
extension the total range over which something extends
duration the length of time that something exists or lasts
infirmity something wrong with someone, often a disease
incline to lean toward an opinion or way to act
distinction a noticeable difference between things or people
intermittently starting, stopping, and starting again
spasmodic like it’s having a spasm, which is a muscle or muscles moving without your control
extensively fully, completely, largely
accession something added
consciousness the normal state of being awake and able to understand what is happening around you
reference the act of mentioning something in speech or in writing, referring to something
philosophical relating to the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.
introspective the state of examining your own thoughts or feelings
mystic mysterious, magical, and a little bit unholy
transitory lasting only for a short time
curious strange, unusual, or unexpected
unalterable cannot be changed
assimilation being absorbed
inequalities the parts that are unequal or uneven
immaterial not important or significant
uniform staying the same all the time
vividly seeming like real life because it is very clear, bright, or detailed; brightly colored
occurrence something that happens
absent-minded lost in thought and unaware of one's surroundings or actions; literally means your mind isn’t present
savage a person who doesn’t have a complex or advanced culture
accelerate to move faster; to gain speed
investigation a search to try to find out the facts
vague not clear
inkling an uncertain idea about something
indifferent does not matter one way or the other
content pleased and satisfied; not needing more
verification something that proves something else is true or correct
remarkable unusual or surprising; likely to be noticed and mentioned
tolerance the act of allowing something; enduring; accepting something different or painful
anachronism a person or a thing that seems to belong to a different time than where it is found, for example, an iPhone in a movie set in the Victorian Era
accumulate to increase little by little in amount as time passes
erect to build something
extravagant more than needed, necessary, or makes sense
humbug someone or something that is not honest or true
sleight-of-hand a cleverly executed trick or deception
conjurer a person who performs magic (usually tricks)
preface the introductory words of a speaker or author
anecdote a short story about an interesting or funny event or occurrence
scarcely almost not at all
substance a material of a particular kind
explicit very clear and completely shown; leaving no doubt about the meaning
unaccountable not able to be explained; strange or mysterious
mechanism a piece of machinery or a machine
illuminated brightened with light
subtly hard to notice or see; not obvious; clever and indirect; not showing your real purpose
conceive to think of or create something in the mind
adroitly very clever or skillful
affair an object not completely described
apparatus an instrument or appliance designed for a specific operation
singular strange or odd
askew not straight; at an angle
retort to answer back, usually sharply
quack a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people
interminable having or seeming to have no end
indistinct not easily seen, heard, or recognized; not clear
eddy a circular movement of air or water (or time, in this case)
save except
stupor a condition in which someone is not able to think normally because of being tired or in an altered state of mind
reminiscence something so much like something else as to be regarded as an unconscious repetition or imitation
unhinged having mentally lost it
presume to think that something is true without knowing that it is true
impartiality having no bias
diluted made thinner or less strong
vacant empty
plausible possibly true; believable or realistic; could have happened
incredulous not able or willing to believe something; feeling or showing a lack of belief
edition a particular version of a product
quartz a mineral that is often found in the form of a hard crystal and that is used especially to make clocks and watches
aloft in the air
solemn very serious or formal in manner, behavior, or expression
Created by: MsSchmidt



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