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9th Grade Novel

Vocabulary for the novel "Lord of the Flies"

Abyss bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth
articulate to speak distinctly; expressing oneself clearly
bastion a fortification, a stronghold
blunder to make a mistake as a result of stupidity or carelessness
cascade a steep waterfall or series of waterfalls, a continuous series
compress to contract, to reduce in size or volume
contempt scorn, extreme dislike or disdain
contrite extremely apologetic, remorseful, repentant
corpulence state of being very fat
covert secret, concealed
credulous believing on slight evidence, gullible
cynical given to faultfinding, sneering, and sarcasm; exhibiting mocking disbelief
declivity downward slope
decorum appropriate conduct, correct and proper behavior
demur to hesitate, to delay, to object
derision scoffing at, mockery, ridicule
diffidence shyness, reserve, unassertiveness
discursive rambling, moving from one topic to another randomly
disentangle to unravel, extricate
disinclination a desire to avoid, aversion
dubious doubtful; not clear
ebullient overflowing with excitement, showing enthusiasm
ferocity savagery
flourish to thrive, to grow well
foliage leaves of a plant, leafage
furtive secret in an underhanded way, stealthy
gravity seriousness, importance
impervious incapable of being entered or penetrated, not capable of being damaged
incantation a spell, written or recited formula of words designed for a particular effect
inscrutable difficult to understand; mysterious
interminable having or seeming to have no end, wearisomely protracted
iridescence the quality of exhibiting rainbow-like colors, brilliant appearance
lament to mourn or to express sorrow in a demonstrative manner
malevolence ill will or evil intentions
muted toned down or silenced
obscure difficult to see, vague
obtuse dull of mind, insensitive, stupid
officious overly dutiful or obliging, insisting on providing a service not requested
opalescent showing or reflecting an iridescent light
opaque not allowing the passage of light, not transparent; hard to understand
parody humorous or ridiculous imitation
parry to deflect or to ward off a blow
pinnacle the peak or highest point
rue to be sorry for, to regret
tacit understood, silent, not spoken, implicit
vexation discomfort or distress
vicissitude a passing from one thing to another, change of luck
vivid bright, distinct, and clear
vulnerable susceptible to injury or attack
Created by: Mr. Stevison