Lord of the Flies Vocabulary
1. Proffer = to present for acceptance : TENDER, OFFER
2. Mirage = an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a hot pavement, that may have the appearance of a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted, and that is caused by the bending or reflection of rays of light by a layer of heated air of varying density
3. Efflorescence = the period or state of flowering
4. Specious = having a false look of truth or genuineness
5. Effulgence = radiant splendor : BRILLIANCE
6. Fulcrum = a part of an animal that serves as a hinge or support
7. Fluke = an accidental occurrence
8. Matins = Also called Morning Prayer. the service of public prayer, said in the morning, in the Anglican Church.
9. Precentor = a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing
10. Pallid = pale; faint or deficient in color
11. Askew = out of line : AWRY
12. Bastion = a projecting part of a fortification; a fortified area or position; something that is considered a stronghold
13. Interposed = to place in an intervening position b : to put (oneself) between : INTRUDE
14. Incredulous = indicating or showing unbelief
15. Furtive = sly; shifty, stealthy
16. Hiatus = a break in or as if in a material object : GAP ; an interruption in time or continuity
17. Aromatic = FRAGRANT b : having a strong smell c : having a distinctive quality
18. Gesticulate = to make gestures especially when speaking
19. Tumult = disorderly agitation or milling about of a crowd usually with uproar and confusion of voices : COMMOTION
20. Tirade = a protracted speech usually marked by intemperate, vituperative, or harshly censorious language
21. Errant = straying outside the proper path or bounds
22. Gorge = a narrow passage through land; especially : a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon; or, a primitive device used instead of a fishhook that consists of an object (as a piece of bone attached in the middle of a line) easy to swallow but difficult to eject
23. Surmount = to prevail over : OVERCOME <surmount an obstacle>; to get to the top of : CLIMB
24. Loll = to act or move in a lax, lazy, or indolent manner
25. Officious = volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed : MEDDLESOME
27. Ebullience = the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings : EXUBERANCE
28. Node = a knot, protuberance, or knob.
29. Interminable = incapable of being terminated; unending
30. Tremulous = timid; timorous; fearful.
31. Embroil = to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention
32. Exult = to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy
33. Mutinous = disposed to, engaged in, or involving revolt against authority
34. Vicissitude = change; mutation; mutability.
35. Abyss = a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
36. Avid = showing great enthusiasm
37. Contrite = caused by or showing sincere remorse.
38. Indignant = feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base
39. Opaque = not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.
40. Rapt = deeply engrossed or absorbed
41. Susurration = a soft murmur, a whisper
42. Gaudy = cheaply showy in a tasteless way; flashy. ostentatiously ornamented; garish.
43. Opalescence = having a milky iridescence.
44. Blatant = brazenly obvious; flagrant
45. Mirage = an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a hot pavement, that may have the appearance of a pool of water or a mirror in which distant objects are seen inverted
46. Belligerent = warlike; given to waging war.
47. Chastise = to discipline, especially by corporal punishment.
48. Impalpable = not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible.
49. Incursion = a hostile entrance into or invasion of a place or territory,
50. Myriad = a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things
51. Vagrant = a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp.
52. Runnel = a small stream; brook; rivulet.
53. Fronds = an often large, finely divided leaf, especially as applied to the ferns and certain palms
54. Fibrous = containing, consisting of, or resembling fibers
55. Swarthy = (of skin color, complexion, etc.) dark.
56. Appall = to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear
57. Tacit = understood without being openly expressed
58. Errant = deviating from the regular or proper course;
59. Reverence = a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
60. Derisive = characterized by or expressing derision
61. Lament = to feel or express sorrow or regret for
62. Decorum = dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
63. Tempestuous = tumultuous; turbulent
64. Jeer = to shout derisively at; taunt.
65. Ineffectual = powerless; impotent.
67. Incantation = the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.
68. Embroil = to bring into discord or conflict
69. Leviathan = any huge marine animal, as the whale. anything of immense size and power, as a huge, oceangoing ship.
70. Plinth = a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier. See diag. under column
71. Dun = dull, grayish brown. dark; gloomy.
72. Swathe = to wrap, bind, or swaddle with bands of some material; wrap up closely or fully.
73. Covert = concealed; secret; disguised.
74. Sage = a profoundly wise person
75. Glower = to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
76. Impervious = not permitting penetration or passage;
77. Daunt = to overcome with fear; intimidate
78. Demure = characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
79. Fervor = great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor.
80. Corpulent = large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.
81. Derision = an object of ridicule.
82. Succulent = full of juice; juicy.
83. Abominable = repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome: an abominable crime.
84. Saunter = leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
85. Phosphorescence = a luminous appearance resulting from this.
86. Assimilate = to bring into conformity with the customs, attitudes, etc., of a group, nation, or the like; adapt or adjust
87. Composite = made up of disparate or separate parts or elements
88. Purge = to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.
89. Multitudinous = comprising many items, parts, or elements
90. Parry = to turn aside; evade or dodge
91. Luminous = radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright.
92. Myopia = Ophthalmology . a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness (opposed to hyperopia ). 2. lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness. 3. narrow-mindedness; intolerance.
93. Propitiate = to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
94. Pinnacle = the highest or culminating point, as of success, power, fame, etc.: the pinnacle of one's career.
95. Truculent = fierce; cruel; savagely brutal. 2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work.
96. Inimical = unfriendly; hostile: a cold, inimical gaze.
97. Ululation = to howl, as a dog or a wolf; hoot, as an owl.
98. Obscurity = the condition of being unknown
99. Ensconce = to settle securely or snugly