Lord of the Flies Vocabulary  

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Chapter One:

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


Chapter Two:

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

26.  Caper = PRANK OR an illegal or questionable act; especially : THEFT

27.  Ebullience = the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings : EXUBERANCE


Chapter Three

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.

Chapter Four

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;


Chapter Five

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.

66.  Effigy = a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument. a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.

67.  Incantation = the chanting or uttering of words purporting to have magical power.


Chapter Six

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


Chapter Seven

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


Chapter Eight

78.  Demure = characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.

79.  Fervor = great warmth and earnestness of feeling: to speak with great fervor.


Chapter Nine

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.


Chapter Ten

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


Chapter Eleven

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.


Chapter Twelve

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