Lord of the Flies: Alphabetically Listed
All definitions from Merriam Webster (m-w.com)
  1. antagonism: actively expressed opposition or hostility <antagonism between factions>
  2. balm: an aromatic preparation (as a healing ointment)
  3. barb: a sharp projection extending backward (as from the point of an arrow or fishhook) and preventing easy extraction
  4. to bewilder: to perplex or confuse especially by a complexity, variety, or multitude of objects or considerations
  5. blatant: completely obvious, conspicuous, or obtrusive especially in a crass or offensive manner
  6. blunder: to move unsteadily or confusedly; or, to make a mistake through stupidity, ignorance, or carelessness
  7. carcass: a dead body
  8. clamor: noisy shouting; or, a loud continuous noise
  9. conch: any of various large spiral-shelled marine gastropod mollusks; also its shell use
  10. contrite: feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming
  11. covert: not openly shown, engaged in, or avowed : veiled <a covert alliance>
  12. to cower: to shrink away or crouch especially for shelter from something that menaces, domineers, or dismays
  13. crass: gross; especially : having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discrimination
  14. croon: to sing or speak in a gentle murmuring manner
  15. defile: to make unclean or impure; to corrupt the purity or perfection of
  16. dung: the feces of an animal
  17. effigy: an image or representation especially of a person; especially : a crude figure representing a hated person
  18. to festoon: to hang or form festoons (decorative chains or strips) on
  19. flaunt: to display ostentatiously or impudently
  20. frond: a large leaf (especially of a palm or fern) usually with many divisions
  21. fulcrum: prop; specifically : the support about which a lever turns
  22. furtive: done by stealth; surreptitious
  23. gaudy: ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented
  24. gesticulate: to make gestures especially when speaking
  25. grimace: a facial expression usually of disgust, disapproval, or pain
  26. hiatus: an interruption in time or continuity : break; especially : a period when something (as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted <after a 5-year hiatus from writing>
  27. impalpable
  28. inarticulate
  29. incantation (cant)
  30. incredulously
  31. indignant
  32. infuriating
  33. inscrutable
  34. interpose
  35. jeer
  36. jumble
  37. leviathan
  38. malevolent
  39. mimicry
  40. mirage
  41. motif
  42. multitudinous
  43. myopia
  44. nimble
  45. obscure
  46. offhand
  47. officious
  48. opalescence (efflorescence, phosphorescence, iridescence)
  49. opaque
  50. pallor
  51. pliant
  52. preposterous
  53. quiver
  54. relentless
  55. sapling
  56. sagely
  57. to scavenge
  58. scornfully
  59. scowl
  60. scupper
  61. sinewy
  62. smother
  63. snivel
  64. specious
  65. speculate
  66. stagger
  67. steadfast
  68. stifle
  69. strident
  70. subdue
  71. submerge
  72. subside
  73. swathe
  74. taut
  75. tendril
  76. thicket
  77. tirade
  78. tremulous
  79. tumult
  80. uncompromising
  81. upheaval
  82. uproarious
  83. vainly
  84. vex
  85. vicissitude
  86. visualize
  87. warp
  88. whimper
  89. wrench
  90. wrest

The Odyssey, vocabulary
abyss: [n] a deep pit
ambrosia: [n] the food and drink of the Greek and Roman gods (or, something extremely pleasing to taste or smell)
appease: [v] to calm or satisfy, especially by meeting demands
atone: [v] to make amends for; to repent or ask forgiveness (n: atonement)
beguile: [v] to lead by deception (n: guile)
compel: [v] to force
contempt: [n] open disrespect or willful disobedience
cordial: [adj] warm, sincere, friendly
deus ex machina: [n] a person or thing (as in fiction or drama) that appears suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty
disdain: [n] disgust, as for someone or something regarded as inferior (adj: disdainful)
entreat: [v] to beg, or make an earnest request
epic poem: [n] a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary hero
epithet: [n] a characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing
folly: [n] extremely foolish actions or conduct
hubris (hybris): [n] exaggerated pride or self-confidence (especially against the gods)
in media res: [adj] in the middle of things (to describe narrative style)
muse: [n] a source of artistic inspiration (or the 9 sister goddesses presiding over the arts)
nymph: [n] beautiful maidens dwelling in the mountains, forest, trees, and waters
odyssey: [n] a long wandering voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune
omniscient: [adj] having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight (in narration, a 3rd-person omniscient narrator knows the thoughts and actions of all characters in a work)
oral tradition: [n] The spoken relation and preservation, from one generation to the next, of a people's cultural history and ancestry, often by a storyteller in narrative form
pantheon: [n] the officially recognized gods of a people
plunder: [v] to take others’ goods by force; pillage, sack, or loot
prevail: [v] to triumph through strength or superiority
prodigious: [adj] extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree
rancor: [n] bitter deep-seated ill will
sage: [n or adj] wise through reflection and experience; or, a wise person
shroud: [n] a burial garment meant to cover a dead person
suitor: [n] one who courts a woman and seeks to marry her
tribulation: [n] a trying situation; distress or suffering
valor: [n] personal bravery



VOCABULARY – List #2, for quiz on 23 / 24 September - quiz format to be posted shortly
Words to incorporate into formal essays:
  1. additionally
  2. although
  3. at any rate
  4. certainly
  5. consequently
  6. convincing
  7. eventually
  8. evidently
  9. explicit(ly)
  10. for instance
  11. former / latter
  12. furthermore
  13. generally speaking
  14. illustrates
  15. implicit(ly)
  16. in fact
  17. in spite of, despite
  18. initially
  19. juxtaposition
  20. merely
  21. nevertheless, nonetheless
  22. on the contrary
  23. opposition
  24. persuasive
  25. powerful
  26. precisely
  27. presumably
  28. regardless (of)
  29. specific(ally)
  30. still
  31. therefore
  32. thoroughly
  33. thus
  34. to conjure up
  35. to demonstrate
  36. to differentiate
  37. to distinguish
  38. to evoke
  39. to imply
  40. to incorporate
  41. to indicate
  42. to pertain to (avoid ‘is about’)
  43. to portray
  44. to prove
  45. to seem to
  46. to some extent
  47. to substantiate
  48. undoubtedly
  49. whereas
From “The Night Face Up”: words in italics will not appear on the vocabulary quiz
  1. acolyte
  2. amulet: a charm (as an ornament) often inscribed with a magic incantation or symbol to aid the wearer or protect against evil (as disease or witchcraft)
  3. beneficent: doing or producing good; especially, performing acts of kindness and charity
  4. bivouac
  5. blunted: made less sharp, definite, or forceful
  6. chloroform
  7. consecrated: inducted (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite; made or declared sacred
  8. contusion
  9. dank: unpleasantly moist or wet
  10. distasteful: objectionable because offensive to one's personal taste
  11. fen
  12. girdle: something that encircles or confines: an article of dress encircling the body usually at the waist, or a woman's close-fitting undergarment often boned and usually elasticized that extends from the waist to below the hips
  13. haft
  14. lucid: having full use of one's faculties; clear-headed
  15. muddled: mixed confusedly
  16. oblivion: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten
  17. opalescent
  18. pavilion: a usually open sometimes ornamental structure in a garden, park, or place of recreation that is used for entertainment or shelter; also, a large canopy or tent
  19. rent: (past tense of 'to rend') torn or ripped apart by violence
  20. ruddy: having a healthy reddish color
  21. smock: a light loose garment worn especially for protection of clothing while working
  22. solace: alleviation of grief or anxiety; a source of relief or consolation
  23. supplication
  24. tepid: moderately warm: lukewarm; also, lacking in passion, force, or zest
  25. cloying: disgusting or distasteful by reason of excess <cloying sweetness>; also, excessively sweet or sentimental
  26. to detach: to separate especially from a larger mass and usually without violence or damage
  27. to emboss
  28. to grope: to feel about blindly or uncertainly in search
  29. to gurgle
  30. to sabor: to taste or smell with pleasure; to delight in
  31. to whir: to fly, revolve, or move rapidly with a whir
  32. to wrench: to move with a violent twist
  33. vestibule
  34. void: opening, gap, empty space
  35. writhing: twisting the body in pain; also, twisting into coils or folds