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Lord of the Flies Vocabulary

Chapter 10

Torrid: "Sitting on the tremendous rock in the torrid sun..." My Guess: scorching Dictionary: scorching, burning

Assimilating: "...assimilating the possibilities of irresponsible authority." My Guess: imagining Dictionary: incorporating and absorbing into the mind

Theological: "A theological speculation presented itself. 'We'd better keep on the right side of him..." My Guess: concerning the belief in a god or diety Dictionary: of or relating to theology, the study of the nature of God and religious truth

Tendrils: "Ralph pushed the damp tendrils of hair out of his eyes." My Guess: coiled, rope-like protrusions Dictionary: something, such as a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling

Woebegone: "... he lay, breathless and woebegone, waiting for the next spasm." My Guess: depressed Dictionary: affected with or mared by deep sorrow, grief, or wretchedness

Writhing: "Ralph twisted sideways on top of a writhing body..." My Guess: squirming, twisting and turning Dictionary: to twist, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment; to move with a twisting or contorted motion

Purged: "The night was cool and purged of immediate terror." My Guess: removed of...., lacking... Dictionary: freed from impurities; purify

Chapter 11

Propititating(ly): "Piggy nodded propitiatingly. 'You're chief, Ralph. You remember everything.'" My Guess: assuringing(ly) Dictionary: to conciliate (an offended power); appease.

Pinnacles: "Up there were the red pinnacles." My Guess: towers, points Dictionary: a tall pointed formation, such as a mountain peak

Luminous: "Piggy peered anxiously into the luminous veil that hung between him and the world." My Guess: glowing, giving off light Dictionary: emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light

Truculent: "Truculently they squared up to each other but just kept out of fighting distance." My Guess: threateningly, with intimidation Dictionary: expressing bitter opposition; disposed to or exhibiting violence or destructiveness; fierce

Ludicrous: "With ludicrous care he embraced the rock..." My Guess: mockable, rediculous Dictionary: laughable or hilarious because of obvious absurdity or incongruity

Anonymity: "He paused, defeated by the silence and the painted anonymity of the group guarding the entry." My Guess: namelessness, without clear identity Dictionary: the quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged

Talisman: "By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell." My Guess: object possesing or symbolizing power or protection Dictionary: an object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection

Chapter 12:

Antiphonal: "...the twins started their antiphonal speech." My Guess: soundless, quiet Dictionary: relating to or resembling an antiphon, a response; a reply

Ensconce: "...he would squeeze between the twisted stems, ensconce himself so deep..." My Guess: engulf, emerge Dictionary: to settle (oneself) securely or comfortably

Ululate: "Eric raised his head and achieved a faint ululation by beating on his open mouth." My Guess: vibration, resonance Dictionary: howl, wail, or loud lamentation

Elephantine: "Then the red thing was past and the elephantine progress diminished toward the sea." My Guess: grand Dictionary: enormous in size or strength

Crepitation: "... then a louder crepitation as if someone were unwrapping great sheets of cellophane." My Guess: crackling Dictionary: a rattling or crackling sound like that made by rubbing hair between the fingers close to the ear

Chapter 5:

Lamentably: "...four small logs, one of them- the farthest- lamentably springy." My guess: sadly, regretably Dictionary: inspiring or deserving of lament or regret; deporable or pitiable.

Apex: "Then, at the apex, the grass was thick again becase no one sat there." My guess: central point Dictionary: the highest point, the vertex

Ineffectual: "His ineffectual protest made." My guess: uninfluential, having no effect on Dictionary: insufficient to produce a desired effect

Effigy: "...a silent effigy of sorrow." My guess: a figure or symbol Dictionary: A likeness or image, especially of a person

Sough: "...heard silently the sough and whisper from the reef." My guess: groan Dictionary: a soft murmuring or rustling sound

Discursive: "The assembly shredded away and became a discursive and random scatter..." My guess: scattered Dictionary: covering a wide field of subjects; rambling.

Chapter 6:

Festoon: "...allowed the strings of the parachute to tangle and festoon..." My guess: ball up Dictionary: to form a string of garland, suspended in a loop or curve between two points

Peaked: "...the grip of their arms tightened and their mouths grew peaked." My guess: dry, parched Dictionary: having a sickly appearance

Tremulous: "The twins, holding tremulously to each other..." My guess: terrified Dictionary: marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking; timid or fearful, timorous

Diffidently: "Diffidently, Simon allowed his pace to slacken..." My guess: purposefully Dictionary: lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid

Chapter 7:

Dun: "... if you could forget how dun and unvisited were the ferny coverts..." My guess: dark or deep, shadowy Dictionary: an almost neutral brownish gray to dull grayish brown

Obtuseness: "...faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean..." My guess: as an obstruction, vast Dictionary: the quality of lacking a sharp edge or point

Traverses: "...lengthy traverses where one used hands as well as feet." My guess: spans of land or space, paths Dictionary: passings across, over, or through; routes or paths

Impervious: "...impervious Roger and Ralph, fuming..." My guess: annoying Dictionary: incapable of being penetrated or affected

Chapter 8:

Derisive: "...looking at him with an expression of derisive incomprehension." My guess: unfriendly Dictionary: mocking, jeering

Demure: "... ages ago they had stood in two demure rows..." My guess: straight, orderly Dictionary: modest and reserved in manner or hehaviour; affectedly shy, modest, or reserved.

Cynicism: "The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life." My guess: unaffected, insensitivity Dictionary: an attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others.

Chapter 1:

Motif: "Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape... "My guess: symbol Dictionary: A reccurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work; A dominant theme or central idea; or A repeated figure or design in architecture or decoration.

Effulgence: "... the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence." My guess: brightness Dictionary: brilliant radiance

Enmity: "...enduring the sun's enmity..." My guess: contempt Dictionary: deep-seated, often mutual hatred.

Fulcrum: "Ralph used one hand as a fulcrum and pressed down with the other till the shell rose..." My guess: the point on which a lever sits, allowing each side to raise or fall Dictionary: the point or support on which a lever pivots.

Incredulous: "...the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication" My guess: disbelieving Dictionary: skeptical, disbelieving.

Strident: My guess: Definition: loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant.

Furtive: "...a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew..." My guess: nervous, paranoid Dictionary: characterized by stealth, surreptitious; expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty

Askew: "...shattered these cubes so that they lay askew..." My guess: scattered Dictionary: to one side; awry

Immured: "Immured in these tangles..." My guess: immersed Dictionary: to confine within or as if within walls, imprison; to entomb in a wall.

Hiatus: "There came a pause, a hiatus, the pig continued to scream..." My guess: a pause Dictionary: a gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break.



Chapter 2:

Conspiratorial: "He flashed a conspiratorial grin at the other two." My guess: indicating conspiracy or plotting, sly Dictionary: of, relating to, or characteristic of conspirators or a conspiracy.

Errant: "The noise of the errant assembly faded up the mountain." My guess: straying Dictionary: roving, especially in search of adventure; straying from the proper course or standards.

Martyr: "...with the martyred expression of a parent..." My guess: marked as one who performs an obligation or unfavorable task for a cause Dictionary: inflicted with great pain, torment; put to death for devotion to religious beliefs.

Ebullience: "...the senseless ebullience of their children..."

My guess: chatter, hyperactivity Dictionary: zestful enthusiasm

Officious: "There was pushing and pulling and officious cries." My guess: offended, indignant Dictionary: marked by excessivee agerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others.

Pall: "A pall stretched for miles away from the island." My guess: blanket, layer, covering Dictionary: A covering that darkens or obscures; a gloomy effect or atmosphere.

Tirade: "By now they were listening to the tirade." My guess: rant Dictionary: a long, angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.



Chapter 3:

Abyss: "...a harsh cry that seemed to come out of the abyss of ages." My guess: the beyond Dictionary: An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void.

Avidly: "...he searched the ground avidly."

My guess: greedily Dictionary: done with an ardent desire or unbounded craving; greedily

Inscrutable: "...stared at the inscrutable masses of creeper that lay across the trail." My guess: inpenetrable Dictionary: difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable

Contrite: "Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole. 'Sorry'." My guess: apoligetic Dictionary: feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.

Rapt: "Ralph gazed bewildered at his rapt face." My guess: entranced Dictionary: Echanted or seized with rapture

Tacit: "Jack nodded...and by tacit consent they left..." My guess: implied, unspoken Dictionary: not spoken; implied by or inferred from actions or statements.

Flaunted: "a rapid climber flaunted red and yellow sprays right to the top." My guess: boasted Dictionary: to exhibit ostentatiously or shamelessly



Chapter 4:

Blatant: "The glittering sea rose up, moved apart in planes of blatant impossibility." My guess: clear Dictionary: unpleasantly loud and noisy; usage problem: totally or offensively conspicuous or obtrusive.

Dubious: "The decrease in size, from Ralph down, was gradual; and though there was a dubious region..." My guess: tricky, difficult to place Dictionary: fraught with uncertainty or doubt; undecided.

Belligerence: "Johnny was well built, with fair hair and a natural belligerence." My guess: unruliness Dictionary: a hostile or warlike attitude, nature, or inclination;

Questing: "...tiny transparencies that come questing in with the water over the hot, dry sand." My guess: exploring Dictionary: going on a quest, searching

Myriad: "Like a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw..." My guess: a mulititude Dictionary: a vast number; archaic: ten thousand

Taut: My guess: tight Dictionary: pulled or drawn tight; not slack

Malevolently: "He looked malevolently at Jack." My guess: with contempt, intending evil Dictionary: having or exhibiting ill will; withing harm to others; malicious.

Parody: "Piggy and the parody were so funny that the hunter began to laugh." My guess: humorous show Dictionary: humorous or satirical mimicry