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The Chapel - Vocabulary

NB: the meaning given for each word is contextual meaning, that is to say it is the specific meaning of the word within the context of the story. Some of these words have other meanings not shown here.

Word Part of Speech Contextual Meaning Example Sentence
arrogant adjective thinking highly of oneself Rick was arrogant to think any girl would go out with him.
bedside manner noun behaviour by a medical professional towards an ill patient At the new hospital the nurses were all friendly and had a great bedside manner.
benevolent adjective kind The benevolent woman made dresses for the poor girls.
bewildered verb - past tense surprised; confused John's new purple hair colour bewildered his classmates.
blushed verb - past tense became red in the face out of embarrassment Lisa blushed when her father mentioned Chad's name.
breeding noun production of offspring Breeding golden retrievers is a profitable profession.
brute noun a strong, violent person or animal The brute beat up three kids on his way home from school.
cellophane noun clear wrapping material - usually for covering flowers or gift baskets The florist wrapped the flowers in cellophane to protect them from the rain.
clambered verb - past tense climbed clumsily or with much effort John clambered through the junkyard looking for a used steering wheel.
clutching verb - progressive holding very tightly The bride was clutching the groom's hand so tightly his fingers turned purple.
collapse verb fall to the ground The building will collapse as soon as the dynamite explodes.
compelling adjective strong and believable The pregnant woman's husband had a compelling reason for speeding.
composure noun a relaxed appearance She held her composure until after her husband's funeral.
concealed past participle hidden The results of the vote were concealed in the envelope.
conceited adjective thinking highly of oneself Jane is so conceited she voted herself for Prom Queen.
connubial adjective relating to marriage (outdated, formal) The relatives were excited about Mark and Sally's upcoming connubial festivities.
creed noun a religious statement or belief When we recite the creed everyone gets on their knees.
cremated verb - past tense burned a dead body to ashes After they cremated my grandfather we had a service for his soul at the church.
discretion noun the keeping quiet of a secret or personal information The receptionist must exhibit discretion when handling medical records.
diversified verb - past tense put money/effort into different things The business college diversified into other programs including art and science.
dreading verb - progressive fearing, not wanting to do or happen I am dreading moving day because there is so much to do.
dusky adjective darkish in colour The sky turned a dusky blue before the storm hit.
established adjective recognized or known for a long time The 50-year-old barbershop is a well established business in our community.
exertion noun use of a lot of energy The marathon runner fainted out of exertion.
full term noun phrase 40 weeks pregnant, ready to deliver a baby My sister was supposed to be born premature but surprisingly my mother made it to full term.
galvanized adjective protected metal We need some galvanized nails for building the basement.
gleaming adjective shiny, bright The toothpaste promises a gleaming smile.
glistened verb - past tense shone in the sun The freshly washed car glistened in the driveway.
hammock noun a bed that swings between posts I napped outside on the hammock.
harsh adjective difficult, cruel The child was given a harsh punishment for stealing the chocolate bar.
humiliate verb embarrass someone terribly My father humiliates me when he tells the story about how I crashed the car.
indignation noun anger because of unfairness or a wrongdoing I was full of indignation after getting a parking ticket in my own street.
indisputable adjective unable to be challenged It was indisputable that it was my turn to do the dishes.
inquest noun research into a serious matter The police began an inquest into why the murder may have occurred.
irony noun an opposite or very different result than expected The irony of the marriage was that the couple used to hate each other.
jilted past participle cheated, treated unfairly The jilted athletes were angry when they discovered that the winner had bribed the judges.
laden adjective loaded The woman was laden with three children and two dogs.
layabouts noun (informal) lazy people The layabouts were always skipping school and hanging out at the beach.
leering adjective looking at in a sexual way The leering men distracted the cheerleaders on the field.
loathing noun severe hatred My loathing for mathematics only increased after I failed the final exam.
mercilessly adverb showing no kindness or forgiveness The bullies picked on Jordan mercilessly for the entire first year of high school.
misadventure noun an unexpected or unwanted happening The hikers didn't foresee the misadventure of the avalanche.
mocking verb - progressive teasing, making fun of When I was growing up my brother was always mocking my singing voice.
motive noun reason for doing something The motive for the murder was jealousy.
mourned verb - past tense expressed sadness over a loss We mourned for her death at the funeral.
nonchalantly adverb casually The man who got hit was walking nonchalantly across traffic.
numb adjective frozen, having no feeling After skiing all day our toes were numb.
pallid adjective pale When her fever disappeared she was pallid as a ghost.
parched adjective dry from the heat The grass was parched after the long dry winter.
pasty adjective pale in colour My skin always looks pasty when I don't go to the tanning salon.
persistently adverb without giving up Fiona persistently asked for a raise in her salary until her boss agreed.
pitch noun dark black substance used for waterproofing or making roads We used the pitch on the roof to keep it from leaking.
pitching verb - progressive setting something up We were pitching our tent when it started to rain.
plantation noun an area of land dedicated to a specific crop The workers spent the whole day getting beans from the coffee plantation.
potholes noun holes in the road caused by overuse or weather The potholes in my town are going to ruin my tyres.
prudently adverb without taking risks My grandmother prudently keeps to the slow lanes on the highway.
prying adjective inquisitive The prying neighbours asked if the pregnant couple was going to get married.
pundits noun Hindu scholars The pundits went from door to door speaking about religion.
pyre noun a pile of wood where a body is placed for burning The pyre was arranged before the service.
reproach noun criticism There was little reproach over the lateness of the flight because of the bad weather.
ruefully adverb regretfully I ruefully apologized for forgetting my father's birthday.
sardonic adjective disrespectful, cynical The bartender threw out the man for making sardonic remarks to the waitress.
shrill adjective high pitched (in sound) The shrill notes of the flute hurt my ears.
shrug noun gesture; lifting of the shoulders to show that you don't care or don't know an answer The teacher asked another student after Mark answered the question with a shrug.
slats noun thin, narrow pieces of wood or other material The dog poked his nose between the slats of the fence.
sprawling adjective spread widely The sprawling ivy covers the front of the house.
squabble verb argue My parents always squabble about whose turn it is to pay.
stench noun terrible smell The stench in the kitchen reminded us that we forgot to dispose of the garbage.
stowed verb - past tense packed or stored tidily in an appropriate place I stowed my winter clothes in the attic.
succulently adverb juicily The watermelon was succulently ripe.
tenuous adjective weak or slight He gave a tenuous excuse for his absence.
tethered past participle tied to a post The tethered dog was barking in the yard.
treacle noun dark syrup My sticky hands were covered in treacle from the tree.
treads noun marks left by shoes, cars or bicycle tires I knew by the treads on the driveway that my parents had been home.
uncomplicated adjective simple She finished the uncomplicated puzzle in no time.
unruffled adjective calm Maria appeared unruffled even though she forgot part of her speech.
verdict noun decision by a judge in court The people in the courtroom waited for the judge to announce the verdict.
verge noun piece of land alongside the road I left the car on the road and walked along the verge to the closest gas station.
vulgarity noun rudeness The street person expressed words of vulgarity after we refused to give him money.
wake (of a ship) noun disturbed water left by a ship The surfers rode on the wake of the ship.
wheezing verb - progressive having difficulty breathing I was wheezing in the forest because of my allergies.

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