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The Winepress - 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
arithmetic noun mathematics (adding, multiplying etc) Don't ask me to add the numbers; I'm terrible at arithmetic.
aroma noun scent The aroma at the spa was of roses and vanilla.
bateau-mouche noun sightseeing boat for tourists on the River Seine in Paris In the summer the bateaux-mouches carry thousands of tourists up and down the Seine.
bulbous adjective large and round Santa Claus has a bulbous nose and belly.
cask noun wooden container We filled the cask with wine and put it in the cellar.
claret noun French red wine You should always serve a nice claret with a juicy steak.
concealed verb - past hid Franco concealed his love notes under his pillow.
contempt noun feeling that a person or thing is worthless Jane's contempt for her ex-husband is unfair on her kids.
cultivated adjective educated about art My husband is very cultivated because his grandmother was into classical music and painting.
dabbed verb - past touched lightly Mary dabbed her extra lipstick off with her napkin.
decent adjective pretty good At least wear a decent shirt because you are going to be photographed from the waist up.
denouncements noun accusations The thief rejected the denouncements even though he was caught stealing on camera.
elegant adjective attractive, graceful, simple I need a long elegant dress to wear to my graduation ceremony.
entertained verb hosted a party Whenever my parents entertained their college friends we always had a BBQ and badminton tournament.
excessively adverb with extra effort than necessary Chrisie called me so excessively that I didn't want to be friends with her.
fathomless adjective deep, incomprehensible Astronomers are constantly trying to search the fathomless depths of space.
flung verb - past threw wildly The bride flung her bouquet of flowers behind her.
fumes noun strong smell that makes it hard to breathe The petrol fumes at the garage always give me a headache.
game noun hunted birds and other animals (for food or sport) The only game I enjoy eating is duck.
gazed verb - past looked at intently with wide eyes The couple sat on the beach and gazed at the sunset.
genuine adjective real This movie is not a genuine documentary.
glances noun looks that last only a short moment Before we started dating we used to exchange glances from our desks.
grief-stricken adjective upset because of a loss I was grief-stricken when my dog got run over by a car.
harvest noun season when crops are ready to pick During the harvest the whole family goes out to work in the corn fields.
heaven forbid interjection expressing a strong wish that something does not happen Heaven forbid that we ever get hit by one of these terrible hurricanes!
humiliating adjective causing embarrassment It was humiliating when they made me stand up and make a speech.
idyllic adjective peaceful, perfect It was an idyllic afternoon with all of the kids away at school.
immigration noun permanent movement of someone from one country to another The rules of immigration say that I need a permit to work in this country.
impassively adverb without expression, not showing emotion The young teen stood impassively while the policeman put handcuffs on him.
insinuations noun suggestions about someone (without proof) that are not nice I broke up with Bob because of the insinuations he made about me and my ex-boyfriend.
intention noun aim or plan Alice's intention was to rent a guitar, not to buy one.
loathed verb - past hated I loathed my grade nine French teacher because he gave us so much homework.
lunged verb - past moved forward suddenly and quickly The child lunged at the birthday cake before we could remove the candles.
peasant noun poor person who usually lives off the land My ancestors were peasants who used to beg for food when their crops wouldn't grow.
pedigree noun record of ancestry, line of relatives We only breed dogs of excellent pedigree.
poised verb - past prepared to act The fashion model was poised at the foot of the walkway.
raconteur noun a skilful storyteller There is always one raconteur in the family who makes everyone laugh at the dinner table.
ravishing adjective very beautiful, entrancing Brides always look ravishing on their wedding days.
reasoned verb - past analyzed and formed judgement logically; tried to persuade by giving good reasons I reasoned with my father to extend my curfew.
reputation noun opinions or beliefs that others have about a person or thing Mark has a reputation for dating more than one woman at a time.
resorted to verb - past did because nothing else worked There were no size ten skates so Marie resorted to wearing men's.
root noun early stage, cause Janice's mother-in-law is the root of her marital problems.
shuddered verb - past trembled or shook because of cold or fear Andrea shuddered when she heard the loud scream.
telegram noun (formerly) mail sent electronically and delivered in printed form on paper During the war she learned of her son's injuries by telegram.
termagant noun a bad-tempered, noisy woman The termagant was hassling her husband about forgetting to make her coffee.
veal noun the meat of a young cow Samantha doesn't eat veal because she's a vegetarian.
vigorous adjective strong, energetic The vigorous builders had the house finished in one week.
vintage noun top wine, usually wine from a specific year They're serving a 1975 vintage to mark their anniversary.
vineyard noun place where grapes are grown We worked in the vineyard until all of the grapes had been picked.
visibly adverb easily seen She stood visibly in front of the window, so I knew she was home.
welled up verb - past filled up (often with liquid) Her eyes welled up with tears when he asked her to marry him.
winepress noun machine or equipment used to squeeze the juice out of grapes We'll need a winepress if we want to make juice out of these grapes.

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