Lord of The Flies: Vocabulary Words
Abyss (Noun): a deep, large space, gulf, or cavity.
The depth of the large abyss was immeasurable, but the scientists were determined to figure it out. (Option 1)
Articulate (Adjective): using language easily and fluently; having facility with words.
Variations: articulable, articulative (adjective); articulately (adverb) articulateness, articilacy (noun)
Studying French for five years made him a very articulate speaker, for it sounds as if he really was French. (Option 1)
Bastion (Noun): a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
Variations: bastionary, bastioned (adjective)
Our bastion had been damaged due to the war, so we could not find shelter away from the gun shots. (Option 1)
Blunder (Noun): A usually serious mistake typically caused by ignorance or confusion.
Variations: blunderer (noun); blunderingly (adverb)
He blundered though the whole room, yet never managed to find the flashlight. (Option 1)
Cascades (Noun): A waterfall or a series of small waterfalls over steep rocks.
Variations: cascaded, cascading (verb)
The hike up to the cascade was extremely painful, yet the beautiful sight of the cascade seemed to take the pain away. (Option 1)
Compressed (Adjective): pressed into less space; condensed.
Variations: compressedly (adverb)
We were all compressed inside the tiny apartment, for we had no money to pay for anything better. (Option 1)
Contemptuously (Adjective): showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful.
Variations: contemptuously (adverb); contemptuousness (noun)
Her contemptuous attitude was beginning to upset our host, but we still managed to maintain our temper. (Option 1)
Contrite (Adjective): filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent.
Variations: contritely (adverb); contriteness (noun)
The way she was acting seemed very contrite, for it seemed as if she had done something wrong. (Option 1)
Corpulent (Adjective): fat and fleshy; stout; obese
Variations: corpulently (adverb)
The child had a very difficult time running up the stairs, for he had a very corpulent figure. (Option 1)
Covert (Adjective): concealed, hidden or disguised
Variations: covertly (adverb); covertness (noun)
The secret agent must reveal the convert location of the artist, for there is a threat upon him. (Option 1)
Credulously (Adverb): tending to believe too readily; easily convinced
Variations: credulous (adjective); credulousness (noun)
Her credulous attitude made it easy for her to be tricked; she was always getting into trouble. (Option 2)
Cynically (Adverb): a contemptuous disbelief in human goodness and sincerity
Variations: cynical (adjective)
She cynically told her brother to touch the hot pot; her mother was very upset with her.
Declivities (Noun): Downward slope or sloping
Variations: declivitous (adjective)
The declivitous mountain was extremely difficult to climb; our hike had to be canceled because we were all afraid we would fall. (Option 2)
Demur (Intransitive Verb): to hesitate because of ones doubts or objections
Variations: demurral (noun)
His mother always over thought everything; she demurred every action her son took. (Option 2)
Derisive (Adjective): Showing derision; ridiculing
Variations: derisively (adverb); derisiveness (noun)
She likes to derisive everyone around her; making people feel bad makes her feel good. (Option 2)
Diffidently (Adverb): lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
Variations: diffidence (noun): diffident (adjective)
She had a very diffident attitude; she never felt good about herself. (Option 2)
Discursive (Adjective): wandering from one topic to another
Variations: discursively (adverb): discursiveness (noun)
When he became nervous his conversations became very discursive; we couldn’t fully grasp any topic. (Option 2)
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