A christmas carol staves 2 5 vocabulary

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A christmas carol staves 2 5 vocabulary

  1. 1. A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens<br />Staves 2-5 Vocabulary<br />
  2. 2. half-recumbent<br />Stave 2<br />
  3. 3. (adjective) – half lying down<br />When his mother checked in on him, instead of working at his desk she found him on the floor, half-recumbent, listening to his iPod.<br />
  4. 4. reclamation<br />Stave 2<br />
  5. 5. (noun) – rehabilitation; conversion from an unsatisfactory state<br />Steven said that his decision to sleep until noon instead of doing chores was a reclamation of the summer-break spirit. <br />
  6. 6. jocund<br />Stave 2<br />
  7. 7. (adjective) – merry, cheerful<br />I cannot help but be cheerful in such jocund company.<br />
  8. 8. latent<br />Stave 2<br />
  9. 9. (adjective) – not yet revealed or apparent; potential but not obvious yet<br />He has a latent talent for acting that he hasn’t had a chance to express yet.<br />
  10. 10. condescension <br />Stave 2<br />
  11. 11. (noun) – behaving in a patronizing way <br />Kevin’s attitude of condescension made it obvious that he thought he was much more mature than we were.<br />
  12. 12. capacious<br />Stave 2<br />
  13. 13. (adjective) – spacious, roomy; able to hold much<br />That car has a capacious trunk, making it the ideal choice for larger families.<br />
  14. 14. avarice<br />Stave 2<br />
  15. 15. (noun) – extreme greed for riches<br />The corporate world is plagued by avarice and a thirst for power.<br />
  16. 16. irrepressible <br />Stave 2<br />
  17. 17. (adjective) – not capable of being controlled<br />She has an irrepressible sense of humor and is always making her classmates giggle.<br />
  18. 18. pillage<br />Stave 2<br />
  19. 19. (verb) – to rob (a town) of goods, especially during war <br />The band of thieves took advantage of the natural disaster and pillaged their way through abandoned stores.<br />
  20. 20. pinioned<br />Stave 2<br />
  21. 21. (adjective) – confined, shackled<br />They pinioned his arms behind his back so that he could not escape.<br />
  22. 22. brawn<br />Stave 3<br />
  23. 23. (noun) – jellied loaf made from parts of the head or feet of a pig<br />When the boys asked Aunt Agnes what was in the delicious dish, they were horrified to discover that they had been eating brawn.<br />
  24. 24. opulence<br />Stave 3<br />
  25. 25. (adjective) – seeming to be abundantly wealthy or rich<br />In some parts of the city, great opulence can be found side-by-side with near destitution.<br />
  26. 26. declension<br />Stave 3<br />
  27. 27. (noun) – a downward slope or bend<br />My soda can keeps rolling away from me and down the declension towards the sea.<br />
  28. 28. odious<br />Stave 3<br />
  29. 29. (adjective) – offensive<br />Washing pots and pans was an odious chore for her.<br />
  30. 30. penitence<br />Stave 3<br />
  31. 31. (noun) – a feeling or regret for sins committed<br />The sincerity of Judith’s penitence is questionable– she only began to express remorse when Mr. Notestine refused to tear up her detention hour.<br />
  32. 32. grog<br />Stave 3<br />
  33. 33. (noun) – a drink, usually diluted, and made from rum<br />When the older relatives get together for the holidays, they drink lots of grog; in the morning, they feel groggy!<br />
  34. 34. whims<br />Stave 3<br />
  35. 35. (noun) – impulsive or irrational thoughts<br />On a whim, we decided to stop at a road-stand stand and buy a bushel of freshly-picked apples.<br />
  36. 36. affront<br />Stave 3<br />
  37. 37. (noun) – a deliberate insult<br />I hope that you did not take it as an affront when I said that I did not need your help!<br />
  38. 38. almshouse<br />Stave 3<br />
  39. 39. (noun) – a poorhouse<br />Father worried that, if he lost his job, his family would end up in the almshouse.<br />
  40. 40. factious<br />Stave 3<br />
  41. 41. (adjective) – causing strife within a group<br />Susan seems to enjoy her factious behavior, and delights in the drama that she causes between her friends.<br />
  42. 42. bereft<br />Stave 4<br />
  43. 43. (adjective) – deprived; departed from, abandoned<br />Having never been outside of the country by herself, Carlin felt bereft of her family as soon as she got off of the plain in Katmandu.<br />
  44. 44. calico<br />Stave 4<br />
  45. 45. (noun) – white or unbleached cotton with no printed design<br />The neighbors scoffed at the young woman who arrived at the party in her calico dress.<br />
  46. 46. detestation<br />Stave 4<br />
  47. 47. (noun) – intense hatred<br />Little Charlie, the family’s pickiest eater, insisted that he could not eat boiled cabbage because it was a particular detestation of his.<br />
  48. 48. farthing<br />Stave 5<br />
  49. 49. (noun) – an old British coin worth very little<br />I asked my boss for a raise, and he decided to give me one additional farthing per month. This is worth less than a penny! <br />

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