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Lord of the Flies Vocabulary
Chapter 1

  1. proffer: offer  "The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but his proffer of acquaintance was not made."

  2. motif: single or repeated design  "Here the beach was interrupted abruptly by the square motif of the landscape..."

  3. specious: deceptive "Ralph had been deceived before now by the specious appearance of depth in a beach pool and he approached this one preparing to be disappointed." 

  4. lolled: lounged  "Ralph lolled in the water."

  5. enmity: ill-will  "He [Ralph] trotted through the sand, enduring the sun's enmity, crossed the platform and found his scattered clothes." 

  6. interposed: intruded: got between "The shell was interesting and pretty and worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed between him and Piggy..."

  7. embossed: raised  "...eighteen inches of shell with a slight spiral twist and covered with a delicate, embossed pattern." 

  8. pursed: puckered "Ralph pursed his lips and squirted air into the shell which emitted a low, farting noise." 

  9. intricacies: details  "A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms, spread through the intricacies of the forest  and echoed back..."

  10. strident: harsh and loud "The note boomed again; and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before."

  11. stupendous: amazing "[Ralph's] He's face was dark with violent pleasure of making this stupendous noise..." 

  12. incredulous: unbelieving: skeptical   "They [Sam and Eric] were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication." 

  13. sniggers: snickers; laughs  "This last piece of shop [information] brought sniggers from the choir..."

  14. furtive: sly, devious  "There was a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy."

  15. pliant: pliable; flexible "Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles." 

  16. immured walled in "Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult

Vocabulary Chapter 2

Fire on the Mountain

  1. gesticulated: gestured with one's hands  "He gesticulated widely."

  2. induced: persuaded  "At last Ralph induced him to held the shell but by then the blow of laughter had taken away the child's voice."

  3. clambering: climbing, scrambling   "Ralph was already clambering over the first smashed swathes of the scar."

  4. swathes: areas similar to rows left by a mower  "Ralph was already clambering over the first smashed swathes of the scar."

  5. grotesque:  "Then they inched the grotesque dead think [the log] up the rock and toppled it over on top."

  6. officious: too eager to serve or advise  "There was pushing and pulling and officious cries."

  7. recrimination: an accusation made in retaliation  "His [Piggy's] voice lifted into the whine of virtuous recrimination."

Vocabulary Chapter 3  

Huts on the Beach

  1. avidly: eagerly   "Then the trail, the frustration, claimed him again and he searched the ground avidly." 

  2. inscrutable: not easily understood  "Jack lifted his head and stared at the inscrutable masses of creeper that lay across the trail."

  3. seductive: tempting " From the pig-run came the quick, hard patter of hoofs, a castanet sound, seductive, maddening--the promise of meat."

  4. vicissitudes: difficulties or hardships "Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day's hunting. "

  5. contrite: sincerely sorry for shortcomings "Simon's contrite face appeared in the hole.  "Sorry."

  6. rapt: completely absorbed  "Ralph gazed bewildered at his [Jack's] rapt face.

 Vocabulary Chapter 4

Painted Faces and Long Hair

  1. impending: as though hanging suspended  "Toward noon, as the floods of light fell more nearly to the perpendicular, the stark colors of the morning were smoothed in pearl and opalescence; and the heat--as though the impeding sun's height gave it momentum--became a blow that they ducked..."

  2. blatant: noisy; clamorous  "Strange things happened at midday.  The glittering sea rose up, moved apart in planes of blatant  impossibility..." 

  3. generic: without distinction; in general   "The smaller boys were know no by the generic title of 'littlun.'"

  4. belligerence: an aggressive, stubborn attitude   "...Johnny was well built, with fair hair and a natural belligerence."

  5. chastisement: punishment  "In his other life Maurice had received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand." 

  6. myriad innumerable    "Like a myriad of tiny teeth in a saw, the transparencies (baby crabs) came scavenging over the beach."

  7. swarthiness: darkness (of skin)    "When Roger opened his eyes and saw him [Jack], a darker shadow crept beneath the swarthiness of his skin..."

  8. malevolently: with hostility  "Piggy grabbed and put on the glasses.  He looked malevolently at Jack." 

Vocabulary Chapter 5 

Beast from Water

  1. jeeringly:  mockingly  "...remembering that first enthusiastic exploration as though it were part of a brighter childhood, he smiled jeeringly."

  2. ludicrous:   ridiculous, absurd  "But Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains."

  3. effigy:  representation   "At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him."

  4. lamentation:  weeping, crying   "At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him."

  5. reverence: respect; honor  

Vocabulary Chapter 6

Beast from Air

  1. interminable: seemingly without end  "An interminable dawn faded the stars out, and at last light, sad and gray, filtered into the shelter."

  2. embroiled: involved in conflict "Piggy, finding himself uncomfortably embroiled, slid the conch to Ralph's knees and sat down."

  3. diffidently: with hesitation and respect  "Diffidently, Simon allowed his pace to slacken until he was walking side by side with Ralph and looking up a him through the coarse black hair..."

  4. leviathan: a great sea monster defeated by God in the Old Testament Book of Job  "Then the sleeping leviathan breathed out, the waters rose, the weed streamed, and the water boiled over the table rock with a roar." (This is figurative: the leviathan referred to here is a large table rock.)

Vocabulary Chapter 7

Shadows and Tall Trees

  1. brandishing: waving about in a threatening manner    "Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife."

  2. glowered: look angrily   "Jack glowered."

  3. sagely: wisely   "Everybody agreed [with Ralph] sagely."

  4. daunting: dismaying  "The word was too good, too bitter, too successfully daunting to be repeated."

  5. bravado: foolhardiness  "Ralph surprised himself, not so much by the quality of his voice, which was even, but by the bravado of its intention."


Vocabulary Chapter 8

Gift for the Darkness


  1. sanctity: holiness; inviolability  "The wood he fetched was close at hand, a fallen tree on the platform that they did not need for the assembly, yet to the others the sanctity of the platform had protected even what was useless there."

  2. demure: modest   "Each of them [Jack & Roger] wore the remains of a black cap and ages ago they had stood in two demure rows and their voices had been the song of angels."

  3. fervor: intensity   "If Jack was astonished by their fervor he did not show it."

Vocabulary Chapter 9

A View to a Death


  1. interspersed: interwoven; with something at intervals in between    "Here there were wide spaces interspersed with thickets and huge trees and the rend of the ground led him up as the forest opened."

  2. corpulent: with a large, bulky body    "Then as the blue material of the parachute collapsed the corpulent figure would bow forward, sighing, and the flies settle once more."

  3. derision: ridicule  "Piggy once more was the center of social derision so that everyone felt cheerful and normal."

  4. succulent: juicy  "The boys with the spit gave Ralph and Piggy each a succulent chunk [of meat]."

  5. sauntered: strolled  "Jack rose from the log that was his throne and sauntered to the edge of the grass."

  6. demented: insane  "Piggy and Ralph under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society."

Vocabulary Chapter 10

The Shell and the Glasses

  1. theological: relating to the study of God   "I expect the beast disguised itself." "Perhaps," said the chief. A theological speculation presented itself." 

  2. purged: cleaned; freed  "The night was cool and purged of immediate terror."

Vocabulary Chapter 11

Castle Rock

  1. luminous: glowing   "The twins watched anxiously and Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia."

  2. myopia: near-sightedness    "The twins watched anxiously and Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia."

  3. multitudinous: consisting of innumerable parts   "There was a silence, except for the multitudinous murmur of the bees."

  4. propitiating: appealingly; in order to regain favor  " Piggy nodded propitiating."

  5. unquenchable: unstoppable; can't be satisfied  "Behind him came the twins, worried now of a while but full of unquenchable vitality."

Vocabulary Chapter 12

Cry of the Hunters

  1. inimical: hostile  "There was no reply.  To carry he must speak louder; and this would rouse those striped and inimical creatures from their feasting by the fire."

  2. ensconce: conceal   "At first the twisted stems, ensconce himself so deep that only a crawler like himself could come through, and that crawler would be jabbed."  

  3. distended: swollen from internal pressure   "Other boys were appearing now, tiny tots some of them, brown, with distended bellies of small savages."

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