English III Vocabulary Set 1

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Old Man and the Sea
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Skiff

A small boat propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor.

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.

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Gaff

An iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish.

It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines...

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Gaunt

Very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold.

The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck.

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Benevolent

Intending or showing kindness.

The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks.

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Erosion

The process of wearing or grinding something down.

They were as old as erosions in a fishless sert.

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Humility

A lack of arrogance or false pride.

"Thank you," the old man said. He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility.

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Stern

The rear part of a ship.

The box with the baits was under the stern of the skiff along with the club that was used to subdue the big fish when they were brought alongside.

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Subdue

Put down by force or intimidation.

The box with the baits was under the stern of the skiff...used to subdue the big fish...

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Relic

Something of sentimental value.

There on the walls was a color of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and another of the Virgin of Cobre. These were relics of his wife.

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Fiction

A deliberately false or improbable account.

There was no cast net and the boy remembered when they had sold it. They went through this fiction every day.

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Bodega

A small shop selling groceries, especially in a Hispanic area.

Perico gave it to me at the bodega.