Lord of the Flies Vocabulary

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Lord of the Flies
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hiatus

an interruption, a pause

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enormity

immensity

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martyr

a person who dies for a cause

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tumult

a noisy disturbance

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furtive

stealthy, sneaky

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inarticulate

unable to speak clearly

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incantation

a chant, a magic spell

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abyss

an uncrossable gulf, a bottomless pit

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gaudy

flashy, showy, brightly colored

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parody

a mocking imitation

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ludicrous

ridiculous

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luminous

glowing, full of light

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talisman

a magic object, a good luck charm

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grimace

a facial expression of pain or disgust

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wield

to handle well, to use expertly

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tacit

unspoken, silently understood

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maternal

motherly

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tendril

a curly or winding stem, a coil or wisp of hair

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incredulous

unbelieving, skeptical

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enmity

hatred

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eccentric

peculiar, odd, unconventional

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bastion

a fortress, a stronghold

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tremulous

trembling, quivering

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fervor

passion, intense emotion

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garland

flower wreath or crown, decorative ribbon

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pallor

paleness, lack of color in the face

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phosphorescence

glow-in-the-dark, rocks or fish with natural light

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ferocity

fierceness

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ululation

a wild cry

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protrude

to stick out

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gesticulate

to motion with the hands

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derisive

mocking, making fun of

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vicissitudes

unexpected changes, troubles, obstacles, fluctuations

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thicket

thick underbrush

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cordon

a rope, to rope off

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microcosm

a small universe, a small world

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allegory

a story with two levels of meaning

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parable

a story using common elements to teach a moral or lesson

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recrimination

retaliation, blaming, scolding

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taboo

unlawful, forbidden, a thing which is unlawful or forbidden

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obtuse

stubborn, unreasonable, unmoving

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cynicism

skepticism, pessimism, a negative view

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pax

peace (Latin)

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ravenous

very hungry

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ensconce

to be fitted into, to be tucked in

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obscurity

an idea or concept which is difficult to grasp or understand

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foliage

leaves, dense green growth