Lord of the Flies Flashcards


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proffer

The fat boy waited to be asked his name in turn but this proffer of acquaintance was not made; the fair boy called Ralph smiled vaguely, stood up, and began to make his way once more toward the lagoon.

Lord of the Flies, pg.9

to put before a person for acceptance; offer

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effulgence

With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence

Lord of the Flies, pg. 14

a brilliant radiance; a shining forth

3

suffusion

The suffusion drained away from Jack's face.

Lord of the Flies, pg. 23

to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc

4

immured

Immured in these tangles, at perhaps their most difficult moment, Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others.

Lord of the Flies, pg.27

to shut in; seclude or confine

5

defiles

The boys chose their way through defiles and over heaps of sharp stone.

Lord of the Flies, pg.27

to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debase

6

gesticulated

He gesticulated wildely.

Lord of the Flies, pg.34

to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech

7

ebullience

Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless ebullience of the children, he picked up the conch, turned toward the forest, and began to pck his way over the tumbled scar.

Lord of the Flies, pg.38

high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance

8

officious

There was pushing and pulling and officious cries.

Lord of the Flies, pg.40

objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome: an officious person

9

hayrick

"You said you wanted a small fire and you been and built a pile like a hayrick..."

Lord of the Flies, pg.43

a haystack

10

festooned

Smoke was rising here and there among the creepers that festooned the dead or dying trees.

Lord of the Flies, pg.44

a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery

11

vicissitudes

Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a days hunting.

Lord of the Flies, pg.49

a change or variation occurring in the course of something

12

declivities

But Jack was pointing to the high declivities that led down from the mountain to the flatter part of the island.

Lord of the Flies, pg.54

a change or variation occurring in the course of something

13

tacit

Jack nodded, as much for the sake of agreeing as anything, and by tacit consent they left the shelter and went toward the bathing pool.

Lord of the Flies, pg.55

understood without being openly expressed; implied

14

susurration

The deep sea breaking miles away on the reef made an undertone less perceptible than the susurration of the blood.

Lord of the Flies pg.57

a soft murmur; whisper

15

detritus

Perhaps food had appeared where at the last incursion there had been none; bird droppings, insects perhaps, any of the strewn detritus of landward life.

Lord of the Flies, pg.61

any disintegrated material; debris

16

lashings

There was lashings of blood.

Lord of the Flies, pg.69

an abundance; plenty

17

discursive

The assembly shredded away and became a discursive and random scatter from the palms to the water and away along the beach, beyond night-sight.

Lord of the Flies, pg.92

passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling

18

plinth

The squareness of the rock allowed a sort of plinth around it, so that to the right, over the lagoon, one could inch along a ledge and turn the corner out of sight.

Lord of the Flies, pg.106

a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal

19

mutinously

Mutinously, the boys fell silent or muttering.

Lord of the Flies, pg.108

disposed to, engaged in, or involving revolt against authority

20

impervious

So they set, the rocking, tapping, impervious Roger and Ralph, fuming; round them the close sky was loaded with stars, save where the mountain punched up a hole of blackness.

Lord of the Flies, pg.121

not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable