Beowulf Vocabulary

Affliction (28) state of pain, distress, or grief; misery
Anguish(65) excruciating or acute distress, suffering or pain
avenge(85) to take vengeance or exact satisfaction for
bewitch(48) to enchant; charm; fascinate
billow(120) to swell out, puff up, etc.; as by the action of wind
bitter(26) hard to bear; grievous; distressful
boast (25) to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, esp. about oneself
borne (29) to carry; bring
brood (63) to think or worry about persistently
cavernous(94) being, resembling, or suggestive of a cavern
compel (99) to force to submit; subdue
confide (51) to tell in assurance of secrecy
courteous (85) having or showing great manners
decree(62) a formal and authoritative order
dismal (67) gloomy; dreary; cheerless
dwell (99) to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside
dynasty (93) a sequence of rulers from the same family, stock, or group
encrusted (117) to cover like a crust
endure (102) to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding
entrust (51) to commit (something) in trust to; confide
exile (26) expulsion from one’s native land by authoritative decree
expedition (85) an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose
exulting (81) delight, glory, revel
fetter (73) to confine; restrain
fiend (26) a person or thing that causes mischief or annoyance
flee (27) to run away, as from danger or pursuers; take flight
flourishing (77) to be successful, prosper
fret (37) to feel or express worry
gorge (37) to swallow greedily
gory (83) involving much bloodshed and violence
gruesome (46) causing great horror, horribly grisly
hag (75) an ugly old woman, esp. a vicious or malicious one
haltingly (109) faltering or hesitating
heathen (28) an unconverted person who does not acknowledge the God of the Bible
hoard (24) a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation
hoary (102) old, dated, aged
honeyed (57) flattering or ingratiating
imperious (83) domineering in a haughty manner
indifference (87) lack of interest or concern
infamous (47) having an extremely bad reputation
inhabit (63) to live or swell in
kindle (120) to set fire to or ignite
kinship (103) relationship by nature, qualities, etc.;affinity
kinsmen (25) a blood relative; a person of the same nationality or ethnic group
lair (27) a den or resting place
lament (27) to feel or express sorrow or regret for
loathsome (54) causing feelings of loathing; disgusting; revolting
lust (27) uncontrolled passion or appetite
malice (91) desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another
moored (82) to secure in a particular place
niggardly (83) reluctant to give or spend
omen (29) anything perceive or happening that is believed to be prophetic
pagan (92) one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion
plunder (28) to rob of goods, despoil or pillage
prosperity (77) a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition
prow (30) the forepart of a ship or boat; bow
purge (43) to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable
pyre (119) a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material
quench (27) to put out or extinguish
reign (24) the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne
relic (76) a surviving memorial of something past
relish (28) liking or enjoyment of the taste of something
reparation (28) the making of amends for wrong or injury done
reprisal (42) retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received
reproach (96) to find fault with; blame; censure
resound (56) to echo or ring with sound
righteous (27) characterized by uprightness or morality
scorch (117) to affect the color, taste, etc. by burning
scorn (96) open or unqualified contempt
shroud (37) a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial
sinew (48) a tendon
skulk (97) to move in a stealthy manner; slink
slaughter (27) the brutal or violent killing of a person or great number of people or animals
sluggish (68) slow to act or respond; moving slowly
smother (38) to extinguish or deaden
solace (76) comfort, console, or cheer
solemn (84) serious and earnest
spawn (26) any person or thing regarded as the offspring of some stock, idea
spoils (25) spoils, booty, loot, or plunder taken in war or robbery
sprawl (27) to be stretched or spread out
stately (67) majestic, imposing in magnificence
stem (38) to remove
summon (80) to call upon to do something specific
surge (40) to rise, roll, move, or swell forward in or like waves
sustain (60) to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure
tarnish (93) to dull the luster of; to diminish or destroy the purity of
treachery (50) violation of faith; betrayal of trust; treason
triumphant (73) having achieved victory or success; victorious; successful
vengeance (99) an act of injury for the purpose of revenge
venomous (111) full of or containing venom; poisonous
vex (39) to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry
vile (51) morally debased, depraved, or despicable
wretched (114) despicable, contemptible, or mean
writhing (47) to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain

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