Lord of the Flies Vocabulary: Chapters 1-4

Creeper Any plant that grows along the ground, around another plant, or up a wall by means of extending stems or branches
Proffer An offer or proposal
Efflorescence The state of period of flowering
Specious Misleading in appearance
Effulgence A brilliant radiance
Swathing To wrap in several layers of fabric
Conch The spiral shell of a gastropod, often used as a horn
Enmity The state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something
Strident Loud and harsh; grating
Matins A service of morning prayer in various churches
Precentor A person who leads a congregation in its singing or prayers
Furtive Attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive
Pallidly In a manner of lacking interest or vitality
Suffusion The overspreading of color
Togs An informal term for clothing
Pliant Easily bent; flexible
Immured To enclose or confine (someone) against their will
Bastion A natural rock formation resembling a projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions
Hiatus A pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process
Gesticulated To use gestures, esp. dramatic ones, instead of speaking or to emphasize one’s words
Induced To succeed in persuading or influencing (someone) to do something
Exasperation Aggravation: an exasperated feeling of annoyance
Conspiratorial Relating to or characteristic of conspiracy or conspirators
Errant Erring or straying from the proper course or standards
Ebullience Exuberance; overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval
Clambering To climb, move, or get in or out of something in an awkward and laborious way
Officious Assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, esp. with regard to petty or trivial matters
Assented Agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
Recrimination An accusation in response to one from someone else
Mirage Something that appears real or possible but is not
Opalescence The visual property of something having a milky brightness and a play of colors from the surface
Belligerence Aggressive or war-like behavior
Impalpable Not easily comprehended
Incursion An invasion or attack, esp. a sudden or brief one
Detritus Waste or debris of any kind
Disinclination A reluctance or lack of enthusiasm
Gyration A rapid movement in a circle or spiral; a whirling motion
Festoon To adorn with chains, garlands, or other decorations
Gaudy Extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless
Vicissitude A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant
Declivities A downward slope
Tacit Understood or implied without being stated
Inscrutably In an impossible to understand or to interpret manner
Susurration The indistinct sound of people whispering

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