First Sem english

Term Definition
precluded prevented; made impossible in advance
retribution payback; punishment for a misdeed
accosted greeted, especially in an aggressive way
afflicted suffering or sickened
explicit clearly stated
recoiling staggering back
termination end
subsided settled down; became less active or intense
mood the primary feeling that the reader experiences while reading it
plot sequence of events
characters the people or animals that participation in the action of the story
setting the time and place of the action
point of view the vantage point from which the story is told
theme the central message or insight into life revealed through the work
autobiography a form of nonfiction in which a person relates his or her own life story
biography a form of nonfiction in which a writer tells the life story of another person
essays a short nonfiction work about a particular subject
conflict the main problem that one or more characters face
dialogue the conversations between two or more characters
monologue a lengthy speech that one character addresses to others on stage
suspense the reader's feeling of curiosity, uncertainty, or even anxiety about the outcome of events in a story
conflict a struggle between opposing forces
palpable able to be touched or felt
indolently lazily; idly
bizarre odd in appearance
naive unsophisticated
scruples misgivings about something one feels is wrong
blandly in a mild and soothing matter
grotesque having a strange, bizarre design
futile hopeless
climax its biggest moment of a story
anticlimax point at which you learn that the story has not turned out the way you expected
narrative poem a poem that tells a story
pallor paleness
wreathed curled around
writhing twisting; turning
tumult noisy commotion
foreshadowing the author's use of clues to hint at future events
imagery language that a writer uses to create word pictures for the reader
placid calm
garish too bright
recounted told in detail; narrated
sullen gloomy
furtively stealthily, so as to avoid being heard
imperative urgent; absolutely necessary
reconnaissance exploratory in nature, as when observing to see information
fretful irritable or discontented
description portrait painted in words of a person, place or object
singular rare; extraordinary
avail be of help
hoax deceitful trick
introspective causing one to look into one's own thoughts and feelings
vex annoy
conundrums puzzling questions or problems
astuteness cleverness
formidable awe
mystery a story of suspense that usually contains a crime, crime solver, a criminal, suspects, and key details
characterization the way in which characters are developed
perplexed puzzled; full of doubt
thronging crowding into
legendary based on legends, stories handed down from one generation to the next
strafing attacking with machine
diction word choice
news article to inform the reader by providing facts that answer six questions: Who, what, when, where, why, and how?
objectivity presenting the facts only
dogmas firmly held beliefs of doctrines
parched dried up by heat
archaeologist person who studies the remains of ancient ways of life
imperialist here, describing a person from a country that seeks to dominate weaker countries
subjugation enslavement
reconcile bring into agreement
anecdote a brief story about an interesting, amusing, or strange event told to illustrate a point
narration writing that tells a story
despotic like an absolute ruler or tyrant
chattel a movable item of personal property
cipher code
slouching drooping
censure strong disapproval
gaunt thin and bony
droll comic and amusing in an odd way
creed statement of belief
oppression keeping others down by the unjust use of power
oasis fertile place in the desert
exalted lifted up
prodigious wonderful; of great size
hamlet small village
complied carried out or fulfilled a request
manhandled treated roughly
determination firm intention
endurance ability to withstand hardship and continue on
author's purpose his or her reasoning for writing
tone the attitude toward the subject that an author conveys in a piece of writing
fable a brief story that teaches a lesson
portents things that are thought to be signs of events to come; omens
vile evil; wicked
ravenous greedily hungry
acclaimed greeted with loud applause or approval
pandemonium wild disorder, noise, or confusion
spurn reject in a scornful way

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *