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ENG4C The Body Vocabulary
ENG4C The Body Vocabulary
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01/21/2010

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Term
slavering
Definition
The action of allowing saliva to run from the mouth.

Vern took a chance and crept a little closer to the steps, practically slavering (302)
Term
ominous
Definition
Of ill omen, foreboding evil, inauspicious.

"They trace those fuckin calls," Billy said ominously (303).
Term
awe
Definition
The feeling of solemn and reverential wonder, tinged with latent fear, inspired by what is terribly sublime and majestic in nature, e.g. thunder, a storm at sea.

As I grew older, my feelings of love for Dennis were replaced with and almost clinical awe...(312)
Term
pallid
Definition
Lacking depth or intensity of colour, faint or feeble in colour, wan, pale. (Said chiefly of the human face as affected by death, sickness, or passion

I would imagine [Denny] pallid and bloody in the darkness, the side of his head walloped in... (312)
Term
slough(ed)
Definition
Of diseased skin, tissue, etc.: To come away or off, to be shed, as a slough.


Pathches of snow sloughed away to reveal the bald ground underneath (313)
Term
dimpled
Definition
marked with a small hollow or dent, permanent or momentary, formed in the surface of some part of the human body, esp. in the cheeks in the act of smiling, and regarded as a pleasing feature.

...the knobs on his brother's spine picked out in a series of dimpled shadows against the white of his Henes tee-shirt(314)
Term
orate
Definition
To deliver an oration; to act the orator; to hold forth, ‘speechify'. Now usually humorous or sarcastic.

He presses his hand against his chest, looking for a moment like a stage Roman about to Orate.(316)
Term
stealth(ily)
Definition
with secrecy, clandestinely.

the door... swings stealthily, closed as soon as your back is turned (317)
Term
evocative
Definition
inspire or draw forth (memories, feelings, a response, etc.)

She... pushes a lock of hair behind her ear. It is an evocative, poignant gesture ((318)
Term
poignant
Definition
Painfully sharp to the physical or mental feelings, as hunger, thirst, a pang, an affront; also said of a state of feeling, as grief, regret, despair.

She... pushes a lock of hair behind her ear. It is an evocative, poignant gesture ((318)
Term
gambit
Definition
A method of opening the game, in which by the sacrifice of a pawn or piece the player seeks to obtain some advantage over his opponent. Often used metaphorically in real life power struggles.

"have you had a girl in your room, Ed?" [Virginia said.]His father lunges at the new gambit like a bear (323)
Term
baleful
Definition
(of a manner, look, etc.) gloomy, menacing. harmful, malignant, destructive

The generator light blinks balefully at him twice, and then the car settles into a ragged idle (324)
Term
derivative
Definition
coming or emanating from another source and hence not original (e.g. His music was derivative of Nirvana's, and thus not very interesting)

["Stud City"] seems both painfully derivative and painfully sophmoric to me now (326).
Term
Sophomoric
Definition
Immature, callow, irresponsibly youthful; sophomore: a second-year university or high school student.

["Stud City"] seems both painfully derivative and painfully sophmoric to me now (326).
Term
Incipent
Definition
beginning. in an initial stage.

...a 12 year old worrying that he might be an incipient alcoholic (329)
Term
Conjuror
Definition
performer of tricks which are seemingly magical, esp. by rapid movements of the hands

KA-BLAM! The gun bucked in my hand. A big hole appeared in ... the trashcan -- it was the work of an evil conjuror.
Term
apotheosis
Definition
a glorification of a thing; a sublime example; or quintessence of a thing

But the apotheosis of the memory [of that summer] is Gordon Lachance running down the road to the Florida Market with change in his pockets and sweat running down his back (342)
Term
somnolent
Definition
1 sleepy, drowsy. 2 in a state between sleeping and waking.

The hot afternoon buzzed somnolently along its appointed course outside...(344)
Term
amiably
Definition
(amiable) Friendly, kindly disposed, favourably inclined

"Right," Chris said amiably, and clapped Teddy on the back. (353)
Term
parlay
Definition
To increase (capital) by means of gambling; more generally, to exploit (a circumstance) for gain, to transform (an asset, advantage, etc.) into something considerably greater or more valuable.

...one day not tooo many years from then I'd parlay all those childhood fears ... into about a million dollars
Term
acute(ly)
Definition
Sharp at the end, coming to a sharp point, thus, of diseases: Coming sharply to a point or crisis of severity; opposed to chronic

I became acutely aware of all the noises inside me and outside me (358)
Term
sinew(s)
Definition
A strong fibrous cord serving to connect a muscle with a bone or other part; a tendon. Metaphorically, the very core of our physical being

... the bloodbeat in my ears... the creak of sinews like the strings of a violin ... (358)
Term
cliché
Definition
A stereotyped expression, a commonplace or worn-out phrase, words that lose interest through over-repetition

"His bowels turned to water" ... It may be the most accurate cliché ever coined (359)
Term
sinister
Definition
Corrupt, evil, bad, base. Literally: Left-handed: Derived from Xian tradition in which Satan is said to be left-handed

the higher, more sinister sound of big grooved wheels turning heavily on the rails (360)
Term
Fractious
Definition
unruly; now chiefly, cross, fretful, peevish esp. of children

... a few scattered boos from the fractious members of [the principal's] student body (369)
Term
Judicial
Definition
Of or belonging to judgement in a court of law, or to a judge in relation to this function; pertaining to the administration of justice

"go-Get-Em, Lardass" - there were... some judicial frowns , the largest from Hizzonner Charbonneau (369)
Term
Rigorous
Definition
Characterized by rigour; rigidly severe or unbending; austere, harsh, stern; extremely strict:

...it was she who oversaw the baking of each year's pies, subjecting each to her own rigorous quality control... (372)
Term
Apogee
Definition
The greatest altitude reached by the sun in his apparent course; Used metaphorically to mean the very peak of something

Lard Ass Hogan, now at the absolute apogee of his young life, beamed happily out over the audience. Puke was everywhere.
Term
Propriety
Definition
Of manners: Fitness, appropriateness, aptitude, suitability; appropriateness to the circumstances or conditions; conformity with requirement, rule, or principle;

And Miss Norman, who taught Latin and English... vomited into her own purse in an agony of propriety
Term
Outrider
Definition
A mounted attendant who rides in advance of or beside a carriage; spec. an escort mounted on a motor-cycle. Often metaphorically used.

the sky... the blue was now bruising towards purple. Seeing that outrider of twilight made me feel sad and calm at the same time

... fear that [the body of Ray Brower] would suddenly appear before us, a green and gibbering banshee whose purpose was to drive us back the way we had come before we could disturn his --its -- peace...
Term
Banshee
Definition
A female supernatural being supposed by the peasantry of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands to wail under the windows of a house where one of the inhabitants is about to die

Chris...voiced a screaming, womanish cry that rose and rose, ululating in the hot sunny summer air (391)
Term
Ululating
Definition
To howl or wail; to lament loudly.

Chris...voiced a screaming, womanish cry that rose and rose, ululating in the hot sunny summer air (391)
Term
Implacable
Definition
cannot be appeased or avoided; irreconcileable; inexorable

I felt [Chris's] soft, rotted, implacable hand wrap itself around my calf and begin to pull (391)
Term
Presage
Definition
To point to or indicate beforehand; to give warning of, either by omen or naturally

The air had that peculiar lack of taste that presages the latest hot day in a famous series of hot days (392)
Term
Unmitigated
Definition
Not softened in respect of severity or intensity. Not modified or toned down;absolute.

Fourteen years later I sold my first novel and made my first trip to New York. "It's going to be a three-day celebration," my editor told me... But of course it was three days of unmitigated bullshit (398)
Term
rite
Definition
a religious or solemn observance or act,

There's a high ritual to all fundamental events, the rites of passage, the magic corridor where the change happens
Term
ritual
Definition
a procedure regularly followed., often with a particular or special meaning

There's a high ritual to all fundamental events, the rites of passage, the magic corridor where the change happens
Term
laceration
Definition
mangle or tear (esp. flesh or tissue). distress or cause pain to (the feelings, the heart, etc.).

A bad bruise on the side of his face, a scalp laceration, a bloody nose (420)
Term
morbid
Definition
1 a (of the mind, ideas, etc.) macabre, unwholesome, sickly; melancholy.; of the nature of or indicative of disease

[We didn't find his pail] We found him, and we found his sneakers.... I've thought of going back and looking for it -- how does that strike you for morbid? (421)
Term
squalid
Definition
filthy, repulsively dirty. mean or poor in appearance. wretched, sordid.

Teddy went in a squalid car crash... Teddy's Bel Air was full of his friends...They hit a utility pole...
Term
Vivacious
Definition
lively, sprightly, animated, full of life

Chris sat among the well-dressed, vivacious boys and girls from the middle class families in Castle View... (433)
Term
cadge
Definition
To get by begging.
Kids were always trying to cadge smokes off him (295)
Term
peter
Definition
To diminish gradually and cease; to run out and disappear (as a stream, a vein of ore); to die out

...the search [for the Boy] would just peter away into nothing (300)
Term
Paroxysm
Definition
a fit, convulsion (e.g. of laughter, excitement, rage, terror, etc.; also said of physical processes, as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions).

Teddy went into a hysterical paroxysm ... as he picked the leeches off his naked body (396).