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Keystone English 10. Vocabulary #6 – Words of Sadness, Pain, Grief etc. PART 1 (13 words). Ascetic (adjective). Definition: Shunning pleasures; self-denying; austere.

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Keystone English 10

Vocabulary #6 –

Words of Sadness, Pain, Grief etc.

PART 1 (13 words)


Ascetic (adjective)

  • Definition: Shunning pleasures; self-denying; austere

  • Context Sentence: The conservative and ascetic Puritans of the early Massachusetts colony rigidly suppressed many forms of pleasure and recreation.


Ascetic (noun)

  • Definition: A person who shuns pleasures and lives simply

  • Context Sentence: The monk was an ascetic who had given up all worldly pleasures and possessions to live a life of service to God.


Chagrin (noun)

  • Definition: embarrassment;mortification; disappointment

  • Context Sentence: Imagine my chagrin when I realized that I had worn mismatching shoes to school!


Chagrined (adjective)

  • Definition: ashamed; mortified

  • Context Sentence: When my egregious mistake was pointed out to me, I felt deeply chagrined.


Compunction (Noun)

  • Definition: regret; remorse; qualm; scruple

  • Usually used with “no” to indicate having no regret or remorse

  • Context Sentence: The girl felt no compunction about tattling on her younger brother when he broke her favorite toy.


Contrite (Adjective)

  • Definition: Showing deep regret and sorrow for wrongdoing; penitent; repentant; remorseful

  • Context Sentence: Believing the young offender to be truly contrite, the judge sentenced him to five years of probation and counseling instead of prison time.


Contrition (Noun)

  • Definition: Repentance; remorse; penitence

  • Context Sentence: Many Nazi war criminals showed little to no contrition for the atrocities they committed during World War II.


Dejected (Adjective)

  • Definition: Sad; low in spirits; depressed; downcast

  • Context Sentence: During the NCAA tournament, Mrs. Custer is elated when UNC wins, but will be dejected if they lose.


Dejection (Noun)

  • Definition: Sadness; depression; lowness of spirits

  • Context Sentence: I could tell my children were going to miss their father by the dejection that was evident on their faces as he left for his trip.


Disconsolate (Adjective)

  • Definition: Cheerless; inconsolable

  • Context Sentence: Hannah and Tyler were absolutely disconsolate when they found out that we were going to have to put our dog Buddy to sleep


Disgruntled (Adjective)

  • Definition: in bad humor; displeased; discontented

  • Context Sentence: Students often become disgruntled when they are assigned excessive homework.


Doleful (Adjective)

  • Definition: causing grief or sadness; mournful; lugubrious

  • Context Sentence: I was greatly affected by the doleful story of WladyslawSzpilman in the movie “The Pianist.”


Glum (Adjective)

  • Definition: Moody; gloomy

  • Context Sentence: The rainy, dreary weather seemed to match Samantha’s glum disposition.


Keystone English 10 Honors

Vocabulary #7 –

Words of Sadness, Pain, Grief etc.

PART 2 (13 words)


Lament (Verb)

  • Definition: mourn; grieve

  • Context Sentence: Every year on 9/11, we lament the loss of lives that resulted from the tragic event of that day.


Lamentable (Adjective)

  • Definition: pitiable; rueful

  • Context Sentence: The reporter won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the lamentable hardships of families living in war-torn Iraq.


Maudlin (Adjective)

  • Definition: weakly sentimental and tearful

  • Context Sentence: Movies such as those based on Nicholas Spark’s novels are a bit to emotional and maudlin for my taste.


Nostalgia (Noun)

  • Definition: a sense of yearning for the past

  • Context Sentence: Looking at photographs from my childhood, I am overcome with nostalgia.


Nostalgic (Adjective)

  • Definition: Homesick

  • Context Sentence: After being away at summer camp for two long weeks, Dave was definitely nostalgic.


Pathetic (Adjective)

  • Definition: Arousing pity

  • Context Sentence: Despite his pathetic physical condition, the wounded soldier smiled bravely for the news cameras.


Pathos (Noun)

  • Definition: a quality in events, literature, music, art, etc. that arouses our pity

  • Context Sentence: The pathos of the final scene in the movie “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” moves many viewers to tears.


Pensive(Adjective)

  • Definition: thoughtful in a sad or melancholy way.

  • Context Sentence: Unlike her outgoing, buoyant sister, Elizabeth was pensive and shy.


Plight (Noun)

  • Definition: predicament; unfortunate circumstance

  • Context Sentence: Moved by the plight of thousands of displaced families who lost their homes in the flood, many people donated money and provisions to help those in need.


Poignant (Adjective)

  • Definition: painfully touching; haunting

  • Context Sentence: Chapter 3, when Eliezer is separated from his mother and little sister, is one of the saddest and most poignant chapters in the memoir, Night.


Sullen (Adjective)

  • Definition: resentfully silent; morose

  • Context Sentence: After being grounded for breaking curfew, Ray was pouty and sullen for the remainder of the weekend.


Throes (Noun - Plural)

  • Definition: pangs; anguish

  • Context Sentence: Ginnifer experienced the throes of pain as she struggled to deal with her debilitating arthritis.


Tribulation (Noun)

  • Definition: Suffering; distress

  • Context Sentence: The 1845 potato famine was a time of great tribulation in Ireland.


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