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“The Sniper” Vocabulary. Enveloped v. surrounded completely; covered. The fog enveloped the Lion’s Gate Bridge. . Ascetic adj. self-disciplined; severe. . The marine’s face was thin and ascetic. . Ruse n. a trick. His act was just a clever  ruse  to get me to go out with him.

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enveloped v surrounded completely covered
Envelopedv. surrounded completely; covered

The fog enveloped the Lion’s Gate Bridge.

ascetic adj self disciplined severe
Asceticadj.self-disciplined; severe.

The marine’s face was thin and ascetic.

ruse n a trick
Rusen. a trick

His act was just a clever ruse to get me to go out with him.

remorse n deep guilt or regret
Remorsen. deep guilt or regret

He felt a deep remorse for having neglected his family over the year.

eagerness n willingness to do something
Eagernessn. willingness to do something

She was eager to get started on a new project.

acute adj highly developed senses sensitive
Acuteadj. Highly developed senses; sensitive

Her acute sense of smell led her to the bakery.

dissimulation n concealment of one s thoughts feelings or character pretense
Dissimulationn.Concealment of one's thoughts, feelings, or character; pretense

Janet’s dissimulation created tension in her relationships with others.

sagacity n ability to make wise judgments
Sagacityn. ability to make wise judgments

Adam Cohen is a novelist of surprising sagacity considering his youthfulness

mortal adj very intense
Mortaladj.Very intense

 Parents live in mortal fear of children's diseases.

mournful adj
Mournfuladj.

expressing sadness, regret, or grief

She had such a mournful expression that someone teasingly asked if her dog had died.

stealthily adj
Stealthilyadj.

Slow and secret in action or character

Cats are among the stealthiest of stalkers.

blighted v suffering from conditions that destroy or prevent growth
Blightedv. Suffering from conditions that destroy or prevent growth
  • That summer, the summer of 1918, was blighted. In May & June there was no rain and the crops withered.
evanesced v faded away disappeared
Evanescedv.Faded away; disappeared
  • I hadn’t run too far before I became tired, and the flood of childish spite evanesced.
imminent adj near about to happen
Imminentadj. Near; about to happen
  • With success so imminent, we decided not to tell anyone that he could actually walk.
infallibility n inability to make a mistake
Infallibilityn.inability to make a mistake
  • Once I had succeeded in teaching Doodle to walk, I began to believe in my own infallibility.
reiterated v repeat
Reiteratedv.repeat
  • “You did, eh?” said Daddy.
  • “I certainly did,” Doodle reiterated, scowling at me…
futile adj useless hopeless
Futileadj.useless; hopeless

“I suppose the futile waiting was the sorrowful background music of our impoverished little community when I was young” (260).

impoverished v adj poor poverty stricken
Impoverishedv./adj.poor; poverty-stricken

“I suppose the futilewaiting was the sorrowful background music of our impoverished little community when I was young” (260).

inciting v n provoking stirring up
Incitingv./n.provoking; stirring up

“Then I lost my head entirely, mad with the power of inciting such rage” (263).

malicious adj desire to harm another spiteful
Maliciousadj.desire to harm another; spiteful

“The child in me sulked and said it was all in fun, but the woman in me flinched a the thought of the malicious attack…” (264).

contrition n deep feelings of regret and repentance
Contrition ndeep feelings of regret and repentance

“…for despite my wild contrition she never planted marigolds again” (266).

good morning
Good morning!

Get your journals.

Turn in your homework.

Make sure you have vocabulary sheets.

Take your seats.

When the bell rings, we will start our vocabulary 

prevailing adj generally accepted dominant
Prevailingadj.generally accepted; dominant

The prevailing belief was that she had been purposely left by a party of Texans.

beneficent adj performing kind acts
Beneficentadj. performing kind acts

In time Madame Valmonde abandoned every speculation but the one that Desiree had been sent to her by a beneficent Providence.

obscure adj unknown difficult to understand
Obscure adj.unknown; difficult to understand

Monsieur Valmonde wanted Armand to consider Desiree’s obscure origin before marrying her.

solemn adj gloomy
Solemnadj.gloomy

Big, solemn oaks grew close to it, and their thick-leaved, far-reaching branches shadowed it like a pall.

indulgent adj lenient
Indulgentadj.lenient

His negroes had forgotten how to be gay, as they had been during the old master's easy-going and indulgent lifetime.

good morning1
Good morning!

Get your journals.

Turn in your homework.

Make sure you have vocabulary sheets.

Take your seats.

When the bell rings, we will start our vocabulary 

astonished adv greatly surprised or amazed
Astonishedadv.greatly surprised or amazed

"I knew you would be astonished at the way he has grown.”

suffused v to spread or flood through
Suffusedv. to spread or flood through

“Desiree's face became suffused with a glow that was happiness itself.”

imperious adj overbearing and arrogant
Imperiousadj.overbearing and arrogant.

Marriage, and later the birth of his son had softened Armand Aubigny's imperious and exacting nature greatly.”

sumptuous adj luxurious or expensive looking
Sumptuousadj.luxurious or expensive looking.

“The baby lay asleep upon her own great mahogany bed, that was like a sumptuous throne.”

bayou n swampy area
Bayoun.swampy area

“She disappeared among the reeds and willows along the banks of the deep, sluggish bayou.”

insular adj detached
Insularadj.detached

It [laughter] was mocking and insular (Baldwin, 1).

denigrate v criticize in a derogatory manner
Denigratev.  criticize in a derogatory manner

Its [laughter’s] intent was to denigrate (Baldwin, 1).

coaxed v influenced by persuasion
Coaxed v. Influenced by persuasion

The baby brother I’d never known looked out …like an animal waiting to be coaxed into the light.

malice n desire to cause harm
Malice n.desire to cause harm

I wasn’t doing it out of malice.

vindictively adv showing revenge
Vindictivelyadv.Showing revenge

“All they knew was darkness of the movies, which they now, vindictively, dreamed,” (Baldwin, 1)

menace n something that causes harm or evil
Menacen.something that causes harm or evil

“It filled everything, the people, the houses, the music, the dark, quicksilver barmaid, with menace,” (Baldwin, 3)

parody n a ridiculous imitation
Parodyn.a ridiculous imitation

“The housing project looks like a parody of the good, clean, faceless life…” (Baldwin, 7)

sardonic adj mocking tone
Sardonicadj.mocking tone

Creole started playing “Am I Blue”, it was almost sardonic,”(Baldwin, 24).

repulsive adj causing distaste or disgust
Repulsiveadj.causing distaste or disgust

“It’s repulsive to think that you have to suffer that much” (Baldwin, 20).