"The Cask Of Amontillado" 68 words

"The Cask of Amontillado" showcases Edgar Allan Poe at the height of his powers, crafting a tale of betrayal, revenge and creative masonry. Learn these 68 words from the short story by Edgar Allen Poe.

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  1. cask
    a cylindrical container that holds liquids
    We had passed through walls of piled bones, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs.
  2. injury
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
    THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
  3. venture
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
  4. insult
    a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
    THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
  5. vow
    make a vow; promise
    THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
  6. revenge
    action taken in return for an injury or offense
    THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
  7. threat
    declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
    You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat.
  8. avenge
    take revenge for a perceived wrong
    At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk.
  9. preclude
    make impossible, especially beforehand
    At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk.
  10. impunity
    exemption from punishment or loss
    I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.
  11. retribution
    the act of correcting for your wrongdoing
    A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.
  12. wont
    an established custom
    I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.
  13. virtuoso
    having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
    Few Italians have the true virtuoso spirit.
  14. imposture
    pretending to be another person
    For the most part their enthusiasm is adopted to suit the time and opportunity—to practise imposture upon the British and Austrian millionaires.
  15. accost
    speak to someone
    He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much.
  16. motley
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
    The man wore motley.
  17. surmount
    be on top of
    He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.
  18. impose
    impose something unpleasant
    "My friend, no; I will not impose upon your good nature.
  19. insufferable
    used of persons or their behavior
    The vaults are insufferably damp.
  20. imposed
    set forth authoritatively as obligatory
    You have been imposed upon.
  21. abscond
    run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
    There were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry in honor of the time.
  22. explicit
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
    I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.
  23. insure
    make certain of
    These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned.
  24. gait
    a person's manner of walking
    The gait of my friend was unsteady, and the bells upon his cap jingled as he strode.
  25. gleam
    a flash of light (especially reflected light)
    "It is farther on," said I; "but observe the white web-work which gleams from these cavern walls."
  26. precious
    held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature
    "Come," I said, with decision, "we will go back; your health is precious.
  27. repose
    lie when dead
    "I drink," he said, "to the buried that repose around us."
  28. azure
    of a deep somewhat purplish blue color similar to that of a clear October sky
    "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
  29. rampant
    unrestrained and violent
    "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
  30. fang
    hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake; used to inject its poison
    "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
  31. recess
    an enclosure that is set back or indented
    We had passed through walls of piled bones, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs.
  32. gesticulation
    a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion
    He laughed and threw the bottle upwards with a gesticulation I did not understand.
  33. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
    He repeated the movement—a grotesque one.
  34. comprehend
    get the meaning of something
    "You do not comprehend?" he said.
  35. jest
    act in a funny or teasing way
    "You jest," he exclaimed, recoiling a few paces.
  36. recoil
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    "You jest," he exclaimed, recoiling a few paces.
  37. cloak
    a loose outer garment
    "Be it so," I said, replacing the tool beneath the cloak, and again offering him my arm.
  38. arch
    (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
    We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.
  39. descend
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
    We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.
  40. crypt
    a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
    At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious.
  41. remote
    located far away spatially
    At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious.
  42. spacious
    (of buildings and rooms) having ample space
    At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious.
  43. colossal
    so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
    It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use in itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite.
  44. vain
    unproductive of success
    But to these words I hearkened in vain for a reply.
  45. endeavor
    attempt by employing effort
    It was in vain that Fortunato, uplifting his dull torch, endeavored to pry into the depths of the recess.
  46. pry
    to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
    It was in vain that Fortunato, uplifting his dull torch, endeavored to pry into the depths of the recess.
  47. termination
    a place where something ends or is complete
    Its termination the feeble light did not enable us to see.
  48. feeble
    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
    Its termination the feeble light did not enable us to see.
  49. extremity
    the outermost or farthest region or point
    In an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered.
  50. niche
    a small concavity
    In an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered.
  51. fetter
    restrain with fetters
    A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite.
  52. astound
    affect with wonder
    He was too much astounded to resist.
  53. resist
    withstand the force of something
    He was too much astounded to resist.
  54. implore
    call upon in supplication; entreat
    Once more let me implore you to return.
  55. mortar
    used as a bond in masonry or for covering a wall
    Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building stone and mortar.
  56. indication
    something that serves to indicate or suggest
    The earliest indication I had of this was a low moaning cry from the depth of the recess.
  57. obstinate
    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    There was then a long and obstinate silence.
  58. cease
    put an end to a state or an activity
    The noise lasted for several minutes, during which, that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction, I ceased my labors and sat down upon the bones.
  59. subside
    wear off or die down
    When at last the clanking subsided, I resumed the trowel, and finished without interruption the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh tier.
  60. resume
    take up or begin anew
    When at last the clanking subsided, I resumed the trowel, and finished without interruption the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh tier.
  61. succession
    a following of one thing after another in time
    A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back.
  62. shrill
    having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
    A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back.
  63. noble
    a titled peer of the realm
    It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty in recognising as that of the noble Fortunato.
  64. aperture
    a natural opening in something
    I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within.
  65. hasten
    move fast
    I hastened to make an end of my labor.
  66. rampart
    an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
    Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones.
  67. mortal
    a human being
    For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them.
  68. disturb
    change the arrangement or position of
    For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them.