"The Hunger Games," Chapter 2 Vocabulary 39 words

Learn these 39 vocabulary words that appear in the second chapter of "The Hunger Games." When you finish this list, move on to the Chapter 3 words.
  1. impact
    a forceful consequence; a strong effect
    It was as if the impact had knocked every wisp of air from my lungs, and I lay there struggling to inhale, to exhale, to do anything.
  2. remote
    located far away spatially
    Her chances of being chosen so remote that I'd not even bothered to worry about her.
  3. murmur
    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    Somewhere far away, I can hear the crowd murmuring unhappily as they always do when a twelve-year-old gets chosen because no one thinks this is fair.
  4. tribute
    something given or done as an expression of esteem
    But in District 12, where the word tribute is pretty much synonymous with the word corpse, volunteers are all but extinct.
  5. decade
    a period of 10 years
    District 12 hasn't had a volunteer in decades and the protocol has become rusty.
  6. protocol
    code of correct conduct
    District 12 hasn't had a volunteer in decades and the protocol has become rusty.
  7. synonymous
    (of words) meaning the same or nearly the same
    But in District 12, where the word tribute is pretty much synonymous with the word corpse, volunteers are all but extinct.
  8. extinct
    no longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives
    But in District 12, where the word tribute is pretty much synonymous with the word corpse, volunteers are all but extinct.
  9. huddle
    crowd or draw together
    The girl who five years ago stood huddled with her mother and sister, as he presented her, the oldest child, with a medal of valor.
  10. valor
    the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)
    The girl who five years ago stood huddled with her mother and sister, as he presented her, the oldest child, with a medal of valor.
  11. vaporize
    turn into gas
    A medal for her father, vaporized in the mines.
  12. dissent
    a difference of opinion
    So instead of acknowledging applause, I stand there unmoving while they take part in the boldest form of dissent they can manage.
  13. condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
    We do not condone.
  14. precious
    held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature
    But a shift has occurred since I stepped up to take Prim's place, and now it seems I have become someone precious.
  15. gesture
    something done as an indication of intention
    It is an old and rarely used gesture of our district, occasionally seen at funerals.
  16. taunt
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
    Is he addressing the audience or is he so drunk he might actually be taunting the Capitol?
  17. plummet
    drop sharply
    I'll never know because just as he's opening his mouth to continue, Haymitch plummets off the stage and knocks himself unconscious.
  18. grateful
    feeling or showing gratitude
    He's disgusting, but I'm grateful.
  19. compose
    calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
    With every camera gleefully trained on him, I have just enough time to release the small, choked sound in my throat and compose myself.
  20. yearn
    desire strongly or persistently
    For a moment, I yearn for something . . . the idea of us leaving the district . . . making our way in the woods . . . but I know I was right about not running off.
  21. warble
    sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
    "What an exciting day!" she warbles as she attempts to straighten her wig, which has listed severely to the right.
  22. tenuous
    having thin consistency
    Clearly hoping to contain her tenuous hair situation, she plants one hand on her head as she crosses to the ball that contains the boys' names and grabs the first slip she encounters.
  23. podium
    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
    She zips back to the podium, and I don't even have time to wish for Gale's safety when she's reading the name.
  24. register
    be aware of
    The shock of the moment is registering on his face, you can see his struggle to remain emotionless, but his blue eyes show the alarm I've seen so often in prey.
  25. compensation
    something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
    The district had given us a small amount of money as compensation for his death, enough to cover one month of grieving at which time my mother would be expected to get a job.
  26. plait
    weave into plaits
    Sweet, tiny Prim who cried when I cried before she even knew the reason, who brushed and plaited my mother's hair before we left for school, who still polished my father's shaving mirror each night because he'd hated the layer of coal dust that settled on everything in the Seam.
  27. predicament
    a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
    So I kept our predicament a secret.
  28. wail
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    And one day, you come upon them sitting motionless against a wall or lying in the Meadow, you hear the wails from a house, and the Peacekeepers are called in to retrieve the body.
  29. exposure
    the state of being vulnerable or exposed
    It's always the flu, or exposure, or pneumonia.
  30. threadbare
    having the nap worn away so that the threads show through
    I had been in town, trying to trade some threadbare old baby clothes of Prim's in the public market, but there were no takers.
  31. venture
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    Although I had been to the Hob on several occasions with my father, I was too frightened to venture into that rough, gritty place alone.
  32. scavenge
    collect discarded or refused material
    I couldn't walk into that room with the smoky fire from the damp branches I had scavenged at the edge of the woods after the coal had run out, my bands empty of any hope.
  33. sodden
    wet through and through; thoroughly wet
    I remember the outlines of garden beds not yet planted for the spring, a goat or two in a pen, one sodden dog tied to a post, hunched defeated in the muck.
  34. mesmerized
    having your attention fixated as though by a spell
    I stood mesmerized by the heat and the luscious scent until the rain interfered, running its icy fingers down my back, forcing me back to life.
  35. scorch
    become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions
    In his arms, he carried two large loaves of bread that must have fallen into the fire because the crusts were scorched black.
  36. hearty
    providing abundant nourishment
    It was good hearty bread, filled with raisins and nuts.
  37. flit
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    And more than once, I have turned in the school hallway and caught his eyes trained on me, only to quickly flit away.
  38. dreary
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    The mayor finishes the dreary Treaty of Treason and motions for Peeta and me to shake hands.
  39. anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
    We turn back to face the crowd as the anthem of Panem plays.