50 Words from Jane Austen's "Pride & Prejudice" 50 words

Quiz yourself on words that mark Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece as of its time.
  1. scrupulous
    characterized by extreme care and great effort
    "You are over-scrupulous, surely.
  2. vex
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    It would vex me, indeed, to see you again the dupe of Miss Bingley's pretended regard."
  3. deign
    do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
    Mrs. Bennet deigned not to make any reply, but, unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters.
  4. venture
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    Her mother's thoughts she plainly saw were bent the same way, and she determined not to venture near her, lest she might hear too much.
  5. surpass
    be or do something to a greater degree
    "Oh! certainly," cried his faithful assistant, "no one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with.
  6. rapture
    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
    "Now, Kitty, you may cough as much as you choose," said Mr. Bennet; and, as he spoke, he left the room, fatigued with the raptures of his wife.
  7. amends
    something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
    At that instant, she felt that years of happiness could not make Jane or herself amends for moments of such painful confusion.
  8. ingenious
    showing inventiveness and skill
    They attacked him in various ways--with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all, and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour, Lady Lucas.
  9. surmise
    infer from incomplete evidence
    They attacked him in various ways--with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all, and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour, Lady Lucas.
  10. elude
    escape, either physically or mentally
    They attacked him in various ways--with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all, and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour, Lady Lucas.
  11. countenance
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    Mr. Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.
  12. unaffected
    free of artificiality; sincere and genuine
    Mr. Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.
  13. pronounce
    pronounce judgment on
    The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud; to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compare
  14. figure
    the impression produced by a person
    The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud; to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compare
  15. fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
    "I would not be so fastidious as you are," cried Mr. Bingley, "for a kingdom!
  16. cordial
    politely warm and friendly
    Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings toward him.
  17. gratify
    make happy or satisfied
    "I am exceedingly gratified," said Bingley, "by your converting what my friend says into a compliment on the sweetness of my temper.
  18. censure
    rebuke formally
    "I would not wish to be hasty in censuring anyone; but I always speak what I think."
  19. affectation
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    Affectation of candour is common enough--one meets with it everywhere.
  20. dispose
    make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
    Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced; their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgement too unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed to approve them.
  21. deficient
    inadequate in amount or degree
    They were in fact very fine ladies; not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of making themselves agreeable when they chose it, but proud and conceited.
  22. associate
    bring or come into association or action
    They were rather handsome, had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town, had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds, were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank, and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others.
  23. endear
    make attractive or lovable
    Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied.
  24. haughty
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting.
  25. reserved
    marked by self-restraint and reticence
    He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting.
  26. commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
    Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl, and their brother felt authorized by such commendation to think of her as he chose.
  27. render
    cause to become
    For, though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody.
  28. supercilious
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    For, though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody.
  29. mortified
    made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride
    "That is very true," replied Elizabeth, "and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine."
  30. impertinent
    improperly forward or bold
    He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him."
  31. provoke
    provide the needed stimulus for
    On his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him; which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said: "Did you not think, Mr. Darcy, that I expressed myself uncommonly well just now, when I was teasing Colonel Forster to give us a ball at Meryton?"
  32. persevere
    be persistent, refuse to stop
    On Miss Lucas's persevering, however, she added, "Very well, if it must be so, it must."
  33. swell
    increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity
    And gravely glancing at Mr. Darcy, "There is a fine old saying, which everybody here is of course familiar with: 'Keep your breath to cool your porridge'; and I shall keep mine to swell my song."
  34. entreaty
    earnest or urgent request
    After a song or two, and before she could reply to the entreaties of several that she would sing again, she was eagerly succeeded at the instrument by her sister Mary, who having, in consequence of being the only plain one in the family, worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments, was always impatient for display.
  35. genius
    a natural talent
    Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
  36. pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
    Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
  37. engrossed
    giving or marked by complete attention to
    Mr. Darcy stood near them in silent indignation at such a mode of passing the evening, to the exclusion of all conversation, and was too much engrossed by his thoughts to perceive that Sir William Lucas was his neighbour, till Sir William thus began: "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society."
  38. vogue
    a current state of general acceptance and use
    "Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world.
  39. propriety
    correct or appropriate behavior
    Mr. Darcy, with grave propriety, requested to be allowed the honour of her hand, but in vain.
  40. reverie
    an abstracted state of absorption
    "I can guess the subject of your reverie."
  41. stricture
    severe criticism
    What would I give to hear your strictures on them!"
  42. meditate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow."
  43. indifference
    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
    He listened to her with perfect indifference while she chose to entertain herself in this manner; and as his composure convinced her that all was safe, her wit flowed long.
  44. wit
    a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
    He listened to her with perfect indifference while she chose to entertain herself in this manner; and as his composure convinced her that all was safe, her wit flowed long.
  45. contrived
    showing effects of planning or manipulation
    Elizabeth then contrived to sit by her aunt.
  46. impute
    attribute or credit to
    "I find myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be imputed to my getting wet through yesterday.
  47. pursuit
    the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
    "Well, my dear," said Mr. Bennet, when Elizabeth had read the note aloud, "if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness--if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Bingley, and under your orders."
  48. trifling
    not worth considering
    People do not die of little trifling colds.
  49. contempt
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    That she should have walked three miles so early in the day, in such dirty weather, and by herself, was almost incredible to Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and Elizabeth was convinced that they held her in contempt for it.
  50. solicitude
    a feeling of excessive concern
    When breakfast was over they were joined by the sisters; and Elizabeth began to like them herself, when she saw how much affection and solicitude they showed for Jane.