the lottery vocabulary words 22 words

  1. chickweed
    any of various plants of the genus Stellaria
    First thing you know, we'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns.
  2. disengage
    release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
    A man disengaged himself from the crowd and came forward.
  3. paraphernalia
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    The original paraphernalia for the lottery had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Warner, the oldest man in town, was born.
  4. perfunctory
    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
    There was the proper swearing-in of Mr. Summers by the postmaster, as the official of the lottery; at one time, some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery, a perfunctory. tuneless chant that had been rattled off duly each year; some people believed that the official of the lottery used to stand just so when he said or sang it, others believed that he was supposed to walk among the people, but years and years ago this p3rt of...
  5. reprimand
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play. and their talk was still of the classroom and the teacher, of books and reprimands.
  6. boisterous
    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play. and their talk was still of the classroom and the teacher, of books and reprimands.
  7. surveying
    the practice of measuring angles and distances on the ground so that they can be accurately plotted on a map
    Soon the men began to gather. surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes.
  8. precede
    be earlier in time; go back further
    There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been constructed when the first people settled down to make a village here.
  9. recital
    a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
    There was the proper swearing-in of Mr. Summers by the postmaster, as the official of the lottery; at one time, some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery, a perfunctory. tuneless chant that had been rattled off duly each year; some people believed that the official of the lottery used to stand just so when he said or sang it, others believed that he was supposed to walk among the people, but years and years ago this p3rt of...
  10. securely
    in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger
    Mr. Martin and his oldest son, Baxter, held the black box securely on the stool until Mr. Summers had stirred the papers thoroughly with his hand.
  11. lapse
    drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
    There was the proper swearing-in of Mr. Summers by the postmaster, as the official of the lottery; at one time, some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery, a perfunctory. tuneless chant that had been rattled off duly each year; some people believed that the official of the lottery used to stand just so when he said or sang it, others believed that he was supposed to walk among the people, but years and years ago this p3rt of the ri...
  12. discard
    anything that is cast aside or discarded
    Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Summers had been successful in having slips of paper substituted for the chips of wood that had been used for generations.
  13. consult
    seek information from
    Mr. Summers consulted his list.
  14. reluctantly
    with reluctance
    Soon the women, standing by their husbands, began to call to their children, and the children came reluctantly, having to be called four or five times.
  15. devote
    dedicate
    The lottery was conducted--as were the square dances, the teen club, the Halloween program--by Mr. Summers. who had time and energy to devote to civic activities.
  16. substitute
    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Summers had been successful in having slips of paper substituted for the chips of wood that had been used for generations.
  17. blossom
    reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    he morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green.
  18. survey
    consider in a comprehensive way
    Soon the men began to gather. surveying their own children, speaking of planting and rain, tractors and taxes.
  19. construct
    make by combining materials and parts
    There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been constructed when the first people settled down to make a village here.
  20. eventually
    after an unspecified period of time or an especially long delay
    Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix-- the villagers pronounced this name "Dellacroy"-- eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys.
  21. submit
    yield to the control of another
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    There was a great deal of fussing to be done before Mr. Summers declared the lottery open.
  22. tradition
    a specific practice of long standing
    Mr. Summers spoke frequently to the villagers about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as much tradition as was represented by the black box.