"Inherit the Wind," Vocabulary from Act 2 Scene 1 30 words

As you read Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee's "Inherit the Wind," learn these word lists: Act 1 Scene 1, Act 1 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene 1, Act 2 Scene 2, Act 3
  1. oppressive
    weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
    The oppressive heat of the day has softened into a pleasant summer evening.
  2. climax
    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
    Apparently this informal press conference has been in progress for some time, and BRADY is now bringing it to a climax.
  3. animosity
    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
    I want people everywhere to know I bear no personal animosity toward Henry Drummond.
  4. campaign
    a race between candidates for elective office
    He gave me active support in my campaign of 1908—and I welcomed it.
  5. impassioned
    characterized by intense emotion
    (Almost impassioned, speaking at writing tempo, so all the reporters can get it down) But I say that if my own brother challenged the faith of millions, as Mr. Drummond is doing, I would oppose him still!
  6. tempo
    (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
    (Almost impassioned, speaking at writing tempo, so all the reporters can get it down) But I say that if my own brother challenged the faith of millions, as Mr. Drummond is doing, I would oppose him still!
  7. scatter
    move away from each other
    The reporters scatter.
  8. dispatch
    an official report (usually sent in haste)
    BRADY turns to HORNBECK) Mr. Hornbeck, my clipping service has sent me some of your dispatches.
  9. flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
    HORNBECK How flattering to know I’m being clipped.
  10. biased
    favoring one person or side over another
    It grieves me to read reporting that is so—biased.
  11. critic
    anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
    I’m a critic.
  12. fervent
    characterized by intense emotion
    You will find our people are fervent in their belief.
  13. treacherous
    dangerously unstable and unpredictable
    I know it’s warm, Matt; but these night breezes can be treacherous.
  14. perspire
    excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin
    And you know how you perspire.
  15. commendable
    worthy of high praise
    Most commendable.
  16. bout
    a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers)
    This is the squared circle where he had fought so many bouts with the English language, and won.
  17. podium
    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
    He grasps the podium and stares down at them sternly.
  18. glower
    look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
    BROWN glowers at DRUMMOND.
  19. hearken
    listen; used mostly in the imperative
    Hearken to the Word!
  20. firmament
    the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
    The Lord said, “Let there be Firmament!”
  21. orgy
    any act of immoderate indulgence
    (The crowd bursts out into an orgy of hosannahs and waving arms.)
  22. replenish
    fill something that had previously been emptied
    Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it!”
  23. subdue
    make subordinate, dependent, or subservient
    Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it!”
  24. crescendo
    grow louder
    Crescendo, each answer mightier than the one Yes!
  25. frenzied
    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    (Deliberately shattering the rhythm, to go into a frenzied prayer, hands clasped together and lifted heavenward)
  26. tempest
    (literary) a violent wind
    O Lord of the Tempest and the Thunder!
  27. wrath
    intense anger (usually on an epic scale)
    O Lord of Righteousness and Wrath!
  28. writhe
    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
    For all eternity, let his soul writhe in anguish and damnation—
  29. zeal
    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    Reverend Brown, I know it is the great zeal of your faith which makes you utter this prayer!
  30. falter
    walk unsteadily
    Then he takes two faltering steps backward, looks at DRUMMOND again, then moves off the stage.