"Wuthering Heights," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5 63 words

As you read Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights," (etext found here), learn these word lists: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-9, Chapters 10-14, Chapters 15-20, Chapters 21-26, Chapters 27-30, Chapters 31-34
  1. perseverance
    persistent determination
    I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange.
  2. manifest
    provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
    Even the gate over which he leant manifested no sympathizing movement to the words; and I think that circumstance determined me to accept the invitation.
  3. hale
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
    Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man--very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy.
  4. sinewy
    (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful
    Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man--very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy.
  5. advent
    arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous)
    "The Lord help us!" he soliloquized in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse, looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
  6. brace
    cause to be alert and energetic
    Pure, bracing ventilation they must have up there at all times, indeed.
  7. alms
    money or goods contributed to the poor
    One may guess the power of the north wind blowing over the edge by the excessive slant of a few stunted firs at the end of the house, and by a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving alms of the sun.
  8. sundry
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
    Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns and a couple of horse-pistols, and, by way of ornament, three gaudily painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
  9. stalwart
    having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
    The apartment and furniture would have been nothing extraordinary as belonging to a homely, northern farmer with a stubborn countenance and stalwart limbs set out to advantage in knee-breeches and gaiters.
  10. morose
    showing a brooding ill humor
    He is a dark-skinned gipsy in aspect; in dress and manners a gentleman -- that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire; rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure, and rather morose.
  11. bestow
    present
    I bestow my own attributes over liberally on him.
  12. intimation
    an indirect suggestion
    Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me vis-a-vis the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
  13. tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  14. physiognomy
    the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
    Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
  15. interpose
    to insert between other elements
    I flung her back, and hastened to interpose the table between us.
  16. vexatious
    causing irritation or annoyance
    Mr. Heathcliff and his man climbed the cellar steps with vexatious phlegm.
  17. tempest
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    I don't think they moved one second faster than usual, though the hearth was an absolute tempest of worrying and yelping.
  18. laconic
    brief and to the point; effectively cut short
    He--probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant--relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me--a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
  19. churlish
    rude and boorish
    I ejaculated, mentally, "you deserve perpetual isolation from your species for your churlish inhospitality.
  20. hem
    utter `hem' or `ahem'
    I obeyed, and hemmed, and called the villain Juno, who deigned, at this second interview, to move the extreme tip of her tail, in token of owning my acquaintance.
  21. sagacity
    the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
    Well, then, I must trust to my own sagacity."
  22. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    They could not every day sit so grim and taciturn; and it was impossible, however ill-tempered they might be, that the universal scowl they wore was their everyday countenance.
  23. diabolical
    extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
    "My amiable lady!" he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on his face.
  24. disparity
    inequality or difference in some respect
    I might have seen there was too great a disparity between the ages of the parties to make it likely that they were man and wife.
  25. beneficent
    doing or producing good
    "Ah, certainly--I see now; you are the favoured possessor of the beneficent fairy," I remarked, turning to my neighbour.
  26. eloquence
    powerful and effective language
    I imagined for a moment that this piece of eloquence was addressed to me; and, sufficiently enraged, stepped towards the aged rascal with an intention of kicking him out of the door.
  27. rheumatism
    any painful disorder of the joints or muscles or connective tissues
    The red cow didn't die by chance, and your rheumatism can hardly be reckoned among providential visitations!"
  28. reprobate
    a person without moral scruples
    "No, reprobate; you are a castaway.
  29. ensconce
    fix firmly
    "Take the road you came," she answered, ensconcing herself in a chair, with a candle, and the long book open before her.
  30. wretch
    someone you feel sorry for
    It will not suit me to permit any one the range of the place while I am off guard!" said the unmannerly wretch.
  31. hearken
    listen; used mostly in the imperative
    "Hearken, hearken; shoo's cursing on 'em!" muttered Joseph, towards whom I had been steering.
  32. miscreant
    a person without moral scruples
    Then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out--on their peril to keep me one minute longer--with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
  33. vapid
    lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
    In vapid listlessness I leant my head against the window, and continued spelling over Catherine Earnshaw-- Heathcliff--Linton, till my eyes closed.
  34. tome
    a (usually) large and scholarly book
    I snuffed it off, and, very ill at ease under the influence of cold and lingering nausea, sat up and spread open the injured tome on my knee.
  35. atrocious
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    Hindley is a detestable substitute--his conduct to Heathcliff is atrocious--H. and I are going to rebel--we took our initiatory step this evening.
  36. dingy
    thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
    I took my dingy volume by the scroop, and hurled it into the dog-kennel, vowing I hated a good book.
  37. hubbub
    loud confused noise from many sources
    Then there was a hubbub!
  38. lachrymose
    showing sorrow
    I suppose Catherine fulfilled her project, for the next sentence took up another subject; she waxed lachrymose.
  39. vagabond
    a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
    Hindley calls him a vagabond, and won't let him sit with us, nor eat with us any more; and he says, he and I must not play together, and threatens to turn him out of the house if we break his orders.
  40. transgression
    the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit
    They were of the most curious character--odd transgressions that I never imagined previously.
  41. writhe
    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
    How I writhed, and yawned, and nodded, and revived!
  42. martyr
    one who suffers for the sake of principle
    Fellow-martyrs, have at him!
  43. zeal
    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    Every man's hand was against his neighbour; and Branderham, unwilling to remain idle, poured forth his zeal in a shower of loud taps on the boards of the pulpit, which responded so smartly that at last, to my unspeakable relief, they woke me.
  44. tenacious
    stubbornly unyielding
    Still it wailed, "Let me in!" and maintained its tenacious gripe, almost maddening me with fear.
  45. lamentable
    bad; unfortunate
    The fingers relaxed; I snatched mine through the hole, hurriedly piled the books up in a pyramid against it, and stopped my ears to exclude the lamentable prayer.
  46. doleful
    filled with or evoking sadness
    I seemed to keep them closed above a quarter of an hour; yet the instant I listened again, there was the doleful cry moaning on!
  47. waif
    a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
    I've been a waif for twenty years!"
  48. appellation
    identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
    I did not know whether to resent this language or pursue my explanation; but he seemed so powerfully affected that I took pity and proceeded with my dreams, affirming I had never heard the appellation of "Catherine Linton" before, but reading it often over produced an impression which personified itself when I had no longer my imagination under control.
  49. vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    I guessed, however, by his irregular and intercepted breathing, that he struggled to vanquish an excess of violent emotion.
  50. belie
    be in contradiction with
    I obeyed, so far as to quit the chamber; when, ignorant where the narrow lobbies led, I stood still, and was witness, involuntarily, to a piece of superstition on the part of my landlord which belied oddly his apparent sense.
  51. caprice
    a sudden desire
    The spectre showed a spectre's ordinary caprice.
  52. querulous
    habitually complaining
    Nothing was stirring except a brindled, gray cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a querulous mew.
  53. salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
    A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a "good-morning," but closed it again, the salutation unachieved, for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orisons, sotto voce, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
  54. orison
    reverent petition to a deity
    A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a "good-morning," but closed it again, the salutation unachieved, for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orisons, sotto voce, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.
  55. egress
    the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent
    I guessed by his preparations that egress was allowed, and leaving my hard couch, made a movement to follow him.
  56. partake
    have, give, or receive a share of
    Having no desire to be entertained by a cat-and-dog combat, I stepped forward briskly, as if eager to partake the warmth of the hearth, and innocent of any knowledge of the interrupted dispute.
  57. impalpable
    incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch
    I declined joining their breakfast, and at the first gleam of dawn took an opportunity of escaping into the free air, now clear, and still, and cold as impalpable ice.
  58. quarry
    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    Many pits, at least, were filled to a level, and entire ranges of mounds, the refuse of the quarries, blotted from the chart which my yesterday's walk left pictured in my mind.
  59. unfledged
    (of birds) not yet having developed feathers
    And Hareton has been cast out like an unfledged dunnock!
  60. recompense
    the act of compensating for service or loss or injury
    I was obliged to confess, and in recompense for my cowardice and inhumanity was sent out of the house.
  61. wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    Take him, and be damned, you beggarly interloper; and wheedle my father out of all he has.
  62. curate
    a person authorized to conduct religious worship
    At last, our curate (we had a curate then who made the living answer by teaching the little Lintons and Earnshaws, and farming his bit of land himself)--he advised that the young man should be sent to college, and Mr. Earnshaw agreed, though with a heavy spirit
  63. rue
    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    I doubt thy mother and I must rue that we ever reared thee!"