having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed
Far away from here, following the Jade River, there was once a black mountain that cut into the sky like a
jagged piece of rough metal.
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
coax rice out of the stubborn land, the fields had to be flooded with water.
deficient in amount or quality or extent
Ma sighed a great deal, an impatient noise usually accompanied with a frown at their rough clothes, rundown house, or
temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work
Ba seemed to drop his gray and work
weariness—his black eyes sparkled like raindrops in the sun when he began a story.
a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
Compare with "esteem" in the list for Chapters 13-24. The two nouns (which can also be used as verbs) can be synonymous but "reverence" is closer to a respect that's almost holy, as if to a god of great power.
She was very proud of her power and of the
reverence the people of earth paid her.
extreme distress of body or mind
They were horrified at the
anguish and misery on earth.
characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
It was planting season, which was especially
like or suggestive of fire
“I’ll buy that one,” Minli said, and she pointed at the
fiery orange fish with the black eyes and fin that had caught her eye.
marked by extreme and violent energy
"Fierce" and "fiery" can be synonymous adjectives, but in these two example sentences, they are not, because one focuses on the physical appearance of a fish, while this focuses on the temper of a law official.
The magistrate was
fierce in his anger as well
as his pride.
intense anger (usually on an epic scale)
Compare with "infuriate" (the synonymous noun "fury" can be seen in this verb)--both words and example sentences show how the magistrate's anger connects to his power.
All feared his
wrath, and when he roared his orders the people trembled.
exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage
His every decision was crafted for that purpose; every
manipulation was part of a strategy to achieve acceptance into the imperial family.
The old man's indifference
infuriated Magistrate Tiger and he ordered the carriage to stop.
laugh at with contempt and derision
"You can answer any question in the world?" the magistrate
beat through cleverness and wit
On the wedding day, Magistrate Tiger bragged to his son about how he had arranged the marriage and
outwitted the Old Man of the Moon.
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
In a flood many years ago, the grocer's family
perished—except for the daughter.
filled with wonder and delight
“I do,” Minli said,
enthralled and eager.
characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
conceited, self-important man, who, when only the imperial family is allowed to use the image of a dragon, commissions one."
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
Now that his son has married the king's daughter, Magistrate Tiger will do anything to
flaunt his power and overstretch his authority.
something given or done as an expression of esteem
"May I present this, which I humbly painted in
tribute to the great magistrate's rule."
an imperfection in an object or machine
"Magistrate," a third voice said, one that seemed a little kinder, "it is only a minor
look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression
I saw the magistrate's fat face
leering over me as he reached over and dotted in my other eye.
showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
The goldfish man’s eyes also flashed as he looked at Ma and Ba and their dust-covered clothes and
haggard, tired faces.
a cry of sorrow and grief
My parents and aunts and cousins burst into exclamations and
something considered choice to eat
Before the aromas of the
delicacies were captured in our most ornate box, they floated in the air, causing all the neighborhood animals to whine at our door.
summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
"Yes," I said, and I came closer as he