The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

A vocabulary list for the classic work by C.S. Lewis

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  1. inquisitive
    given to questioning
    Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well.
  2. row
    an angry dispute
    “There’s sure to be a row if we’re heard talking here.”
  3. wretched
    deserving or inciting pity
    “And she’ll have my tail cut off, and my horns sawn off, and my beard plucked out, and she’ll
    wave her wand over my beautiful cloven hoofs and turn them into horrid solid hoofs like a
    wretched horse’s.”
  4. sorrowfully
    in a sorrowful manner
    “It’s no good now, you know,” said the Faun, laying down its flute and shaking its head at her
    very sorrowfully.”
  5. batty
    informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
    Batty!” said Edmund, tapping his head. “Quite batty.”
  6. spiteful
    showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt
    The two elder ones did this without meaning to do it, but Edmund could be spiteful, and on this
    occasion he was spiteful.
  7. sulk
    be in a huff and display one's displeasure
    “Just like a girl,” said Edmund to himself, “ sulking somewhere, and won’t accept an apology.”
  8. dominion
    dominance or power through legal authority
    “And how, pray, did you come to enter my dominions?”
  9. flushed
    having the pinkish glow of health
    “If I’d known you had got in I’d have waited for you,” said Lucy, who was too happy and
    excited to notice how snappishly Edmund spoke or how flushed and strange his face was.
  10. jeering
    showing your contempt by derision
    “Lu was perfectly all right when we left home, but since we’ve been down here she seems to
    be either going queer in the head or else turning into a most frightful liar. But whichever it is,
    what good do you think you’ll do by jeering and nagging at her one day and encouraging her the
    next?” or: Peter saw to it that Edmund stopped jeering at her, and neither she not anyone else
    felt inclined to talk about the wardrobe at all.
  11. consideration
    the process of giving careful thought to something
    “That is a point,” said the Professor,” which certainly deserves consideration; very careful
  12. inclined
    having a preference, disposition, or tendency
    Peter saw to it that Edmund stopped jeering at her, and neither she not anyone else felt inclined
    to talk about the wardrobe at all.
  13. wrench
    a jerky pulling movement
    The door had been wrenched off its hinges and broken to bits.
  14. alight
    settle or come to rest
    Wherever the Robin alighted a little shower of snow would fall off the branch.
  15. betray
    deliver to an enemy by treachery
    “Most of them are on our side, but there are trees that would betray us to her, you know who I
    mean,” and it nodded its head several times.
  16. token
    something serving as a sign of something else
    “Quite right, quite right,” said the Beaver. “Here is my token.”
  17. modest
    marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
    They also noticed that he now had a sort of modest expression on his face—the sort of look
    people have when you are visiting a garden they’ve made or reading a story they’ve written.
  18. stratagem
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme to deceive or evade
    “Couldn’t we have some stratagem?” said Peter. “I mean couldn’t we dress up as something,
    or pretend to be—oh, peddlers or anything—or watch till she was gone out—or—oh, hang it
    all, there must be some way.”
  19. longing
    prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
    “I’m longing to meet him,” said Peter, “even if I do feel frightened when it comes to the point.”
  20. hatchet
    a small ax with a short handle used with one hand
    “But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that’s going to be human and isn’t yet,
    or used to be human once and isn’t now, or ought to be human and isn’t, you keep your eyes on
    it and feel for your hatchet.”
  21. prophecy
    a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
    “Because of another prophecy,” said Mr. Beaver. (Goes on to explain Cair Paravel prophecy).
  22. treacherous
    dangerously unstable and unpredictable
    “I didn’t like to mention it before (he being your brother and all) but the moment I set eyes on
    that brother of yours I said to myself ‘ Treacherous.’”
  23. mere
    being nothing more than specified
    Even now he hardly dared to touch it, but at last he put out his hand, very quickly, and
    did. It was cold stone. He had been frightened of a mere statue!
  24. gloating
    malicious satisfaction
    And he stood there gloating over the stone lion, and presently he did something very silly and
  25. eerie
    suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious
    They all looked so strange standing there perfectly life-like and also perfectly still, in the bright
    cold moonlight, that it was eerie work crossing the courtyard.
  26. cordial
    strong highly flavored sweet liquor often drunk after a meal
    “In this bottle,” he said, “there is a cordial made of the juice of one of the fire- flowers that
    grow in the mountains of the sun. If you or any of your friends is hurt, a few drops of this will
    restore them.”
  27. grave
    requiring serious thought
    “And now”—here he suddenly looked less grave—“here is something for the moment for you
  28. repulsive
    offensive to the mind or senses
    He grinned in a repulsive manner as he set them down on the floor beside Edmund and said:
    “Turkish delight for the little Prince. Ha! Ha! Ha!”
  29. gaiety
    a joyful feeling
    But when the whole party saw the sledge stopping and who was in it, all the gaiety went out of
    their faces.
  30. vermin
    any of various small animals or insects that are pests
    “Speak, vermin!” she said again.
  31. gluttony
    habitual eating to excess
    “What is the meaning of all this gluttony, this waste, this self-indulgence?”
  32. vicious
    having the nature of evildoing
    “Mind your own business!” said the dwarf when he saw that Edmund had turned his head to look
    at them; and he gave the rope a vicious jerk.
  33. grim
    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    It was a great grim slab of gray stone supported on four upright stones.
  34. overwhelming
    very intense
    For when they tried to look at Aslan’s face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the
    great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn’t look at him and went
    all trembly.
  35. scornfully
    without respect; in a disdainful manner
    “Yes! and have him rescued,” said the Witch scornfully.
  36. offense
    an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
    “Well,” said Aslan. “His offense was not against you.”
  37. renounce
    turn away from; give up
    “She has renounced the claim on your brother’s blood.”
  38. dreadful
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    “Something about Aslan,” said the Lucy. “Either some dreadful thing is going to happen to him,
    or something dreadful that he’s going to do.”
  39. enrage
    make someone extremely or violently angry
    But he never moved. And this seemed to enrage all that rabble. Everyone was at him now.
  40. hoist
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    He was so huge that even when they got him there it took all their efforts to hoist him onto the
    surface of it.
  41. muzzle
    forward projecting part of the head of certain animals
    “I can’t bear to look at that horrible muzzle. I wonder could we take it off?”
  42. slacking
    the evasion of work or duty
    And Aslan, not at all slacking his pace, rushed straight as a bullet toward it.
  43. ransacking
    a thorough search for something
    But at last the ransacking of the Witch’s fortress was ended.
  44. liberated
    free from traditional social restraints
    The whole crowd of liberated statues surged back into the courtyard.
  45. din
    a loud, harsh, or strident noise
    And Peter’s tired army cheered, and the newcomers roared, and the enemy squealed and
    gibbered till the wood re-echoed with the din of that onset.
  46. remnant
    a small part remaining after the main part no longer exists
    At first much of their time was spent in seeking out the remnants of the White Witch’s army and
    destroying them, and indeed for a long time there would be news of evil things lurking in the
    wilder parts of the forest—a haunting here and a killing there, a glimpse of a werewolf one
    month and a rumor of a hag the next.
  47. foreboding
    a feeling of evil to come
    “Madam,” said King Edmund, “the like foreboding stirreth in my heart also.”
Created on November 27, 2012 (updated November 28, 2012)

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