"Twilight," Vocabulary from Ch's 1-5

Forbidden love is taken to a whole other level by Stephenie Meyer in her young adult vampire novel, "Twilight." The first of its series, "Twilight" welcomes Bella Swan to Washington where she enters into a dangerous but seemingly unavoidable romance with a vampire.

Learn these word lists for the vampire-romance novel: Ch's 1-5, Ch's 6-10, and Ch 11-The Epilogue.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. omnipresent
    existing everywhere at once
    It was from this town and its gloomy, omnipresent shade that my mother escaped with me when I was only a few months old.
  2. verbose
    using or containing too many words
    Neither of us was what anyone would call verbose, and I didn’t know what there was to say regardless.
  3. omen
    a sign of a thing about to happen
    I didn’t see it as an omen — just unavoidable.
  4. scarcity
    a small and inadequate amount
    My primary motivation behind buying a car, despite the scarcity of my funds, was that I refused to be driven around town in a car with red and blue lights on top.
  5. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
    My skin could be pretty — it was very clear, almost translucent-looking — but it all depended on color.
  6. pallid
    deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress
    Facing my pallid reflection in the mirror, I was forced to admit that I was lying to myself.
  7. precariously
    in a manner affording no ease or reassurance
    She dug through a precariously stacked pile of documents on her desk till she found the ones she was looking for.
  8. gawk
    look with amazement
    He gawked at me when he saw my name — not an encouraging response — and of course I flushed tomato red.
  9. drone
    talk in a monotonous voice
    I went through different arguments with her in my head while the teacher droned on.
  10. prattle
    speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
    I couldn’t remember her name, so I smiled and nodded as she prattled about teachers and classes.
  11. lanky
    tall and thin and having long slender limbs
    The last was lanky, less bulky, with un¬tidy, bronze-colored hair.
  12. lope
    a slow pace of running
    As I watched, the small girl rose with her tray — unopened soda, unbitten apple — and walked away with a quick, graceful lope that belonged on a runway.
  13. lithe
    moving and bending with ease
    I watched, amazed at her lithe dancer’s step, till she dumped her tray and glided through the back door, faster than I would have thought possible.
  14. brawny
    possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful
    They all were noticeably graceful — even the big, brawny one.
  15. avert
    turn away or aside
    He was leaning away from me, sitting on the ex¬treme edge of his chair and averting his face like he smelled something bad.
  16. burly
    muscular and heavily built
    He wasn’t nearly as slight as he’d looked next to his burly brother.
  17. gist
    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    I quickly picked up the gist of the argument.
  18. opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy
    It was better because it wasn’t raining yet, though the clouds were dense and opaque.
  19. wistfully
    in a pensively sad manner
    Then he smiled at me wistfully and went to sit by a girl with braces and a bad perm.
  20. egotistical
    having an inflated idea of one's own importance
    It was ridiculous, and egotistical, to think that I could affect anyone that strongly.
  21. mesmerized
    having your attention fixated as though by a spell
    I hadn’t noticed their clothes before — I’d been too mesmerized by their faces.
  22. incredulously
    in a disbelieving manner
    “Haven’t you ever seen snow fall before?” he asked incredulously.
  23. unison
    the act of occurring together or simultaneously
    I didn’t really want to walk to class with Mike as usual — he seemed to be a popular target for the snowball snipers — but when we went to the door, everyone besides me groaned in unison.
  24. smirk
    smile affectedly or derisively
    He smirked and pushed the microscope to me.
  25. inexplicable
    incapable of being explained or accounted for
    I glanced up, and he was staring at me, that same inexplicable look of frustration in his eyes.
  26. skeptical
    marked by or given to doubt
    Mr. Banner looked at me now; his expression was skeptical.
  27. glum
    moody and melancholic
    My voice was glum by the time I finished.
  28. engrossed
    giving or marked by complete attention to
    He’d seemed engrossed in our conversation, but now I could see, from the corner of my eye, that he was leaning away from me again, his hands gripping the edge of the table with unmistakable tension.
  29. peripheral
    on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
    I stared straight ahead as I passed the Volvo, but from a peripheral peek, I would swear I saw him laughing.
  30. novelty
    originality by virtue of being refreshingly new
    Perhaps it was because I was a novelty here, where novelties were few and far between.
  31. bedlam
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
    In the abrupt bedlam, I could hear more than one person shouting my name.
  32. myriad
    a large indefinite number
    As we spoke, nurses began unwinding his soiled bandages, exposing a myriad of shallow slices all over his forehead and left cheek.
  33. ogle
    stare or look at, especially with amorous intentions
    It wasn’t easy — it would have been more natural to ogle.
  34. derision
    the act of treating with contempt
    His voice held an edge of derision now.
  35. livid
    furiously angry
    I was in danger of being distracted by his livid, glorious face.
  36. appalled
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
    I was appalled.
  37. chagrin
    strong feelings of embarrassment
    With chagrin, I realized the probable cause — no one else was as aware of Edward as I always was.
  38. broach
    bring up a topic for discussion
    But he didn’t broach the subject until I was in my seat and he was perched on my desk.
  39. jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
    It was Jessica, and she was jubilant; Mike had caught her after school to accept her invitation.
  40. precedent
    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences
    I didn’t want to ask permission — it set a bad precedent — but I felt rude, so I tacked it on at the end.
  41. enunciate
    express or state clearly
    He enunciated every syllable, as if he were talking to someone mentally handicapped.
  42. smoldering
    showing scarcely suppressed anger
    His eyes were gloriously intense as he uttered that last sentence, his voice smoldering.
  43. disparaging
    expressive of low opinion
    “Thank you for joining us, Miss Swan,” Mr. Mason said in a disparaging tone.
  44. befuddled
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
    I looked up into his deep gold eyes, became befuddled, and, as usual, blurted out the truth.
  45. cryptic
    having a secret or hidden meaning
    “No,” I disagreed quickly, my eyes narrowing, “I can’t imagine why that would be frustrating at all — just be¬cause someone refuses to tell you what they’re thinking, even if all the while they’re making cryptic little remarks specifically designed to keep you up at night wondering what they could possibly mean . . . now, why would that be frustrating?”
  46. pariah
    a person who is rejected from society or home
    “Or better,” I continued, the pent-up annoyance flow¬ing freely now, “say that person also did a wide range of bizarre things — from saving your life under impossible circumstances one day to treating you like a pariah the next, and he never explained any of that, either, even after he promised.
  47. inaudible
    impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
    His voice was almost inaudible.
  48. unfathomable
    impossible to come to understand
    He was staring at me with an unfathomable expression.
  49. veer
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    I veered left, toward my truck.
  50. eccentric
    conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
    She’s irresponsible and slightly eccentric, and she’s a very unpredictable cook.

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