"Twilight," Vocabulary from Ch's 6-10

As you read Stephanie Meyer's vampire-romance novel "Twilight" (2005), learn these word lists: Ch's 1-5, Ch's 6-10, and Ch 11 – The Epilogue.

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definitions & notes only words
  1. affidavit
    written declaration made under oath
    Nothing is lacking: official reports, affidavits of well-known people, of
    surgeons, of priests, of magistrates; the judicial proof is most complete.
  2. alabaster
    a fine-textured white gypsum used for carving
    That displeased him; his alabaster brow furrowed.
  3. alluring
    highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
    I tried to make my smile alluring, wondering if I was laying it on too thick.
  4. banish
    expel, as if by official decree
    I banished that thought before his quick eyes read it on my face.
  5. banter
    light teasing repartee
    The green light of the forest was strangely at odds with the adolescent laughter, too murky and ominous to be in harmony with the light banter around me.
  6. beckon
    summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
    He held up one hand and beckoned me to come to him.
  7. boisterous
    full of rough and exuberant animal spirits
    I listened intently to their quiet footsteps, which were much too quiet when compared to the boisterous noise they’d been making earlier, and it didn’t sound like they were speeding up, or getting any closer to me.
  8. camaraderie
    the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
    “Well,” Mike paused, carefully reassessing the situation as he watched our camaraderie.
  9. candid
    openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness
    I didn’t know if we were still being as candid today.
  10. catastrophe
    a sudden violent change in the earth's surface
    Ordinary people seem to make it through the day without so many catastrophes.”
  11. chuckle
    laugh quietly or with restraint
    He chuckled at my puzzled tone.
  12. claustrophobic
    abnormally afraid of closed-in places
    We’d rolled the windows down — the Suburban was a bit claustrophobic with nine people in it — and I tried to absorb as much sunlight as possible.
  13. colossal
    so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
    It was a colossal tribute to his face that it kept my eyes away from his body.
  14. complacent
    contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions
    “Don’t let that make you complacent, though,” he warned me.
  15. delude
    be dishonest with
    “It’s your fault that he’s deluded himself into thinking I’m going to prom with him.”
  16. desolation
    sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
    Desolation hit me with crippling strength.
  17. dilemma
    state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options
    It was a dilemma.
  18. dominant
    most frequent or common
    It seemed to me that irritation was winning out over amusement as the dominant emotion in his face.
  19. dubiously
    in a doubtful manner
    Jess asked dubiously as we walked through the front doors of the store.
  20. dwindle
    become smaller or lose substance
    Most of the young romantic he’d been in those days had faded before I’d known him, as the curly brown hair — the same color, if not the same texture, as mine — had dwindled, slowly revealing more and more of the shiny skin of his forehead.
  21. enigmatic
    not clear to the understanding
    He looked at me, his eyes enigmatic.
  22. escalate
    increase in extent or intensity
    Angela just stared out the window at the escalating storm, and Lauren twisted around in the middle seat to occupy Tyler’s attention, so I could simply lay my head back on the seat and close my eyes and try very hard not to think.
  23. euphoric
    characterized by a feeling of well-being or elation
    But that wasn’t completely responsible for the euphoric mood I was in, not even close.
  24. fang
    hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake
    The wolf faced away from me, pointing toward the shore, the hair on the back of his shoulders bristling, low growls issuing from between his exposed fangs.
  25. fervent
    characterized by intense emotion
    My voice was fervent with gratitude.
  26. fraud
    intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
    I was afraid he would turn on me with disgust and accuse me of my fraud, but he still seemed flattered.
  27. frenzy
    state of violent mental agitation
    I was far too lost in my own frenzy of antici¬pation to notice much of what she said.
  28. frigid
    extremely cold
    I listed again in my head the things I’d observed myself: the impossible speed and strength, the eye color shifting from black to gold and back again, the inhuman beauty, the pale, frigid skin.
  29. glower
    look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
    I could see Jessica glowering at us now.
  30. gothic
    characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque
    When the results came up, there was a lot to sift through — everything from movies and TV shows to role-playing games, underground metal, and gothic cosmetic companies.
  31. hoarse
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
    I asked, surprised at how hoarse my voice sounded.
  32. immortal
    not subject to death
    Speed, strength, beauty, pale skin, eyes that shift color; and then Jacob’s criteria: blood drinkers, enemies of the werewolf, cold-skinned, and immortal.
  33. incentive
    a positive motivational influence
    “To give me some small incentive to bring you back.”
  34. incoherent
    without logical or meaningful connection
    I sat quietly, dazed, my thoughts incoherent.
  35. inept
    generally incompetent and ineffectual
    He smiled, elated by my inept flirting.
  36. infidelity
    the quality of being unfaithful
    It seemed that most vampire myths centered around beauti¬ful women as demons and children as victims; they also seemed like constructs created to explain away the high mortality rates for young children, and to give men an excuse for infidelity.
  37. insolent
    marked by casual disrespect
    Lauren asked — in what I imagined was an insolent tone — from across the fire.
  38. invigorating
    imparting strength and vitality
    It had been a while since I’d had a girls’ night out, and the estrogen rush was invigorating.
  39. irresistible
    impossible to resist; overpowering
    “Would it be all right if I joined you?” he asked in his silken, irresistible voice.
  40. jabber
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    We listened to whiny rock songs while Jessica jabbered on about the boys we hung out with.
  41. malice
    the quality of threatening evil
    I’d never noticed what an unpleasant, nasal voice she had, and I was surprised by the malice in it.
  42. moat
    ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water
    I ate breakfast cheerily, watching the dust moats stirring in the sunlight that streamed in the back window.
  43. mope
    be apathetic, gloomy, or dazed
    I was glad to leave campus, so I would be free to pout and mope before I went out tonight with Jessica and company.
  44. morbid
    suggesting the horror of death and decay
    It was silly and morbid to entertain such ridicu¬lous notions.
  45. muse
    reflect deeply on a subject
    “I think I’ll get them — though they’ll never match anything but the one dress,” she mused.
  46. mutter
    talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
    I heard her muttering to Mike.
  47. nonchalant
    marked by blithe unconcern
    I failed miserably in my attempt to sound nonchalant.
  48. oblivious
    failing to keep in mind
    Edward seemed oblivious.
  49. obstinate
    marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
    He walked to the door of the restaurant and held it open with an obstinate expression.
  50. oppress
    come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
    The fog had almost dissolved by the end of the second hour, but the day was still dark with low, oppressing clouds.
  51. ostentatious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
    “Like I said, it’s ostentatious.
  52. parasite
    an animal or plant that lives in or on a host
    There were many I didn’t know, and others I couldn’t be sure about because they were so covered in green parasites.
  53. pedestrian
    a person who travels by foot
    I could see in the distance, two inter¬sections down, streetlamps, cars, and more pedestrians, but they were all too far away.
  54. picturesque
    suggesting or suitable for an artistic composition
    But Jessica and Angela knew it well, so they didn’t plan to waste time on the picturesque boardwalk by the bay.
  55. pierce
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
    Now that there was no longer the sound of my soggy footsteps, the silence was piercing.
  56. plague
    any large-scale calamity
    I was painfully eager to see not just him but all the Cullens — to compare them with the new suspicions that plagued my mind.
  57. plait
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
    I turned onto my side and ripped the rubber band out, quickly combing through the plaits with my fingers.
  58. plausible
    apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful
    I read carefully through the descriptions, looking for anything that sounded familiar, let alone plausible.
  59. potent
    having or wielding force or authority
    Second, there was part of him — and I didn’t know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood.
  60. predator
    any animal that lives by preying on other animals
    We try to focus on areas with an overpopulation of predators — ranging as far away as we need.
  61. prey
    animal hunted or caught for food
    They supposedly were somehow able to prey on animals instead.”
  62. profound
    situated at or extending to great depth
    I stared at his face in profound relief, relief that went beyond my sudden de¬liverance.
  63. quaint
    attractively old-fashioned
    Port Angeles was a beautiful little tourist trap, much
    more polished and quaint than Forks.
  64. raucous
    unpleasantly loud and harsh
    “Don’t be like that, sugar,” he called, and the raucous laughter started again behind me.
  65. recoil
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    His words hinted at an end, and I recoiled from the idea.
  66. retort
    a quick reply to a question or remark
    I retorted.
  67. romantic
    expressive of or exciting love
    Most of the young romantic he’d been in those days had faded before I’d known him, as the curly brown hair — the same color, if not the same texture, as mine — had dwindled, slowly revealing more and more of the shiny skin of his forehead.
  68. satiate
    fill to satisfaction
    It doesn’t completely satiate the hunger — or rather thirst.
  69. saunter
    walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
    A few minutes after Angela left with the hikers, Jacob sauntered over to take her place by my side.
  70. savior
    a person who rescues you from harm or danger
    I wanted nothing more than to be alone with my perpetual savior.
  71. scowl
    frown with displeasure
    I scowled, but nodded.
  72. scrutinize
    examine carefully for accuracy
    “Honestly, I’m not hungry,” I insisted, looking up to scrutinize his face.
  73. scurry
    move about or proceed hurriedly
    The bouquets of brilliant anemones undulated ceaselessly in the invisible current, twisted shells scurried about the edges, obscuring the crabs within them, starfish stuck motionless to the rocks and each other, while one small black eel with white racing stripes wove through the bright green weeds, waiting for the sea to return.
  74. serene
    not agitated
    I settled into outlining a rough draft con¬tentedly, more serene than I’d felt since . . . well, since Thursday afternoon, if I was being honest.
  75. shabby
    showing signs of wear and tear
    I had a small collection of books that came with me to Forks, the shabbiest volume being a compilation of the works of Jane Austen.
  76. sinister
    wicked, evil, or dishonorable
    After all, if he was something . . . sinister, he’d done nothing to hurt me so far.
  77. slither
    pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
    As I crossed the threshold of the cafeteria, I felt the first true tingle of fear slither down my spine and settle in my stomach.
  78. smug
    marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
    I didn’t add that I was finished with it — no need to sound smug.
  79. speculate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    I speculated, distracting myself.
  80. speculative
    not based on fact or investigation
    He led the way into the line, still not speaking, though his eyes returned to my face every few seconds, their expression speculative.
  81. stifled
    held in check with difficulty
    I stifled a yawn.
  82. stupor
    marginal consciousness
    I walked up the stairs slowly, a heavy stupor clouding my mind.
  83. subconscious
    just below the level of awareness
    My subconscious had dredged up exactly the images I’d been trying so desper¬ately to avoid.
  84. superstitious
    showing ignorance of the laws of nature and faith in magic
    “So do you think we’re a bunch of superstitious natives or what?” he asked in a playful tone, but with a hint of worry.
  85. suppress
    put down by force or authority
    I awakened with renewed hope that I grimly tried to suppress.
  86. tantrum
    a display of bad temper
    Of course, I’d kicked up enough tantrums to end the fishing trips by the time I was eleven.
  87. taunt
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
    “It was nice to see you again," Jacob said, and I could tell he was taunting Mike just a bit.
  88. teeming
    abundantly filled with especially living things
    Along its pebbled banks, shallow pools that never completely drained were teeming with life.
  89. territory
    a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
    But this pack that came to our territory during my great-grandfather’s time was differ¬ent.
  90. threshold
    the entrance for passing through a room or building
    As I crossed the threshold of the cafeteria, I felt the first true tingle of fear slither down my spine and settle in my stomach.
  91. torso
    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs
    The thick bands of muscle that wrapped his arms and torso were somehow even more menacing now.
  92. truce
    a state of peace agreed to between opponents
    So my great-grandfather made a truce with them.
  93. twilight
    the time of day immediately following sunset
    Not while the rain made it dim as twilight under the canopy and pattered like footsteps across the matted earthen floor.
  94. unscathed
    not injured
    And after what happened tonight, I’m surprised that you did make it through a whole weekend unscathed.”
  95. utterly
    completely and without qualification
    But I felt utterly safe and, for the moment, totally unconcerned about where we were going.
  96. vacant
    without an occupant or incumbent
    But when I got to them, they were just a repair shop and a vacant space.
  97. vein
    a blood vessel that carries blood toward the heart
    My blood was electric in my veins.
  98. warily
    in a manner marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
    The thickset man shrugged away from the wall as I warily came to a stop, and walked slowly into the street.
  99. wary
    marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
    He looked wary, as he always did when I asked an open- ended question.
  100. wistful
    showing pensive sadness
    He turned to look at me with a wistful expression.

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