"The Red Badge of Courage," Vocabulary from Ch's 19-24

The main character in Stephen Crane's "Red Badge of Courage"seeks battlefield redemption for an earlier act of cowardice. Set during The Civil War, the protagonist must confront issues of manliness and fear as he returns to the battle from which he once ran.

Learn these word lists for the classic: Ch's 1-5, Ch's 6-11, Ch's 12-18, and Ch's 19-24.

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  1. intend
    have in mind as a purpose
    The line fell slowly forward like a toppling wall, and, with a convulsive gasp that was intended for a cheer, the regiment began its journey.
  2. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size
    Other men, punched by bullets, fell in grotesque agonies.
  3. disclose
    make known to the public information previously kept secret
    The men, staring intently, began to wait for some of the distant walls of smoke to move and disclose to them the scene.
  4. bellow
    make a loud noise, as of an animal
    "Come on, yeh fools!" he bellowed.
  5. commence
    set in motion, cause to start
    They seemed suddenly to bethink them of their weapons, and at once commenced firing.
  6. generate
    bring into existence
    The smoke lately generated was in confusing clouds that made it difficult for the regiment to proceed with intelligence.
  7. desperation
    a state in which all hope is lost or absent
    Here, crouching and cowering behind some trees, the men clung with desperation, as if threatened by a wave.
  8. indignation
    a feeling of righteous anger
    The private felt a sudden unspeakable indignation against his officer.
  9. dilapidated
    in a state of decay, ruin, or deterioration
    The men wavered in indecision for a moment, and then with a long, wailful cry the dilapidated regiment surged forward and began its new journey.
  10. bludgeon
    a club used as a weapon
    In the mad scramble he was aware that the color sergeant flinched suddenly, as if struck by a bludgeon.
  11. relinquish
    turn away from; give up
    They jerked at it, stout and furious, but the color sergeant was dead, and the corpse would not relinquish its trust.
  12. conflicting
    in disagreement
    There was a mele'e of screeches, in which the men were ordered to do conflicting and impossible things.
  13. depleted
    no longer sufficient
    By the time the depleted regiment had again reached the first open space they were receiving a fast and merciless fire.
  14. pelt
    attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
    They accepted the pelting of the bullets with bowed and weary heads.
  15. glower
    look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
    They glowered with bent brows, but dangerously, upon some of the officers, more particularly upon the red bearded one with the voice of triple brass.
  16. beseech
    ask for or request earnestly
    To those he knew well he made frantic appeals, beseeching them by name.
  17. perilous
    fraught with danger
    In the clouded haze men became panicstricken with the thought that the regiment had lost its path, and was proceeding in a perilous direction.
  18. beset
    assail or attack on all sides
    At this cry a hysterical fear and dismay beset the troops.
  19. proximity
    the property of being close together
    From the moment's glimpse, it was derived that they had been unaware of the proximity of their dark suited foes or had mistaken the direction.
  20. unfaltering
    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
    Some who had been dark and unfaltering in the grimmest moments now could not conceal an anxiety that made them frantic.
  21. exaggerated
    enlarged to an abnormal degree
    Elfin thoughts must have exaggerated and enlarged everything, he said.
  22. appreciate
    recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
    He had had very little time previously in which to appreciate himself, so that there was now much satisfaction in quietly thinking of his actions.
  23. vexation
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
    His tousled hair streamed wildly, and his face was dark with vexation and wrath.
  24. content
    satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
    He sat down with an air of being content with himself.
  25. oblivious
    lacking conscious awareness of
    These intent regiments apparently were oblivious of all larger purposes of war, and were slugging each other as if at a matched game.
  26. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character
    The hush was solemn and churchlike, save for a distant battery that, evidently unable to remain quiet, sent a faint rolling thunder over the ground.
  27. undiminished
    not lessened
    His emaciated regiment bustled forth with undiminished fierceness when its time came.
  28. absolute
    perfect or complete or pure
    It was clear to him that his final and absolute revenge was to be achieved by his dead body lying, torn and gluttering, upon the field.
  29. unscathed
    not injured
    The lieutenant, also, was unscathed in his position at the rear.
  30. obdurate
    stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
    But at one part of the line there was a grim and obdurate group that made no movement.
  31. regret
    feel sorry for; be contrite about
    Shame was upon him, and with it profound regret that he was, perhaps, no more to be counted in the ranks of his fellows.
  32. intermittent
    stopping and starting at irregular intervals
    THE roarings that had stretched in a long line of sound across the face of the forest began to grow intermittent and weaker.
  33. waning
    a gradual decrease in magnitude or extent
    The youth and his friend of a sudden looked up, feeling a deadened form of distress at the waning of these noises, which had become a part of life.
  34. emerge
    come out into view, as from concealment
    Gradually his brain emerged from the clogged clouds, and at last he was enabled to more closely comprehend himself and circumstance.
  35. upheaval
    a violent disturbance
    He had dwelt in a land of strange, squalling upheavals and had come forth.

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