"Twilight," Vocabulary from Ch's 11-Epilogue

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. tangible
    perceptible by the senses especially the sense of touch
    Edward’s impatience was almost tangible as we moved at human speed to the forest edge.
  2. furtively
    in a secretive manner
    I could see a few of the other kids in class eyeing me furtively.
  3. grimace
    a contorted facial expression
    And graceful little Alice pulled back her lips in a horrific grimace and let loose with a guttural snarl that had me cowering against the seat in terror.
  4. protracted
    relatively long in duration
    His eyes burned with sincerity for a protracted moment — playing havoc with the rhythm of my heart — and then turned playful.
  5. havoc
    violent and needless disturbance
    His eyes burned with sincerity for a protracted moment — playing havoc with the rhythm of my heart — and then turned playful.
  6. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    How ghastly it would be, I thought, shuddering, if Charlie had even the slightest inkling of exactly what I did like.
  7. inkling
    a slight suggestion or vague understanding
    How ghastly it would be, I thought, shuddering, if Charlie had even the slightest inkling of exactly what I did like.
  8. rant
    a long tirade or complaint expressed with strong emotion
    He seemed fascinated by my little rant.
  9. vacant
    void of thought or knowledge
    He didn’t speak to me today, either in response to my vacant expression or because he was still angry about our squabble yesterday.
  10. plummet
    drop sharply
    We sat in front of Charlie’s house for hours, as the sky darkened and rain plummeted around us in a sudden deluge.
  11. monopolize
    have or exploit an exclusive control of something
    His quiet, probing questions kept me talking freely, forgetting, in the dim light of the storm, to be embarrassed for monopolizing the conversation.
  12. wistfully
    in a pensively sad manner
    He smiled wistfully and released all of me but one hand.
  13. proximity
    the property of being close together
    He reached across to open my door for me, and his sudden proximity sent my heart into frenzied palpitations.
  14. scoff
    laugh at with contempt and derision
    Could he really believe the impossible legends his son had scoffed at?
  15. chagrin
    strong feelings of embarrassment
    I felt his eyes on my face but I couldn’t look at him yet, afraid he might read the chagrin in my eyes.
  16. fraught
    filled with or attended with
    “I’ll do the laundry tonight — that ought to be fraught with peril.”
  17. pivotal
    being of crucial importance
    I intuitively knew — and sensed he did, too — that tomorrow would be pivotal.
  18. pretense
    the act of giving a false appearance
    Following the same instinct that had prompted me to lie to Mike, I called Jessica on the pretense of wishing her luck at the dance.
  19. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
    I fluctuated between anticipation so intense that it was very nearly pain, and an insidious fear that picked at my resolve.
  20. gratuitous
    unnecessary and unwarranted
    I woke early, having slept soundly and dreamlessly thanks to my gratuitous drug use.
  21. swathe
    an enveloping cloth or bandage
    Thick underbrush and green- swathed trunks replaced the lawns and houses.
  22. saturate
    infuse or fill completely
    “Do you want to go home?” he said quietly, a different pain than mine saturating his voice.
  23. labyrinth
    complex system of paths in which it is easy to get lost
    The forest spread out around us in a boundless labyrinth of ancient trees, and I began to be nervous that we would never find our way out again.
  24. enigma
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    Only then did I remember what the beauty of the meadow had driven from my mind — the enigma of Edward and the sun, which he’d promised to illustrate for me today.
  25. iridescent
    varying in color when seen in different lights
    I looked down at his hand and doodled aimlessly across his smooth, iridescent palm.
  26. contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    He was instantly contrite.
  27. masochistic
    deriving pleasure from being abused or dominated
    “What a sick, masochistic lion.”
  28. articulation
    the act of expressing in coherent verbal form
    His eyes were wild, his jaw clenched in acute restraint, yet he didn’t lapse from his perfect articulation.
  29. acerbic
    harsh or corrosive in tone
    “Thanks so much,” I said, my voice acerbic.
  30. lithe
    moving and bending with ease
    He was on his feet in one of his lithe, almost invisibly quick movements.
  31. irk
    irritate or vex
    I asked, irked.
  32. buoyant
    characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness
    I asked, tentative, not wanting to upset his buoyant humor.
  33. ravenous
    extremely hungry
    I realized now that I was ravenous.
  34. tread
    a step in walking or running
    I worked to make my tread sound slow and tired as I walked up the stairs to my room.
  35. susceptible
    yielding readily to or capable of
    “And while there was still that possibility that I might be . . . overcome” — he breathed in the scent at my wrist — “I was . . . susceptible.
  36. manacle
    shackle that can be locked around the wrist
    But his long hands formed manacles around my wrists as he spoke.
  37. vile
    morally reprehensible
    His strength returned and he realized there was an alternative to being the vile monster he feared.
  38. tenacity
    persistent determination
    Emmett brought his strength, Rosalie her . . . tenacity.
  39. lethargic
    deficient in alertness or activity
    Now he is able to manipulate the emo¬tions of those around him — calm down a room of angry people, for example, or excite a lethargic crowd, conversely.
  40. discernible
    perceptible by the senses or intellect
    The forest encroached on both sides, leaving the road ahead only discernible for a few meters as it twisted, serpentlike, around the ancient trees.
  41. ingenue
    an artless innocent young girl
    Something about her heart-shaped face, her billows of soft, caramel-colored hair, reminded me of the ingenues of the silent-movie era.
  42. leonine
    of or characteristic of or resembling a lion
    No one else seemed to know quite what to say, and then Jasper was there — tall and leonine.
  43. audible
    heard or perceptible by the ear
    Every time he touched me, in even the most casual way, my heart had an audible reaction.
  44. populace
    people in general considered as a whole
    He strayed as far as he could from the human populace, recognizing that his willpower was weakening, too.
  45. writhe
    move in a twisting or contorted motion
    The canvas overflowed with bright figures in swirling robes, writhing around long pillars and off marbled balconies.
  46. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something
    By night he studied music, science, medicine — and found his calling, his penance, in that, in saving human lives.”
  47. millennium
    a span of 1000 years
    “As they have been for who knows how many millennia.
  48. accede
    yield to another's wish or opinion
    “That’s true,” he acceded, his eyes guarded.
  49. unscathed
    not injured
    I jumped up in concern, but they were somehow unscathed.
  50. urbane
    showing a high degree of refinement
    Their sharp eyes carefully took in the more polished, urbane stance of Carlisle, who, flanked by Emmett and Jasper, stepped guardedly forward to meet them.
  51. diabolical
    showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness
    “She’s diabolical,” Emmett chuckled.
  52. guttural
    relating to or articulated in the throat
    And graceful little Alice pulled back her lips in a horrific grimace and let loose with a guttural snarl that had me cowering against the seat in terror.
  53. deftly
    in an agile manner
    She deftly rolled the hems a few times so I could stand.
  54. imperceptibly
    in a manner that is difficult to discern
    As I fidgeted and paced, they simply grew more still, two statues whose eyes followed me imperceptibly as I moved.
  55. lethargy
    inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
    A deep, heavy fog of lethargy washed over me, and my eyes closed without my permission.
  56. askance
    with suspicion or disapproval
    He looked askance at my luggage-less state, but then shrugged, not caring enough to ask.

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