John Knowles's A Separate Peace

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  1. abashed
    feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious
  2. accolade
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
  3. aesthete
    one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art
  4. ambiguously
    in an ambiguous manner
  5. anarchy
    a state of lawlessness and disorder
  6. aphorism
    a short pithy instructive saying
  7. austerity
    excessive sternness
  8. automaton
    a mechanism that can move independently of external control
  9. bantam
    any of various small breeds of fowl
  10. blitzkrieg
    a military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
  11. Bolshevik
    a Russian member of the left-wing majority group that followed Lenin and eventually became the Russian communist party
  12. cacophony
    loud confusing disagreeable sounds
  13. candid
    openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness
  14. clodhopper
    a thick and heavy shoe
  15. connive
    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
  16. conspiratorial
    relating to or characteristic of a secret plot or agreement
  17. consternation
    sudden shock or dismay that causes confusion
  18. contentious
    showing an inclination to disagree
  19. contretemps
    an awkward clash
  20. cordovan
    a fine leather originally made in Cordoba, Spain
  21. discernible
    perceptible by the senses or intellect
  22. dowager
    a widow holding property received from her deceased husband
  23. eloquence
    powerful and effective language
  24. encumbrance
    an onerous or difficult concern
  25. enmity
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
  26. erratic
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
  27. fey
    suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness
  28. foreboding
    a feeling of evil to come
  29. fratricide
    the murder of your sibling
  30. funereal
    suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial
  31. furlough
    a temporary leave of absence, especially from military duty
  32. futility
    uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
  33. gibe
    laugh at with contempt and derision
  34. gull
    aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
  35. herringbone
    a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery
  36. Holocaust
    the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
  37. idiosyncratic
    peculiar to the individual
  38. impinge
    infringe upon
  39. inane
    devoid of intelligence
  40. indulgent
    given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  41. infer
    conclude by reasoning
  42. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
  43. insinuating
    calculated to please or gain favor
  44. inured
    made tough by habitual exposure
  45. invading
    involving invasion or aggressive attack
  46. inveigle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  47. irate
    feeling or showing extreme anger
  48. irresolutely
    lacking determination or decisiveness
  49. jounce
    move up and down repeatedly
  50. judiciously
    in a judicious manner
  51. knickers
    underpants worn by women
  52. legging
    a garment covering the leg
  53. liaison
    a means of communication between groups
  54. ludicrous
    inviting ridicule
  55. multifariously
    in diverse ways
  56. opulent
    rich and superior in quality
  57. patriarchal
    of a social organization with the male as the head
  58. poignance
    a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow
  59. preeminently
    to a preeminent degree
  60. proviso
    a stipulated condition
  61. pungent
    strong and sharp to the sense of taste or smell
  62. puttee
    a strip of cloth wound around the leg to form legging
  63. refueling
    the activity of supplying or taking on fuel
  64. reprimand
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
  65. resonant
    characterized by a loud deep sound
  66. rhetorically
    in a rhetorical manner
  67. sanctity
    the quality of being holy
  68. seigneur
    a man of rank in the ancient regime
  69. sinecure
    a job that involves minimal duties
  70. sobriety
    the state of being unaffected or not intoxicated by alcohol
  71. stupefaction
    the action of stupefying; making dull or lethargic
  72. tacit
    implied by or inferred from actions or statements
  73. treachery
    an act of deliberate betrayal
  74. uniform
    clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a group
  75. vagary
    an unexpected and inexplicable change in something
  76. venerable
    profoundly honored
  77. vindicated
    freed from any question of guilt
  78. virtuoso
    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  79. vulnerable
    capable of being wounded or hurt
Created on February 5, 2010 (updated February 5, 2010)

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