"Pride and Prejudice," Vocabulary from Chapters 9-17

Jane Austen's classic dissection of early 19th century manners, "Pride and Prejudice," introduces us to Elizabeth Bennett, a heroine even modern readers will sympathize with and root for (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-8, Chapters 9-17, Chapters 18-26, Chapters 27-37, Chapters 38-49, Chapters 50-61

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  1. civility
    formal or perfunctory politeness
    "You may depend upon it, madam," said Miss Bingley, with cold civility, "that Miss Bennet shall receive every possible attention while she remains with us."
  2. estimable
    deserving of esteem and respect
    It does not necessarily follow that a deep, intricate character is more or less estimable than such a one as yours.
  3. genteel
    marked by refinement in taste and manners
    What an agreeable man Sir William is, Mr. Bingley--is not he? so much the man of fashion! so genteel and so easy!
  4. ensue
    issue or terminate in a specified way
    Darcy only smiled; and the general pause which ensued made Elizabeth tremble lest her mother should be exposing herself again.
  5. odious
    unequivocally detestable
    How odious I should think them!"
  6. panegyric
    a formal expression of praise
    When you told Mrs. Bennet this morning that if you ever resolved on quitting Netherfield you should be gone in five minutes, you meant it to be a sort of panegyric, of compliment to yourself--
  7. laudable
    worthy of high praise
    --and yet what is there so very laudable in a precipitance which must leave very necessary business undone, and can be of no real advantage to yourself or any one else?"
  8. celerity
    a rate that is rapid
    "I dare say you believed it; but I am by no means convinced that you would be gone with such celerity.
  9. obstinacy
    resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
    "Would Mr. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intention as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?"
  10. appertain
    be a part or attribute of
    "Will it not be advisable, before we proceed on this subject, to arrange with rather more precision the degree of importance which is to appertain to this request, as well as the degree of intimacy subsisting between the parties?"
  11. expostulation
    an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
    Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.
  12. approbation
    official recognition or approval
    She liked him too little to care for his approbation.
  13. salutation
    an acknowledgment or expression of good will
    He addressed himself directly to Miss Bennet, with a polite congratulation; Mr. Hurst also made her a slight bow, and said he was 'very glad'; but diffuseness and warmth remained for Bingley's salutation.
  14. implacable
    incapable of being appeased or pacified
    " Implacable resentment is a shade in a character.
  15. propensity
    a disposition to behave in a certain way
    "And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody."
  16. propitious
    presenting favorable circumstances
    Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeth's wishes, for she was impatient to get home.
  17. laconic
    brief and to the point
    Mrs. Bennet wondered at their coming, and thought them very wrong to give so much trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again; but their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle.
  18. iniquitous
    characterized by injustice or wickedness
    "It certainly is a most iniquitous affair," said Mr. Bennet, "and nothing can clear Mr. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn.
  19. variance
    discord that splits a group
    "DEAR SIR,--The disagreement subsisting between yourself and my late honoured father always gave me much uneasiness, and since I have had the misfortune to lose him, I have frequently wished to heal the breach; but for some time I was kept back by my own doubts, fearing lest it might seem disrespectful to his memory for me to be on good terms with any one, with whom it had always pleased him to be at variance.
  20. eloquent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    Mr. Collins was eloquent in her praise.
  21. affability
    a disposition to be friendly and approachable
    The subject elevated him to more than usual solemnity of manner, and with a most important aspect he protested that "he had never in his life witnessed such behaviour in a person of rank--such affability and condescension, as he had himself experienced from Lady Catherine.
  22. veneration
    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
    A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which he felt for her high rank, and his veneration for her as his patroness, mingling with a very good opinion of himself, of his authority as a clergyman, and his rights as a rector, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.
  23. corroborate
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain
    Mr. Darcy corroborated it with a bow, and was beginning to determine not to fix his eyes on Elizabeth, when they were suddenly arrested by the sight of the stranger, and Elizabeth, happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting.
  24. inducement
    a positive motivational influence
    "It was the prospect of constant society, and good society," he added, "which was my chief inducement to enter the shire.
  25. enumerate
    specify individually
    Lydia talked incessantly of lottery tickets, of the fish she had lost and the fish she had won; Mr. Collins, in describing the civility of Mr. and Mrs. Philips, protesting that he did not in the least regard his losses at whist, enumerating all the dishes at supper, and repeatedly fearing that he crowded his cousins, had more to say than he could well manage before the carriage stopped at Longbourn House.

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