Dracula chapter 1

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. polyglot
    a person who speaks more than one language
    I could hear a lot of words often repeated, queer words, for there were many nationalities in the crowd, so I quietly got my polyglot dictionary from my bag and looked them out.
  2. smattering
    a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
    I found my smattering of German very useful here, indeed, I don't know how I should be able to get on without it.
  3. picturesque
    suggesting or suitable for an artistic composition
    Some of them were just like the peasants at home or those I saw coming through France and Germany, with short jackets, and round hats, and home-made trousers; but others were very picturesque.
  4. impalpable
    not perceptible to the touch
    As he swept his long arms, as though brushing aside some impalpable obstacle, the wolves fell back and back further still.
  5. engender
    call forth
    Sometimes, as the road was cut through the pine woods that seemed in the darkness to be closing down upon us, great masses of greyness which here and there bestrewed the trees, produced a peculiarly weird and solemn effect, which carried on the thoughts and grim fancies engendered earlier in the evening, when the falling sunset threw into strange relief the ghost-like clouds which amongst the Carpathians seem to wind ceaselessly through the valleys.
  6. serpentine
    resembling a snake in form
    One of my companions touched my arm as we swept round the base of a hill and opened up the lofty, snow-covered peak of a mountain, which seemed, as we wound on our serpentine way, to be right before us.
  7. sinewy
    consisting of tendons or resembling a tendon
    But just then the moon, sailing through the black clouds, appeared behind the jagged crest of a beetling, pine-clad rock, and by its light I saw around us a ring of wolves, with white teeth and lolling red tongues, with long, sinewy limbs and shaggy hair.
  8. reticent
    reluctant to draw attention to yourself
    friend, Dracula."

    4 May--I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat reticent, and pretended that he could not understand my German.
  9. salient
    conspicuous, prominent, or important
    It seemed to me that we were simply going over and over the same ground again, and so I took note of some salient point, and found that this was so.
  10. havoc
    violent and needless disturbance
    Fifty years ago a series of great fires took place, which made terrible havoc on five separate occasions.

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.