Pangier's European Literature Semester 2

(Walking Dictionary Base Tier Recognition Element)

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. annihilation
    destruction by obliterating something
    “We do not fight, we defend ourselves against annihilation” (Remarque 113).
  2. artillery
    large but transportable armament
    “Battle planes don’t trouble us, but the observation planes we hate like the plague; they put the artillery to us” (Remarque 128).
  3. automaton
    a mechanism that can move independently of external control
    “...the earth is background of restless, gloomy world of automatons...” (Remarque 115).
  4. banal
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    “If one wants to appraise it, it is at once heroic and banal - but who wants to do that?” (Remarque 272).
  5. beckon
    summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture
    “...he beckons with his ladle to everyone that passes, and spoons him out a great dollop” (Remarque 1).
  6. belabor
    attack verbally with harsh criticism
    “We sit as though in a boiler that is being belaboured from without all sides” (Remarque 111).
  7. ceaseless
    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
    “But on the last day an astonishing number of English heavies opened up on us with high-explosive, drumming ceaselessly on our position, so that we suffered severely and came back only eighty strong” (Remarque 2).
  8. commotion
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
    “I sit by Kemmerich’s bed. He is sinking steadily. Around us is great commotion” (Remarque 26).
  9. convalescent
    returning to health after illness or debility
    “Perhaps you will go to the convalescent home at Klosterberg, among the villas Franz” (Remarque 30).
  10. convulse
    move or stir about violently
    “...feel how the body suddenly convulses, then becomes limp” (Remarque 216).
  11. docile
    easily handled or managed
    “They listen, they are docile-but when it begins again...” (Remarque 134).
  12. embitter
    cause to be resentful
    “At first astonished, then embittered, and finally indifferent, we recognized that what matters is not but the boot brush,not intelligence but the system, not freedom but drill” (Remarque 21).
  13. essentially
    at bottom or by something's very nature
    “In himself man is essentially a beast, only he butters it over like a slice of bread with a little decorum” (Remarque 44).
  14. foreboding
    a feeling of evil to come
    “Our forebodings increase as rum is served out” (Remarque 103).
  15. froth
    a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid
    “All my efforts subside like froth into the one desire to be able just to stay lying there” (Remarque 211).
  16. furtive
    secret and sly or sordid
    “They have dysentery; furtively many of them display the blood-stained tails of their shirts” (Remarque 190).
  17. gangrene
    the localized death of living cells
    “This atmosphere of carbolic and gangrene clogs the lungs, it is a thick gruel, it suffocates” (Remarque 29).
  18. gape
    look with amazement
    “Before me gapes the shell-hole” (Remarque 67).
  19. gauge
    an instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity
    “Otherwise it it hard to understand why we cannot find him; for it is only when a man has his mouth close to the ground that it is impossible to gauge the direction of his cry” (Remarque 124).
  20. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    “He looks ghastly, yellow and wan” (Remarque 14).
  21. gigantic
    exceedingly large or extensive
    “The slide along it like gigantic tapering rulers” (Remarque 59).
  22. haul
    the act of drawing something
    “Then he hauls out a frying pan from under his coat, and a handful of salt as well as a lump of fat from his pocket” (Remarque 39).
  23. hoist
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    “Kat hoists me up” (Remarque 91).
  24. inclination
    the act of bending forward
    “I do not delay long for I have little inclination to talk” (Remarque 162).
  25. indigent
    poor enough to need help from others
    “An indigent looking wood receives us” (Remarque 56).
  26. indignation
    a feeling of righteous anger
    “Three quarters of his vocabulary is derived from these regions, and they give an intimate flavour to expressions of his greatest joy as well as of his deepest indignation” (Remarque 8).
  27. insatiable
    impossible to satisfy
    “Muller is insatiable and gives himself no peace” (Remarque 77).
  28. jostle
    make one's way by pushing or shoving
    “We began to jostle the fellow” (Remarque 5).
  29. laconic
    brief and to the point
    “‘How does the cow-shit come on the roof?’ retorts Müller laconically, and turns to Haie Westhus again” (Remarque 78).
  30. ludicrous
    inviting ridicule
    “Nothing could look more ludicrous than his forage-cap and his uniform” (Remarque 176).
  31. magistrate
    a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law
    “He seems to have overdone it with a couple of young recruits on the ploughed field at home and unknown to him the son of the local magistrate was watching” (Remarque 76).
  32. marvel
    be amazed at
    “It is a marvel that our post has had no casualties so far” (Remarque 21).
  33. matron
    a married woman who is staid and dignified
    "His mother, a good plump matron, brought him to the station” (Remarque 15).
  34. melancholy
    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
    “We know that only in some strange and melancholy way we have become a wasteland” (Remarque 20).
  35. monotonous
    sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
    “Monotonously the lorries sway, monotonously come the calls, monotonously falls the rain” (Remarque 74).
  36. nourish
    provide with sustenance
    “Half an hour later every man had his tess-tin and we gathered at the cook-house. which smelt greasy and nourishing” (Remarque 3).
  37. obliquely
    to, toward or at one side
    “The next throw whizzes obliquely over to the corner” (Remarque 177).
  38. patronizing
    characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance
    “Patronizingly he gives the youngster a portion and he says…” (Remarque 36).
  39. peculiar
    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
    “I’d been struck by the peculiarity of the man...”
    (Hesse 10).
  40. peevish
    easily irritated or annoyed
    “Everyone is peevish and touchy, we do not take kindly to all this polishing, much less to the full-dress parades” (Remarque 202).
  41. perplexing
    lacking clarity of meaning
    “There are sights there that he has not forgotten, because he never possessed them - perplexing, yet lost to him” (Remarque 95).
  42. pettifogger
    a disputant who quibbles
    “With our young, awakened eyes we saw that the classical conception of Fatherland held by our teachers resolved itself here into a renunciation of personality such as one would not ask of the meanest suvants- salutes, springing to attention, parade-marches, presenting arms, right wheel, left wheel, clicking the heels, insults, and the thousand pettifogging details” (Remarque 22).
  43. putrefaction
    the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
    “This deadly exhalation from the shell-holes seems to be a mixture of chloroform and putrefaction, and fills us with nausea and retching” (Remarque 126).
  44. queue
    a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
    “At the head of the queue of course were the hungriest” (Remarque 3).
  45. quixotic
    not sensible about practical matters
    “If it were possible for us to save them, then it would be seen how much we cared - we would have a shot at it through we went under ourselves; for we can be dammed quixotic when we like; fear we do not know much about - terror of death, yes; but that is a different matter, that is physical” (Remarque 139).
  46. reluctantly
    with a certain degree of unwillingness
    “I tread on Muller’s foot: reluctantly he puts the fine boots back again under the bed” (Remarque 17).
  47. remnant
    a small part remaining after the main part no longer exists
    “And at each call a little group separates itself off, a small handful of dirty, pallid soldiers, a dreadfully small handful, and a dreadfully small remnant” (Remarque 135).
  48. requisition
    an authoritative request or demand
    “Fourteen days ago we had to go up and relieve the front line. It was fairly quiet on our sector, so the quartermaster who remained in the rear had requisitioned the usual quantity of rations and provided for the full company of one hundred and fifty men” (Remarque 2).
  49. restive
    being in a tense state
    “Katczinsky is restive, that’s a bad sign” (Remarque 65).
  50. reverberate
    ring or echo with sound
    “The roar of the guns make our lorry stagger, the reverberation rolls ragin' away to the rear, everything quakes” (Remarque 53).
  51. reverberation
    an echo
    “The roar of the guns makes our lorry stagger, the reverberation rolls raging away to the rear, everything quakes” (Remarque 53).
  52. revile
    spread negative information about
    “I won’t revile anymore, it is senseless, I could drop down and never rise again” (Remarque 32).
  53. shrewd
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    “And finally Stanislaus Katczinsky, the leader of our group shrewd, cunning and hard-bitten” (Remarque 3).
  54. skirmish
    a minor short-term fight
    “After a while Mittelstaedt stops the skirmish and begins the very important exercise of creeping” (Remarque 177).
  55. stoop
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    “Some has collected so many that they will stoop under the weight of them when we go back” (Remarque 126).
  56. surreptitious
    marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
    “Now I see that he is tormenting me, he is merely raking about in the wound and looking up surreptitiously at me over his glasses“ (Remarque 243).
  57. testament
    strong evidence for something
    “This is the testament of Paul Baumer,” (Remarque back cover).
  58. thither
    to or toward that place; away from the speaker
    “They drew us slightly thither” (Remarque 120).
  59. tremble
    move quickly and involuntarily up and down or sideways
    “I tremble with rage as I go along with the orderly” (Remarque 32).
  60. unbearable
    incapable of being put up with
    “The night is unbearable” (Remarque 108).
  61. unimpeachable
    beyond doubt or reproach
    “They are square, neat boxes with wooden sides all round, and have unimpeachably satisfactory seats” (Remarque 7).
  62. upbraid
    express criticism towards
    “Mittelstaedt continues to upbraid him” (Remarque 175).
  63. voracity
    extreme gluttony
    “In Tjaden this is voracity, in Müller it is foresight” (Remarque 1-2).
  64. windfall
    a sudden happening that brings good fortune
    “It is true we have no right to this windfall” (Remarque 2).
  65. bellow
    make a loud noise, as of an animal
    “In the spasm of terror, under the hailing of annihilation, in the bellowing death of the explosions, O Earth, thou grantest us the great resisting surge of new-won life” (Remarque 55).
  66. disquietude
    feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable
    "My disquietude grows” (Remarque 172).
  67. cobbler
    a person who makes or repairs shoes
    "By trade he is a cobbler” (Remarque 37).

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