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'The Pearl' Terms - Vocabulary

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Here's a vocabulary list from The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. Use these terms for reference, study, and discussion. The Pearl Terms - Vocabulary by Chapter

Ch. 1

  • avarice - greed
  • bougainvillea - tropical flower
  • consolation - to comfort
  • detachment - lack of concern or attachment
  • indigent - poor; impoverished
  • lymphatic - tissue where white blood cells are produced
  • procession - line of people
  • pulque - fermented drink
  • reassuring - to comfort
  • scandal - shameful
  • ulcers - open sores

Ch. 2

  • bulwark - defensive wall
  • deliberately - with intent
  • estuary - river meets sea tide
  • gloating - prideful; bragging
  • incandescence - giving off light
  • lateen - sail (triangle)
  • mirage - illusory
  • poultice - an herbal application for the purpose of healing or remedy
  • refined - polished
  • telescopically - slide within one another; like a telescope

Ch. 3

  • almsgiving - giving money to the poor
  • ammonia - colorless gas with a characteristic pungent odour
  • confirmation - assurance
  • consecrated - sacred
  • consequently - effect; outcome; result
  • cozened - trickery; misleading
  • curtly - short; rude
  • disparagement - insult
  • dissembling - misleading
  • essence - basic
  • furtive - secretive
  • inaudible - not able to be heard
  • intervals - space between objects
  • involuntarily - not intentional
  • judicious - to exercise good judgment; sound thinking
  • lucent - softly bright; radiant
  • mangroves - tropical tree or shrub
  • merged - unified; blended; combined
  • precipitated - hurled; cause to move suddenly
  • projected - cast on a screen
  • shrilly - high-pitched sound
  • speculations - guess; chew over; gamble
  • subjugation - forced submission; conquer
  • transfigured - idealize; metamorphosis

Ch. 4

  • appraiser - one who estimates worth or value
  • contemptuous - scorn or disdain
  • countenanced - tolerated
  • crafty - clever
  • entranced - delighted; enchantment
  • extravagant - rich; fancy
  • freshet - freshwater stream (flowing into the sea)
  • insubstantial - weak; flimsy
  • legerdemain - magic
  • lethargy - tired; weak
  • perplexed - confused
  • tules - weaving material
  • understatement - saying less than is intended, with less strength

Ch. 5

  • conceived - have the idea for; think of
  • edifice - building or structure
  • exhilaration - glad; joyful
  • leprosy - chronic granulomatous communicable disease
  • skimmed - travel on the surface; to take from the surface
  • skirled - a shrill call
  • stifling - smothering; suffocating; to take away breath or restrict
  • theories - explanation

Ch. 6

  • apprehensively - fearful
  • beckoned - signal; inviting nod or wave
  • cleft - split
  • erosion - wear away
  • escarpment - a long, steep slope or cliff; declivity
  • freshet - freshwater stream (flowing into the sea)
  • gibbered - chatter; fast talk; tending toward inarticulate gabber
  • immune - secure against
  • intercession - intervention; protection; mediation
  • malignant - dangerous; harmful; tumorous; deadly
  • monolithic - huge; imposing
  • monotonously - boring; without variation
  • outcroppings - layers of rock
  • petulant - impatient; peevish
  • remote - far away or apart
  • rupture - break; burst
  • sentinel - soldier; guard
  • threshed - beat; whipped
  • ulcerous - open sore
  • wrenched - twisted

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