Test - November 6th
Words taken from Jane Eyre
strict observance in keeping engagements; promptness; the characteristic of always keeping to arranged times for appointments or meetings.
Sentence 1: Punctuality is a virtue for success.
Sentence 2: Interviewers for colleges expect punctuality in the students who arrange to meet with them.
2. aversion - noun
a strong feeling of dislike; repugnance; abhorrence; hostility; antagonism; loathing; an unreasoning desire to avoid that which displeases.
Sentence 1: Mrs. Reed had a strong aversion to Jane Eyre.
Sentence 2: Many students have a strong aversion to studying when they could be spending that time on Facebook.
3. peruse - verb
to read thoroughly; to survey with care; to examine in detail; to scrutinize; to study.
Sentence 1: Students need to peruse Jane EYre to retain the facts and details rather than skimming the pages for a broad outline of the plot.
Sentence 2: Have you perused the newspaper to understand what is occurring in Egypt at this time?
4. insuperable - adjective
incapable of being passed over, overcome, or surmounted; overwhelming; unconquerable; insurmountable; extremely great and severe.
Sentence 1: Jane Eyre faced insuperable difficulties at the Lowood institute where orphans were not given enough to eat or warm clothes to wear in winter.
Sentence 2: The cost of college has become an insuperable obstacle to achieving a first rate education for many students.
5. imp - noun
a little devil; a little demon; a mischievous child; an evil spirit; a scamp; a rogue; a rascal.
Sentence 1: Mrs. Reed characterized Jane as a little imp due to her unusual curiosity.
Sentence 2: The world of fairy tales is populated by goblins and imps.
Sentence 3: Huckleberry Finn is the most famous imp in American literature.
6. defer - verb
to put off action; to delay; to postpone; to procrastinate; to keep something from occurring at a future time.
Sentence 1: In the matter of disciplining a contumacious student, the teacher deferred to the authority of the principal.
Sentence 2: The student deferred completing his homework in order to play video games into the night.
7. malevolent - adjective
wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; malicious; injurious; pernicious; spiteful.
Sentence 1: Since he claimed to be a man of God, Mr. Brocklehurst had malevolent intentions towards the orphans whom he was supposed to help.
Sentence 2: Helen Burns fought malevolent feelings and believed in loving even her enemies.
8. debase - verb
to reduce in value and quality; to adulterate; to lower in dignity, significance, or rank; to degrade; to lower; to depreciate.
Sentence 1: Jane Eye refused to debase herself by saying she loved Mrs. Reed.
Sentence 2: The government has debased the value of the dollar.
9. apothecary - noun
archaic word for pharmacist; druggist; chemist; one who prepares and sells medicine.
Sentence 1: The apothecary often served as the medical doctor in England during the nineteenth century for patients who could not afford a physician.
Sentence 2: The apothecary actually diagnosed Jane Eyre as an abused child and prescribed a change of residence.
10. eerie - adjective
uncanny as to inspire superstitious fear especially of places and atmosphere; mysteriously frightening; ghostly; weird; strange.
Sentence 1: Being shut up in the red room was an eerie experience for Jane Eyre.
Sentence 2: The eerie laughter in Thornfield Hall frightened Jane Eyre.
11. abhor - verb
to shrink away with horror; to feel disgust; to hate very, very much; to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; to detest utterly; to loathe; to abominate.
Sentence 1: Dr. Rowes abhors racism.
Sentence 2: Helen Burns taught Jane Eyre not to abhor any human because we are all children of God.
12. pariah - noun
a member of the low caste; a person despised or rejected by society; an outcast.
Sentence 1: Jane Eyre was the pariah of the Reed Family.
Sentence 2: Many politicians are treated as pariahs after the exposure of their scandalous personal conduct.
13. quandary - noun
a feeling of puzzlement or doubt; a state of uncertainty or perplexity; a predicament; a situation from which extrication is difficult.
Sentence 1: Jane was in a quandary as to whether to marry Edward Rochester.
Sentence 2: Seniors at LaGuardia Arts face the quandary of which college to attend.
14. nuptials - noun
wedding; marriage; marriage ceremony; holy matrimony; a legal joining of two people.
Sentence 1: One the day of their nuptials, Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester faced the greatest trial of their love for each other.
Sentence 2: The nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William were a celebration of young love.
15. beguile - verb
to mislead by cheating or tricking; to deceive; to influence by flattery; to pass the time pleasantly; to charm or delight.
Sentence 1: The young man was beguiled of all his money by a thief posing as a friend.
Sentence 2: Mr. Rochester seemed to be beguiled by Blanche Ingram.
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