Sunday, December 8, 2013

List 4 - Jane Eyre Vocabulary

1.  philanderer - noun
a man who carries on many love affairs with women whom he does not take seriously; a man who engages in extramarital affairs with women whom he has no intention of marrying; a man who carries on many flirtations with women.
eg. 1 Before he met Jane, Mr. Rochester was a notorious philanderer.
eg. 2 Philanderers debase marriage as a holy institution.

2.  inexorable - adjective
not capable of being stopped or changed; relentless; unyielding; not persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or pleas.
eg. 1.  Jane was inexorable in her quest for truth.
eg. 2.  The student was inexorable in her determination to ear high grades.

3.  adversary - noun
an opponent; an enemy; one who contends with another.
eg. 1.  The argument turned old friends into adversaries.
eg. 2.  On the tennis court, close friends become fierce adversaries.
eg. 2.  Jane Eyre viewed Blanche Ingram as her adversary for Mr. Rochester's attentions.

4.  filial - adjective
of or befitting a son or daughter; having the relationship of a child to a parent.
eg. 1.  Jane Eyre felt no filial bond for Mrs. Reed.
eg. 2.  Taking care of their aged parents is a filial responsibility of children.

5.  mitigate - verb
to lessen in force or intensity as wrath, grief, pain, harshness; to moderate; to make less severe; to make milder or more gentle.
eg. 1.  The support of Helen Burns helped mitigate the draconian tortures of Jane by Mr. Brocklehurst at the Lowood institute.

6.  recalcitrant - adjective
refusing to obey; resisting authority or control; refractory; defiant; rebellious; insubordinate.
eg. 1.  Recalcitrant students disrupt the class by talking during lessons.
eg. 2.  The recalcitrant dog refused to stop barking even though he was punished daily.
eg. 3.  It was Jane's recalcitrant nature which so irritated Mrs. Reed.

7.  disenfranchise - verb
to deprive a person of the rights of citizenship; to exclude some people of their access to power; to stop some from achieving representation.
eg. 1.  There is a political movement to disenfranchise the poor by requiring a driver's license to vote.
eg. 2.  Jane Eyre was disenfranchised of her inheritance by Mrs. Reed who refused to inform her uncle of her whereabouts.

8.  err - verb
to be wrong; to be mistaken or incorrect; to blunder; to sin.
eg. 1. The teacher erred in judgment when she failed the hardworking student.
eg. 2. Mr. Rochester erred in denying Jane Eyre's knowledge of his wife.

9.  equivocate - verb
to use ambiguous or unclear expressions usually to mislead or avoid commitment; to prevaricate; to hedge; to avoid making explicit statements; to palter.
eg. 1.  Jane Eyre equivocated when St. John Rivers proposed marriage to her.
eg. 2.  When asked if he cheated on the test, the student equivocated.

10.  prescient - adjective
having foreknowledge; knowing ahead of time; able to foretell; having knowledge of things before they exist.
eg. 1.  Jane was prescient of Mr. Rochester's need for her even though she was far away.
eg. 2.  Many writers of science fiction were prescient of the changes in society due to technology.

11.  imply - verb
to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated in words; to express or indicate indirectly; intimate; insinuate; hint.
eg. 1.  Mr Brocklehurst's mien implied a deep devotion to the Christian faith, but actually he was a hypocrite.
eg. 2.  The teacher's tone of voice implied disapproval.

12.  abscond - verb
to sneak away and hide; to depart in a sudden and secret manner; to avoid capture.
eg. 1.  In the confusion following her wedding, Jane absconded into the night.
eg. 2.  Edward Snowden absconded to the Soviet Union after being accused of treason for leaking governmental secrets to the media.

13.  felicity - noun
the state of being happy; bliss; joy; delight; happiness; beatitude.
eg. 1.  Jane achieved felicity through her love for Edward Rochester.
eg. 2.  Children feel felicity at Christmas.

14.  mendacious - adjective
telling lies specially habitually; dishonest; untruthful; false.
eg. 1.  The reports on the positive effect of Vitamin E were mendacious.
eg. 2.  The stories of the soldier's heroism were mendacious.

15.  chagrin - noun
a feeling of vexation through humiliation;  a keen feeling of mental unease as of annoyance or embarrassment caused by failure or disappointment; hurt; pride; abashment.
eg. 1.  Jane felt chagrin as a result of Mr. Brocklehurst's false accusation.
eg. 2.  To her chagrin, the girl arrived just as the party ended.

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