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Chapter 1

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efflorescence

12

Blooming of flowers, state of flowering

enmity

14

Deep seated hatred; State of being an enemy

decorous

15

Exhibiting appropriate behavior or conduct

chorister

22

A singer or leader of a choir

bastion

29

A stronghold or fortification; similar to a stronghold

hiatus

31

A gap or interruption in continuity; a break or pause

 

Chapter 2

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ebullience

38

Zestful or spirited enthusiasm

recrimination

43

The act of accusing in return; opposing another charge

tumult

43

Commotion of a great crowd; disorder

tirade

45

A long angry or violent speech; a diatribe

Chapter 3

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oppressive

49

Using power unjustly; burdensome

inscrutable

49

Difficult to understand, mysterious

vicissitudes

49

A change or variation; unexpected changes in life

declivities

54

Downward slopes, as of a hill

tacit

55

Not spoken; implied by actions or statements

Chapter 4

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blatant

58

Totally or offensively obtrusive; very obvious

taboo

62

Excluded or forbidden from use or mention

sinewy

64

Lean and muscular; stringy and tough

malevolently

71

Having an ill will or wishing harm to others; malicious

Chapter 5

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ludicrous

78

laugibly and obviously absurd; foolish

ineffectual

79

Insufficient to produce an effect; useless

jeer

84

to abuse vocally; taunt or mock

inarticulate

89

Incomprehensible; unable to speak with clarity

Chapter 6

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leviathan

105

Something very large; giant sea creature in the Bible

clamor

108

A loud outcry; great expression of discontent

mutinously

Unruly; insubordinate or constituting a mutiny

Chapter 7

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crestfallen

117

Dispirited and depressed; dejected

impervious

121

Incapable of being penetrated or affected.

enterprise

122

An undertaking or business organization; industrious

Chapter 8

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glowered

127

Looked at or stared angrily or sullenly

rebuke

128

To criticize sharply; check or repress

demure

133

Modest and reserved in manner or behavior

fervor

133

Great intensity of emotion; intense heat

Chapter 9

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corpulent

146

Excessively fat

sauntered

150

To walk at a leisurely pace; stroll

Chapter 10

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compelled

167

To force or drive; exert a strong, irresistable force on

Chapter 11

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luminous

169

Emitting light; full of light

myopia

169

Nearsightedness

sniveling

170

To sniffle; complain or whine tearfully

quavered

174

Trembled, or spoke in a trembling voice

parried

179

Deflected or warded off; avoided

talisman

180

An object with magical power

Chapter 12

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acrid

186

Unpleasantly sharp or bitter taste or smell

cordon

191

A line of people or ships stationed to guard

elephantine

194

The size of an elephant; enormous size/strength

epaulettes

200

A fringed strap worn on military uniforms

Source: American Heritage Dictionary; Dictionary.com