Lit. The Awakening Vocab

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  1. desultory
    • adj.-Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected
    • Robert and his mother exchanged bits of desultory conversation
  2. capricious
    • adj.-impulsive and unpredictable
    • The curtins flapped at the capricious will of a stiff breeze.
  3. impetuous
    • adj.-Characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate
    • The parrot had an impetuous outburst.
  4. piquant
    • adj.-Charming, interesting, or attractive
    • She had a round, sly, piquant face and pretty black eyes
  5. deprecatory
    • Expressing disapproval or criticism*
    • The girl was deprecatory at one moment, appealing to Robert.
  6. Solicitude
    • A cause of anxiety or concern
    • Edna couldn't sit through the service. Robert was full of solicitude.
  7. incipiently
    • adv.-Beginning to exist or appear
    • She recognized the feeling she had like she had felt incipiently as a child.
  8. alacrity
    • n.-liveliness or briskness
    • The quadroom assumed a fictitious animation and alacrity for the occasion
  9. commodious
    • adj.-Spacious, roomy; convenient
    • They lived in commodious apartments above the store.
  10. ennui
    • n.-a feeling of listlessness and general dissatisfaction resulting from lack of activity or excitement
    • The condition of life wasn't for her, and she could see it in an appalling and hopeless ennui.
  11. effusive
    • adj.-extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
    • Her eyes beamed with effusive welcome.
  12. poignant
    • adj.-Profoundly moving; touching
    • The song had poignant longing.
  13. temerity
    • n.-Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness
    • He stared up disapprovingly, wondering who had the temerity to disturb him so late at night.
  14. palpitant
    • uneasy; shaking, trembling
    • She seemed palpitant with the forces of life.
  15. volition
    • n.- A conscious choice or decision
    • Her feelings for robert were independent of volition.
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