English Vocab Part 4
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English Vocab Part 4
Vocab for the Handmaids Tale
Parchment used multiple times, being erased and then written on over again.
Associate in a friendly way.
Overly concerned with minute details.
To find fault, with a person, group, etc.
Soft, pliable leather.
Slavishly submissive, fawning. Characteristic of slaves.
Given to fanciful notion.
To influence by smooth, flattering words or acts.
Planning (usually done in secret).
Conforming to an ideology, philosophy, etc.
Concealing one's identity.
Being unknown, unusual or uncommon.
Vulgar, rude, or inappropriate.
Person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce their religion.
Earnest wish to fulfil religious obligations.
Remember that you must die.
Something/someone not in its correct historical time.
Long, close-fitting garment worn by memeber of the clergy.
A group or party united by a shared religious faith; religious denomination.
Easily seen or noticed.
Shaking or quivering out of fear.
Guilty of deception or betrayal; unpredictable danger.
Flattering or trying to please someone to raise their opinion of you; "suck up".
A discussion or conference between opposing sides; an agreement of terms.
Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
Do not let the bastards grind you down.
Showing no activity; dull, sluggish. Not moving.
Required by a legal or moral rule; compulsory.
Not specific, relating a vague term to a class or group; common, universal.
Someone who gains sexual pleasure from watching another person undress and/or have sex.
A swampy or flooded area of land.
Dropped off, shed, or discarded.
Suppple or graceful.
A large fern plant with coarse leaves.
Act of spying, especially government spies.
Protestant Christian sect.
Piece of jewellery or ornament, meant to ward of evil, disease, etc.
Poor condition or shabby.
Established code of action or behaviour in a community or organization.
Not harmful or offensive.
Designed to cause civil unrest; or something that contains chemicals that cause fires; highly flammable substances that will cause a fire on impact.
A vivid and wide-ranging description or display; picturesque display.
Showing kindness or goodwill.
A point in time, especially an important one; or a place where two or more things join.
A carved representation of a person.
To use insulting or abusive language.
Extremely thin, especially because of starvation or illness.
Something that has attractive charming old-fashioned quality.
Secretive; done in a way that is intending to escape notice; shifty.
To forgive somebody’s sins; to pronounce somebody blameless.
To clear somebody of blame or suspicion; to show that somebody is justified/correct.
the leaves of a plant/tree.
The official approving authorizing, or sanctioning of something; or a favourable opinion about somebody.
Extremely passionate enthusiasm.
Showing boldness but not good sense.
Secret cooperation between people in order to do something illegal.
A cloth covering for a woman’s head and neck.
lack of respect in somebody’s behaviour toward another person; impudence; daring to challenge assumptions or conventions, or tackle something difficult.
A woman who is the lover of a wealthy married man but with the social status of a subordinate form of wife.
A prostitute associated with a rich and powerful man who provides her with luxuries and status.
Walking or moving around.
A metal drinking cup or goblet; a cup used at communion or Mass.
Pointless action; an action that has no use, purpose, or effect.
A swift military offensive using ground and air forces.
A reckless person often somebody whose actions seem self-defeating or self-destructive.
Self-punishment for committed sin, or an act of religious devotion performed to show sorrow for having done a sin.
The feathers that cover a bird’s body.
Describes consonants that are pronounced with a hissing sound, or something producing a hissing sound.
1. An object, idea, or activity that somebody is irrationally obsessed with or attached to.
2. Something that arouses sexual excitement in somebody.
A minor or trifling offence.
Not transparent or translucent; dull and without lustre.
Something with the shape or form of an egg.
An expert in an area of the fine or domestic arts, or somebody with discriminating taste in such a specialty.
To teach somebody a belief, doctrine, or ideology thoroughly and systematically, especially with the goal of discouraging independent thought or the acceptance of other opinions.
Criticism or disapproval for doing something wrong.
Dull and unoriginal.
To make an expression of pain with the face because of seeing or thinking of something unpleasant or embarrassing. (A facial expression of pain or fear).
A sudden thought, idea, or desire, especially one based on impulse rather than reason or necessity.
Done as a matter of duty or custom, without thought, attention, or genuine feeling.
Impolite; somewhat rude or shocking because of being considered socially unacceptable.
Motivated by or resulting from a desire to cause harm or pain to another; deliberately harmful.
Feelings of shame and regret about doing something wrong; shame.
Combined to form one structure, organization, or whole.
Involving a total loss of dignity and self-respect, and making somebody or something appear shamefully weak and ineffective; shameful; despicable; deserving condemnation and contempt.
Actions intended to provoke rebellion against government authority.
An action intended to undermine a government.
Disrespect for God or sacred things.
An opinion that contradicts established religious teachings, especially one the is officially condemned by a religious authority.
To encroach on somebody’s right or territory in order to appropriate or remove another person or thing.
A moral or ethical consideration that tends to restrain behaviour.
An ideal and perfect place where everyone lives in harmony and everything is for the best.
Relating to or dealing with antiques, especially rare and old books.
A venerated emblem or symbol.
Determined not to agree with other people’s wishes or accept their suggestion; stubborn.
To treat somebody as if they were less intelligent than yourself.
Somebody who is easily offended by matters related to sex and nudity.
Done as a matter of duty or custom; without thought, attention or genuine feeling; done routinely.
a system for sending message using flags.
Second to last in a sequence.
Belonging to a much earlier period; no longer useful or efficient.
Developed, especially mentally at an usually early age. It also describes a plant or tree that blossoms before its leaves appear.
A favourable opinion about something or somebody.
A feeling of hostility and resentment.
Range of resources that somebody has.
The act or practice of eating and drinking to excess.(One of the seven deadly sins).
Presenting the appearance, or giving the impression, of somebody who has something to hide; shifty.
Considered wrong or unacceptable by prevailing social customs; illegal.
Showing a lack of seriousness that is thought inappropriate.
Pleasing in appearance.
A member of a West Germanic people; a white speaker of English as a first language.
To destroy something so that nothing remains; destroy utterly.
To make somebody feel belittled or degraded, or t behave in a way that lowers your sense of self-esteem.
The collective body of Jewish teachings. Jewish bible.
A shawl with ritually knotted fringe at each of the four corners traditionally worn by Jewish males.
Deliberate treachery or deceit.
To be restrained by a pair of metals rings around the wrists attached together by chain.
Easygoing; good-natured; friendly.
A flirtatious woman.
Too submissive or eager to follow the wishes of others.
Inclined to complain or find fault; whining.
Having or intending to arouse an unwholesome interest in sexual matters.
Something surprising or unexpected that happens by accident.
Marked by a vulgar display of wealth and success designed to impress people; rich and showy.
A feeling of close friendship and trust among a group of people.
Relevant to the matters being considered.
The way in which a process or event develops over a period of time.
Overly or tearfully sentimental, especially because affected by alcohol.
Not expressing anything clearly and thus hard to interpret; mysterious.
A mix of something, an assortment of things (French).
Impossible to see, hear, smell, etc.; inconspicuous.
Alike; similar. Consisting of all the same parts.
Not able to be corrected, made better, improved.
Absorb and integrate, take in and understand.
Using your own will
Brave and heroic.
Lack of energy, state of fatigue.
Shed feathers, hair, skin, etc.
Looks fancy but is actually poor quality/cheap; gaudy.
False or distorted impression of something.
doing nothing, remaining unchanged.
skilful in using hands or mind.
Practice of restraining yourself from doing something.
Larger or more generous than necessary.
Mocking or cynical.
Circle of police officers keeping people away from something (area or building).
Reserved or uncommunicative; shy.
Object (usually ring or necklace) thought to have magical properties. Brings good luck.