Great Expectations Vocabulary

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A collection of vocabulary from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Page number references are from the Bantam Classics pocket book edition (ISBN: 0-553-21342-3). Page numbers are given with decimal points, where the decimal point indicates approximate placement of the word on the page. For example, the page number "53.9" means that the word can be found on page 53 toward the very bottom, while the page number "197.4" means that the word is just before the center of the page. Happy reading and learning!
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  1. gibbet
    gib·bet   

    page 5.2

    • [jib-it]
    • noun, verb,
    • -bet·ed, -bet·ing.

    • –noun
    • 1. a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.

    • –verb (used with object)
    • 2. to hang on a gibbet.
    • 3. to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
    • 4. to hold up to public scorn.

    Origin: 1175–1225; ME < OF gibet (earlier, staff or cudgel), dim. of gibe staff, club

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gibbet
  2. connubial
    con·nu·bi·al 

    page 7.5  

    [kuh-noo-bee-uhl, -nyoo-]

    • –adjective
    • of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal: connubial love.

    Origin: 1650–60; < ML connūbiālis, L cōnūbiālis, equiv. to cōnūbi ( um ) ( cō- co- + nūb ( āre ) to marry + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1—

    • Related forms
    • con·nu·bi·al·i·ty, noun
    • con·nu·bi·al·ly, adverb
    • non·con·nu·bi·al, adjective
    • non·con·nu·bi·al·ly, adverb
    • non·con·nu·bi·al·i·ty, noun
    • post·con·nu·bi·al, adjective
    • pre·con·nu·bi·al, adjective

    —Synonyms nuptial, marital.

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/connubial

    rimy
  3. rimy
    rim·y   

    page 14.1

    • [rahy-mee]
    • –adjective, rim·i·er, rim·i·est.
    • covered with rime.

    Origin: bef. 1000; OE hrīmig (not recorded in ME). See "rime".

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rimy
  4. rime
    rime    

    [rahym]

    No page number. See "rimy" in this collection.

    • noun, verb,
    • rimed, rim·ing.

    • –noun
    • 1. Also called rime ice . an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles, caused by the rapid freezing of supercooled water droplets on impact with an object. Compare frost ( def. 2 ) , glaze ( def. 17 ) .

    • –verb (used with object)
    • 2. to cover with rime or hoarfrost.

    Origin: bef. 900; ME rim, OE hrīm; c. D rijm, ON hrīm

    • —Related forms:
    • rimeless, adjective

    • Related Words for: rime
    • rhyme, frost, hoar, hoarfrost

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rime
  5. ague
    a·gue   

    page 16.1

    • [ey-gyoo]
    • –noun
    • 1. Pathology . a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, marked by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.
    • 2. a fit of fever or shivering or shaking chills, accompanied by malaise, pains in the bones and joints, etc.; chill.

    Origin: 1250–1300; ME < MF, short for fievre ague acute fever < L febris acūta

    • —Related forms
    • a·gue·like, adjective

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ague
  6. imprecations
    im·pre·ca·tion   

    page 18.5

    [im-pri-key-shuhn]

    "imprecations" on page 18.5

    • –noun
    • 1. the act of imprecating; cursing.
    • 2. a curse; malediction.

    Origin: 1575–85; < L imprecātiōn- (s. of imprecātiō ), equiv. to imprecāt ( us ) ( see imprecate) + -iōn- -ion

    • Word Origin & History
    • imprecation
    • 1448, from L. imprecationem (nom. imprecatio ), from imprecatus, pp. of imprecari "invoke, pray," from in- "within" + precari "to pray, ask beg, request." "Current limited sense is characteristic of human nature." [Weekley]
    • From: Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/imprecations
  7. flounce
    flounce    

    page 20.2

    • [flouns] verb, flounced, flounc·ing,
    • noun

    • –verb (used without object)
    • 1. to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements: "The star flounced out of the studio in a rage."
    • 2. to throw the body about spasmodically; flounder.

    • –noun
    • 3. an act or instance of flouncing; a flouncing movement.
  8. penitentials
    pen·i·ten·tial   

    page 20.6

    [pen-i-ten-shuhl]

    "penitentials" on page 20.6

    • –adjective
    • 1. of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressive of penitence or repentance.

    • –noun
    • 2. a penitent.3. a book or code of canons relating to penance, its imposition, etc.

    Origin: 1500–10; < ML pēnitēntiālis, LL paenitēntiālis. See penitent, -ial

    • —Related forms
    • pen·i·ten·tial·ly, adverb
    • un·pen·i·ten·tial, adjective
    • un·pen·i·ten·tial·ly, adverb
  9. accoucheur
    ac·cou·cheur   

    page 20.6

    • [ak-oo-shur; Fr. a-koo-shœr]
    • –noun, plural -cheurs  
    • [-shurz; Fr. -shœr]
    • a person who assists during childbirth, esp. an obstetrician.

    Origin: 1750–60; < F; see accouchement, -eur
  10. contumacious
    con·tu·ma·cious

    "contumaciously" appears on 24.8

    • [kon-too-mey-shuhs, -tyoo-]
    • –adjective
    • stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

    Origin: 1590–1600; contumacy + -ous

    • —Related forms
    • con·tu·ma·cious·ly, adverb
    • con·tu·ma·cious·ness, noun
    • con·tu·mac·i·ty, noun [kon-too-mas-i-tee, -tyoo-]
    • non·con·tu·ma·cious, adjective
    • non·con·tu·ma·cious·ly, adverb
    • non·con·tu·ma·cious·ness, noun
    • un·con·tu·ma·cious, adjective
    • un·con·tu·ma·cious·ly, adverb
    • un·con·tu·ma·cious·ness, noun

    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/contumacious
  11. ablutions
    47.9
  12. farinaceous
    49.2
  13. disputatious
    53.9
  14. adamantine
    61.1
  15. caparisoned
    62.5
  16. ophthalmic
    71.2

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