Vocabulary Terms for A Separate Peace



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Chapter 1              Chapter 2              Chapter 3              Chapter 4              Chapter 5


Chapter 6              Chapter 7              Chapter 8              Chapter 9              Chapter 10


Chapter 11            Chapter 12            Chapter 13           







Chapter One:


sedate, perpendicular, strait-laced, varnish, preservation, tacit, vibrantly, considerate, clarity, unhinged, accompaniment, modernizations, capacious, forbidding, elegant, cupola, convalescence, asserted, “contentious harmony,” ell, ramshackle, salient, forlorn, enormous, detectable, trudge, bleakly, artillery, pigmies, intimidating, equivalent, hypnotist, cinch, smirk, droll, protruding, sarcastically, prodigious, inveigle, groveling, accelerated, consternation, rhetorically, insulated, cordial, penetrating, reverberant, inanimate, seigneurs, serenely, matriarchal, genially, deigning, counterattack, extrasensory, collaborator, intelligible.


Chapter Two:


scatterbrained, eloquence, sternness, novel, momentarily, unregulated, “draftable,” modifying, chronic, uncoil, tolerance, commendable, ignorance, truant, indulgent, preoccupied, clamoring, emblem, envying, conservatory, barbaric, teetering, inane, temperamental, guillotine, illogical, indignant, conniver, anonymous.


Chapter Three:


abstractedly, venerable, entrenched, institution, catacomb, secret societies, initiate, perilous, inspiration, anarchy, haphazard, dictates, maneuverability, strait jacket, anguish, calisthenics, infiltrated, cordial, optimistically, sensually, improvised, insidious, shuttlecock, contaminated, distastefully, “blitzkrieg baseball,” adversaries, disentangled, perimeter, unconsciously, mass hypnotism, formidable, sensationally, fragments, unpatriotic, prevailing, tremendous, loyalty, preparatory, stance, dominating, subdued, inebriating, glamour, mediocre, outrageous, forbidden, expulsion, entertained, conventional, ceremoniously, accumulating, adventurous, intoxicated, honky-tonks, monologue.    


Chapter Four:


gorgeous, fanfare, mordantly, Lazarus, valedictorian, curlicue, discern, detonation, amid, devastation, despairingly, obliterated, solace, sustaining, enmity, bleakly, deliberately, insistence, diversions, calculated, rivalry, exceptional, genuineness, fascinated, indiscriminately, scholastically, slouched, philosophical, comprehension, singularity, bouts, redoubled, treachery, affection, effulgence, paganism, intolerable, splendors, half-denuded, gaunt, elaborate, resignation, disapprovingly, dimensions, loitering, exuberantly, listlessly, undulation.


Chapter Five:


cordovan, nobleman, grandee, aristocrat, triumphant, recessional, haltingly, reverberating, denounce, amiably, infirmary, amputate, ajar, transfixed, threshold, diminished, visionary, flinched, delirious, formulating, commandment, Decalogue, competitors, ludicrous, irresolutely, reverie, erratic, prestige, dismal, invalid, upholstered, compromise, righteous.


Chapter Six:


stopgap, sultriness, apse, tedious, ceaseless, speculation, seersucker, imposter, continuity, keynote, truancy, wayward, vindicated, idiosyncratic, eccentric, emissaries, ordinarily, exaltation, transfigured, compensations, aligned, immersions, transcended, infinitesimal, unimaginable, turbid, extremities, sinecure, bantam, indignant, conviction, assertiveness, automaton, systematically, humiliations, sympathized, goaded, egotism, arrogance, ignorant, maimed, realization, catapulted, dousing, skirmish, clammily, squall, fragile, conceal, stealthily, cloudburst, mishap, dispensation, deliverance, dismissingly, contraption, favorable, stuttering, dumfoundment, grimacing, obsessed, stupefaction, incoherent.


Chapter Seven:


beaming, preparatory, gabardine, idiosyncratic, derision, solitary, genially, confidingly, congratulating, impinge, grudged, efficiency, extroverts, mutilated, insinuating, rankest, fratricide, galvanized, arsenic, contretemps, conspiratorial, obscene, implausibility, reconstruct, pried, insinuated, theatrically, quadrangle, emphatically, paralyzed, differentiate, tentative, improbable, burlesque, locomotion, inquiring, interference, toiling, drab, immobilized, unvarying, recruits, elite, converging, dispiritedly, enlistment, futility, elaborated, contemptuously, sabotage, interned, rhythmically, feebly, mystification, elaborately, ironies, misbegotten, decisive, impulsively, unexplainable, conventional, dexterity, virtuoso, khaki, advantageous, reservations, unsentimental, zestfully, illuminating, encumbrance, provocation. 


Chapter Eight:


indignant, clodhoppers, absorption, topical, ambiguously, invalid, accenting, sacrifice, unselfishness, luxury, rhetorical questions, overindignant, veered, catastrophic, insinuations, senatorial, moccasins, aggressively, Elliot Roosevelt, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Yellow Peril, appalled, flu epidemic, inevitable, abbreviation, congealed, bequest, peculiar, opulent, sobriety, reticent, adornment, permissible, extravaganza, Pompadour, splendor, chandeliers, bric-a-brac, vençal, rococo, treacherous, whimsical, gaits, ambles, waddles, exertion, phantom, conjugating, involuntary, tremors, aphorisms, pungent, predominated, paraffin, liniment, preeminently, poignance, descent, pivoted, Roaring Twenties, Prohibition, grotesque, noncommittal, sustenance, self-deprivation, patriarchal, circuits, rackingly, cranium, exerting, accession, buoyed, oppressed, entanglements, abashed, sententiousness, Waterloo, gullible.


Chapter Nine:


vagaries, herringboned, earnestly, perishes, queried, unemphatically, liaison, humblest, novelty, undernourished, vitality, conqueror, desolation, recedes, enfeebled, melodic, decisive, sequence, withdrawals, undergone, multifariously, civilian, underprivileged, good Samaritan, confraternity, baritone, irresponsibility, discretionary fund, benevolent, garrison, disillusioned, nonfunctional, brooding, rebel, cider, appendicitis, illegal, competitiveness, superhuman, exertions, insistence, duress, proviso, dignity, cacophony, obliging, considerate, accolade, stampede, cataloguing, invulnerability, perceptibly, mesmerized, vaguely, straddling, perimeter, scramble, contenders, pulsate, hilarity, receding, inflammable, enlightenment, marring, demonstration, choreography of peace, decathlon, abstraction of speed, egotism, conjured, surpass, liberation, encroachments, concocted, momentary, illusory, hilariously.



Chapter Ten:


monotonous, ricochet, culminate, outmoded, underpopulated, suicidally-defended, holocaust, draughty, decipher, indestructibly, aesthete, angularity, preliminaries, involuntary, fervently, irrelevant, superficial, furlough, desertion, querulous, psycho, Section Eight Discharge, savage, objectively, abundant, aflame, modulated, amounted, patchwork, splendor, illusion, exaggerated, rejoinder, speculatively, exposure, despairing, toiling, irregular, blotches, billowed, Mess Hall, amputation.


Chapter Eleven:


Olympian, primevally, approximately, terminus, peninsula, austere, inveigled, preposterous, dramatically, urgent, pantomime, tacit, offhand, ammunition, engulfed, vitality, corduroy, veered, loyalties, generalship, eunuch, Hitler Youth, barefaced lie, infantile, momentum, deluded, ironic, fantasies, systematically, corralled, civilian, strained hospitality, latent, awkward, fortitude, alliance, self-preserving, vestibule, indiscriminately, wafted, tempo, incredulously, involuntarily, ruefully, gigantic, binge, parson, analyst, antics, cohorts, culminating, flourish, balustrade, masquerade, perplexed, torpidly, opaque, anonymous, theatrical, acoustics, surmise, urbane,  semiserious, constricted, self-evident, inevitable, timbre, collective, assent, contemptuous, Justice incarnate, obstinate, competitive, inquiring, exasperated, reluctantly, deranged, infraction, indecisive, elaborately, subsided, guileful, implicate.


Chapter Twelve:


illumination, reverberance, conscious, presence of mind, foyer, stricken pontiff, desolating, incongruity, irreconcilably, conversationally, receded, materialized, obedience, idly, monotonously, maladjustments, constellation, differentiated, expulsion, decrepit Devon endeavor, exhaustedly, erratic, laboriously, undulations, bespoke, thronging, epic, grandeur, superficial, impervious, figment, spellbound, inevitable, mishaps, accelerating, animosity, exhilaration, parody, languid, precariously, detachment, enlightened, anesthesia, alluded, pungent, opponent, executed, modified, patrolling, habitually, amid, unreasonably, incomprehensible, penetrated.


Chapter Thirteen:     


fabled, musterings, predecessors, alumnus, benefactress, scholasticism, architecturally, bellicose-looking, consultation, reprieve, cogitation, urgency, cordiality, portliness, foxhole, amphibious, prosperous, aroma, apologetically, shortcomings, malarkey, disillusionment, unrecognizable, punctuated, morale, reservations, assimilate, overwhelmingly, simplicity, vigor, confidence, serene, harmonious, unity, forlornly, regimentation, qualms, Maginot Lines.