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Lipsett Cheongna Dalton School English 9 Term 1: Handout 6 Vocabulary List #2
1. Aegis (n.): The protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization. a. Example: Negotiations were carried out under the aegis of the United Nations. 2. Abduct (v.): To kidnap or take by force outdated a. Example: Paris’s abduction of Helen started the Trojan War. 3. Demagogue (n.): someone who appeals to people’s prejudices a. Example: Adolf Hitler is a classic example of a demagogue. 4. Derelict (n.): abandoned or run down a. Example: When many Greeks returned from Troy, they found their farms derelict. 5. Desecrate (v.): to violate the sacredness of a thing a. Example: The Greek gods harshly punished people who desecrated their temples. 6. Divine (n.): godly, exceedingly wonderful a. Example: Athena’s assistance to Telemachus is an example of divine intervention. 7. Divisive: (adj.): Causing dissent or discord a. Example: Eris’s divisive gift set Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite against each other. 8. Dubious (adj.): Doubtful, of doubtful or uncertain quality a. Example: Eumaeus was initially dubious that Odysseus had indeed returned. 9. Duplicity (n.): Crafty dishonesty a. Example: The construction of the Trojan horse was a classic example of duplicity. 10. Dynamic (adj.): Actively changing a. Example: The situation in Ithaka on Odysseus’s return was highly dynamic. 11. Edict (n.): Order, decree, command a. Example: The king executed those who disobeyed his edicts. 12. Eloquent (adj.): Expressive, articulate, moving a. Example: The candidate’s eloquent speech helped her win the election. 13. Emaciated (adj.): Very thin, enfeebled-looking a. Example: The shipwrecked sailors were emaciated when they were rescued.
14. Enigmatic (adj.): Mystifying, cryptic, unusual a. Example: Odysseus’s behavior while disguised was highly enigmatic. 15. Expiate (v.): To make amends for, to atone a. Example: To expiate his behavior, Menelaos made a sacrifice. 16. Expedient (adj.): Advisable, advantageous, serving one’s self-interest a. Example: Odysseus made an expedient alliance with Circe. 17. Exult (v.) To rejoice a. Example: Odysseus had no time to exult upon his return to Ithaka. 18. Prowess(n.): Extraordinary ability a. Example: Odysseus demonstrated his prowess with his bow when he defeated the suitors. 19. Punitive (adj.): Involving punishment a. Example: Odysseus resolved to deal with not only the suitors, but also those who assisted them in a punitive fashion. 20. Vendetta (n.) A prolonged bitter quarrel or campaign against someone, a blood feud a. Example: Poseidon pursued a vendetta with Odysseus.