Flashcards in Vocab. - The Catcher in the Rye Deck (34):
To exclude; to make an outcast
Holden felt like he was ostracized by the people he encountered in everyday life.
Required; mandatory; obligatory
Holden did not follow the compulsory requirements needed to retain enrollment at Pencey Prep.
Getting pleasure from causing pain
Holden can be said as not so much of a sadistic person, since he only violently retaliates when already provoked physically.
Humorously sarcastic or mocking
It was ironical when Holden accused others of being phony, when he himself did not always be himself in front of people.
A person who behaves in ways intended to attract attention or show-off
Holden tried to act like an exhibitionist in front of Stradlater, through his joking actions about another person.
Conscienceless; unaffected by principles of right and wrong
Holden often acted in an unscrupulous way, when he made decisions without thinking beforehand about their consequences.
Peace-lover; someone opposed to violence
Holden stated that he was a pacifist, and this is seen when he is not easily prone to violence, except when he is greatly offended.
Guided by principle; careful and hardworking
Holden is the exact opposite of a conscientious person, not excelling in his academics and never looking at the results of his actions.
In complete agreement
Holden and one of the nuns that he was talking to both reached a unanimous agreement that Romeo and Juliet was a good piece of literature.
With concealed identity
Holden made an incognito trip to New York when escaping from Pencey Prep.
Aside from his general physical appearance, Ackley was very much a putrid person, inside and out.
The ability to receive or contain; the ability to perform
Holden possessed the capacity to learn and do well, but he did not acknowledge it within him.
Holden lived with a very nonchalant lifestyle, which would often be excessive in front of other people.
People who attended Pencey Prep were not of bourgeois families, since it was an "esteemed" school.
Indifferent or bored; unimpressed
Holden had a blasé attitude to people who he did not like.
The quality of being less than another
Holden often states in the novel that other people he knew seemed like they had inferiority complexes.
Having the manners, values, or qualities associated with the ruling class or nobility
Holden had an aristocratic background with his family, yet did not act as such and instead directly contrasted with his wealthy family.
Noisily jolly or rowdy
Holden sometimes wished not to be boisterous because of his age and not gather attention.
A person, ideas, tastes, manners, etc. altered by education and experience as to be worldly and wise
The sophisticated life led by Holden caused him to meet with old friends, a prostitute, and even his sister.
A condition of having bad smelling breath
Holden states in the novel that Ackley reeked of halitosis due to bad personal hygiene.
Tending to increase knowledge
Mr. Spencer tried to have an enlightening conversation with Holden, but instead, Holden ignored the messages Mr.
Spencer was trying to convey to him
Movement away from the central or main point
Holden, the narrator, often has many digressions when thinking during the story.
Related to teaching
Holden encountered many pedagogical moments in his journey that helped him learn to be a better person.
Inciting, stimulating, irritating
Holden talks about religion during the story, which can be a provocative subject among many people and their beliefs.
There is an innumerable amount of times where Holden strays off the main point of what he was talking about and instead speaks about something completely different.
Ackley is said to have a falsetto laugh according to Holden in the book.
Sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature
Holden himself is not a psychic person, but he does get feelings about events that occur in his life.
Holden received verification of his expulsion before his parents.
Of little importance
Holden believed that his education and becoming a "phony" adult was immaterial.
There were many cliques at Pencey Prep, and Holden hated each and every one of them.
Holden viewed Mr. Spencer's speech to him as inane.
Extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous
Holden had a harrowing experience when he was being touched by Mr. Antolini when he was sleeping.
Given or felt by each toward the other
Holden and his sister had a reciprocal relationship in which the two were close to each other.