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Flashcards in Vocabulary Group 9 and 10 Deck (20):
1

accolade

Tribute; honor; praise

Both the Montagues and Capulets believed that marriage between their two families would not be a source of any accolade.

2

bolster

Support; prop up

Mattie always tried to bolster Ethan's feelings whenever he was down.

3

cryptic

Puzzling; enigmatic

Ethan Frome desired for his letter to Zeena to remain cryptic, keeping it away from everyone.

4

ephemeral

Short lived

Romeo and Juliet experienced quite the ephemeral love, starting at the time they met until their deaths.

5

hedonist

A pleasure seeker

Holden Caulfield was a hedonist, living in the moment and going to different places in order to entertain himself.

6

lamentation

Expression of regret or sorrow

With news of Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment, Juliet expressed a lamentation seemingly for Tybalt, yet it was actually for Romeo.

7

obliterate

Destroy; demolish; eradicate

Shylock's reputation was obliterated by Antonio, and he lost everything.

8

plummet

Fall suddenly and steeply

Mattie Silver and Ethan Frome attempted suicide by plummeting into the elm tree by way of sled, yet they lived.

9

resolution

Determination

Holden's resolution to not grow up and be "phony" was often challenged and tested by mature situations.

10

tentative

Not certain

Ethan Frome was very tentative in his internal conflict between his conscience and his passion, always changing mindsets.

11

curtail

Cut short

Romeo and Juliet's love was curtailed by their own families, due to their hatred of each other.

12

acquiesce

To agree to; give in to

Ethan acquiesced to Mattie's desire for them to commit suicide together, allowing his personal desires to overcome his judgement.

13

bombast

Arrogant, pompous language

Bombast is something that Holden always used, being a man of many words and profane speech.

14

heed

Listen to

The Capulets would never heed to their rivals, the Montagues.

15

epicure

Someone who appreciates good food and drink

Holden is not an epicure, for he does not partake in neither gourmet foods nor lavish dishes.

16

lampoon

Ridicule; spoof

The Montagues and Capulets most likely made lampoons about each other, since they clashed often.

17

oblivious

Totally unaware

Romeo and Juliet were very much oblivious to the consequences of their reckless, early marriage.

18

podium

Raised platform

Portia is behind a podium when speaking during the court

19

resonant

Echoing

The shouts of the feuding Montagues and Capulets in Verona's streets were resonant through the city.

20

tenuous

Flimsy; not solid

Ethan and Zeena had a tenuous marriage that ended up being destroyed by Zeena's coldness to Ethan and Mattie's coming to help.