Harrison Bergeron Vocabulary Flashcards

Harrison Bergeron Vocabulary Flashcards
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Delicacy

Pronunciation: del-i-kuh-see

Definition: Careful or precise in motion

Example: … snapped off her physical handicaps with marvelous delicacy.

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Harness

Pronunciation: hahr-nis

Definition: Set of straps to bind something to a body or hold a body in a set position

Example: Harrison tore the straps of his handicap harness like wet tissue paper…

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Symmetry

Pronunciation: sim-i-tree

Definition: Equal or balanced arrangement

Example: Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people…

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Glimmer

Pronunciation: glim-er

Definition: A twinkle of light or expression of bright, happy thoughts

Example: He began to think glimmeringly about his abnormal son who was now in jail…

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Consternation

Pronunciation: kon-ster-ney-shuh n

Definition: Frustration or anger caused by a sudden disappointment

Example: Screams and barking cries of consternation came from the television set.

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Cower

Pronunciation: kou-er

Definition: Hiding or shrinking away from fear of mortal danger

Example: … cowered on their knees before him, expecting to die.

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Hindrance

Pronunciation: hin-druh ns

Definition: A barrier placed to slow progress of motion

Example: He had outgrown hindrances faster than the H-G men could think them up.

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Luminous

Pronunciation: loo-muh-nuh s

Definition: brilliant with light or quality

Example: Her voice was a warm, luminous, timeless melody.

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Wince

Pronunciation: wins

Definition: Recoiling or twitching from a sudden, sharp pain

Example: George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas.

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Vigilance

Pronunciation: vij-uh-luh ns

Definition: Diligently keeping watch without interruption

Example: George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas.

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Flashcard Content Overview

In Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut crafts a masterpiece of early, dystopian, science fiction. Addressing social issues of concern to the early 1960s, when Vonnegut wrote the story, the author projects his concerns on a future where the idea of perfection is a nightmarish realm of handicapping anyone possessing above average skill or ability. True, no one is treated as less than another, but through invasive control, no one is allowed to explore exceptional potential. The twenty terms in this set of flashcards will introduce you to obscure or difficult terms within the story. If you want to read aloud, you will find a handy pronunciation guide along with definitions and examples directly from the story. Perhaps you will be inspired by Harrison's actions to explore your own potential.

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Vigilance

Pronunciation: vij-uh-luh ns

Definition: Diligently keeping watch without interruption

Example: George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas.

Wince

Pronunciation: wins

Definition: Recoiling or twitching from a sudden, sharp pain

Example: George winced. So did two out of the eight ballerinas.

Luminous

Pronunciation: loo-muh-nuh s

Definition: brilliant with light or quality

Example: Her voice was a warm, luminous, timeless melody.

Hindrance

Pronunciation: hin-druh ns

Definition: A barrier placed to slow progress of motion

Example: He had outgrown hindrances faster than the H-G men could think them up.

Cower

Pronunciation: kou-er

Definition: Hiding or shrinking away from fear of mortal danger

Example: … cowered on their knees before him, expecting to die.

Consternation

Pronunciation: kon-ster-ney-shuh n

Definition: Frustration or anger caused by a sudden disappointment

Example: Screams and barking cries of consternation came from the television set.

Glimmer

Pronunciation: glim-er

Definition: A twinkle of light or expression of bright, happy thoughts

Example: He began to think glimmeringly about his abnormal son who was now in jail…

Symmetry

Pronunciation: sim-i-tree

Definition: Equal or balanced arrangement

Example: Ordinarily, there was a certain symmetry, a military neatness to the handicaps issued to strong people…

Harness

Pronunciation: hahr-nis

Definition: Set of straps to bind something to a body or hold a body in a set position

Example: Harrison tore the straps of his handicap harness like wet tissue paper…

Delicacy

Pronunciation: del-i-kuh-see

Definition: Careful or precise in motion

Example: … snapped off her physical handicaps with marvelous delicacy.

Shriek

Pronunciation: shreek

Definition: High-pitched scream or whine

Example: There was the shriek of a door being torn from its hinges.

Bellow

Pronunciation: bel-oh

Definition: Loud, powerful, and deep yell

Example: 'Even as I stand here' he bellowed, 'crippled, hobbled, sickened…'

Grave

Pronunciation: greyv

Definition: Very serious and worrying

Example: … listened gravely, as though synchronizing their heartbeats with it.

Reel

Pronunciation: reel

Definition: Spin or swoon

Example: They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.

Flounce

Pronunciation: flouns

Definition: Move with bouncing or grandly sweeping gestures

Example: They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.

Caper

Pronunciation: kay-per

Definition: Moving happily with dancing or skipping actions

Example: They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.

Gambol

Pronunciation: gam-buh l

Definition: Jumping around with happiness

Example: They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.

Rivet

Pronunciation: riv-it

Definition: to fasten by extreme force and, at times, heat

Example: There was the sound of a riveting gun in his head.

Vague

Pronunciation: veyg

Definition: Unclear or only partially brought into focus or clarity

Example: George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn't be handicapped.

Envious

Pronunciation: en-vee-uh s

Definition: Bitterly resenting another's good fortune, possessions, or personal attributes

Example: '… all the different sounds,' said Hazel, a little envious.

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