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The Most Dangerous Game Vocabulary Flashcards

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Placid
Calm, difficult to disturb. - The lake's placid waters perfectly reflected the blue sky arching overhead.
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Peril
Danger. - Even though swimming with sharks involves great peril, people want to do it in spite of the risk involved.
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Palpable
Easily noticed. - After she told an offensive joke, the tension in the air was palpable.
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Palatial
Large and stately, like a palace. - While vacationing in Miami, we were in awe of the palatial oceanfront mansions; they must be worth millions.
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Medieval
Of or relating to the Middle Ages, a period of time lasting from the 5th century to the 15th century.
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Invariably
With extreme predictability. - Like clockwork, the student invariably ran into class late and provided some excuse for his tardiness.
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Imprudent
Unwise. - I told my roommate it was imprudent to party the night before the final exam, but he didn't listen and ended up failing the test.
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Futile
Pointless. - After begging his parents for days to let him go to the concert with his friends, John realized his efforts were futile and gave up.
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Flounder
To struggle with great difficulty. - Someone who doesn't know how to swim might flounder in the water, splashing and kicking while trying to stay afloat.
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Feudal
Of or relating to feudalism, a system during the Middle Ages in which lords were the sole property holders, and those who lived on the land were subject to the lords.
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Ennui
A state of boredom and disinterest. - After several hours of reviewing material for her chemistry test, she was overcome with ennui and wished she could go to her friend's party instead.
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Elude
To escape. - By wearing an elaborate disguise, the thief was able to elude authorities and flee the country.
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Debacle
A sudden collapse. - After the debacle caused by the military coup of the elected government, the country's economy was thrown into turmoil.
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Chateau
A large country estate, usually in France. - The famous couple purchased a French chateau to live in, so they could escape the cameras constantly following them in Hollywood.
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Braggart
An overly proud and boastful person. - Jason was often accused of being a braggart, because he'd go on and on about how he had straight As but never studied.
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Bewilderment
A state of confusion. - The student's presentation left his classmates in a state of bewilderment, because it had nothing to do with the assigned topic.
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Ardent
Zealous or fierce. - The ardent football fans had been season ticket holders for decades, and attended every game, even when they had to sit in rain and snow.
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Apprehensive
Fearful of harm. - Someone who suffered a childhood trauma might be naturally apprehensive, expecting the worst in any situation.
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Flashcard Content Overview

Richard Connell's ''The Most Dangerous Game,'' published in 1924, is one of the most frequently assigned readings in English classes. Word choice is crucial for any piece of writing, and this short story is no exception. Use this flashcard set to review the vocabulary words Connell chose to craft his tale of man versus man. Because of its timeless themes and unique plot--one that would be welcome even in a modern Hollywood blockbuster--the story will undoubtedly continue to be read by students for many years to come.

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Apprehensive
Fearful of harm. - Someone who suffered a childhood trauma might be naturally apprehensive, expecting the worst in any situation.
Ardent
Zealous or fierce. - The ardent football fans had been season ticket holders for decades, and attended every game, even when they had to sit in rain and snow.
Bewilderment
A state of confusion. - The student's presentation left his classmates in a state of bewilderment, because it had nothing to do with the assigned topic.
Braggart
An overly proud and boastful person. - Jason was often accused of being a braggart, because he'd go on and on about how he had straight As but never studied.
Chateau
A large country estate, usually in France. - The famous couple purchased a French chateau to live in, so they could escape the cameras constantly following them in Hollywood.
Debacle
A sudden collapse. - After the debacle caused by the military coup of the elected government, the country's economy was thrown into turmoil.
Elude
To escape. - By wearing an elaborate disguise, the thief was able to elude authorities and flee the country.
Ennui
A state of boredom and disinterest. - After several hours of reviewing material for her chemistry test, she was overcome with ennui and wished she could go to her friend's party instead.
Feudal
Of or relating to feudalism, a system during the Middle Ages in which lords were the sole property holders, and those who lived on the land were subject to the lords.
Flounder
To struggle with great difficulty. - Someone who doesn't know how to swim might flounder in the water, splashing and kicking while trying to stay afloat.
Futile
Pointless. - After begging his parents for days to let him go to the concert with his friends, John realized his efforts were futile and gave up.
Imprudent
Unwise. - I told my roommate it was imprudent to party the night before the final exam, but he didn't listen and ended up failing the test.
Invariably
With extreme predictability. - Like clockwork, the student invariably ran into class late and provided some excuse for his tardiness.
Medieval
Of or relating to the Middle Ages, a period of time lasting from the 5th century to the 15th century.
Palatial
Large and stately, like a palace. - While vacationing in Miami, we were in awe of the palatial oceanfront mansions; they must be worth millions.
Palpable
Easily noticed. - After she told an offensive joke, the tension in the air was palpable.
Peril
Danger. - Even though swimming with sharks involves great peril, people want to do it in spite of the risk involved.
Placid
Calm, difficult to disturb. - The lake's placid waters perfectly reflected the blue sky arching overhead.
Precariously
Tentatively or cautiously. - He precariously reached out his hand to pet the dog--maybe it didn't like people.
Protruding
Sticking out beyond its usual boundary. - When he broke his leg, the bone protruding through the skin indicated a severe injury.
Pungent
Strong and sharp, typically used to describe an odor. - The flowers' smell was so pungent that it permeated the room and made me plug my nose.
Refectory
A dining hall, especially for monks or college students. - When the monks convened for dinner, the refectory where they ate was completely still, due to their vows of silence.
Sallow
Pale and unhealthy in appearance. - Sometimes Benji faked illness to skip school, but that morning, his mother could tell from his sallow skin that he really was sick.
Scruples
Ethical or moral principles. - Although the company had stolen millions from its customers, the CEO had zero scruples about taking a multimillion-dollar retirement package.
Solicitous
Anxious or alarmed. - If you're afraid of the dark and experience a power outage in the middle of the night, you might feel solicitous.
Surmount
To overcome. - In spite of his humble upbringing, the young man would surmount every obstacle and eventually earn a Ph.D. from a prestigious university.
Tangible
Able to be felt. - Working on a project for days without any tangible outcomes disappointed the research team; they were hoping their experiment would succeed.
Thicket
A large growth of plants, such as bushes. - People were always trying to peer through the thicket surrounding the reclusive millionaire's home, hoping for a glimpse of him.
Uncanny
Highly unlikely or unusual. - The twin sisters had their babies on the same day in the same hospital, a coincidence the doctor deemed uncanny.
Venerable
Highly respected. - Kings and queens, presidents, and others in authority are often considered venerable because people treat them with tremendous reverence.
Anguish
Extreme suffering. - After an earthquake leveled the town, the media coverage showed pictures of people in extreme anguish over their lost homes, possessions, and loved ones.
Superstition
An irrational belief, often attached to an object. - During the team's winning streak, a superstition emerged: everyone had to wear the same socks for every game, or else they'd lose.
Sensuous
Appealing to the senses. - The yoga studio provided a truly sensuous experience, with soft lighting, lavender candles, and lilting piano music.
Baronial
Relating to barons, the lowest nobles in the feudal system. - While visiting Europe, we saw numerous baronial estates, which weren't as large as the castles, but were still impressive.
Droll
Dryly humorous. - British humor is often described as more droll than American humor; Brits rely more on word play and irony than physical antics and slapstick.
Naive
Inexperienced or foolishly trusting. - His naive trust led to his financial ruin, when the seemingly earnest con man stole all of his money.
Righteous
Morally superior. - Many people donate money to organizations that support righteous causes, like human rights and environmental conservation.

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