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Sentinel
Guard; sentry
Deference
Respect
Perilous
Dangerous
Encompassed
Surrounded; enclosed
Oscillation
Regular back-and-forth movement
Pivotal
Central; acting as a point around which other things turn
Appalling
Frightful
Gyration
Circular movement; whirling
Abrasion
Scrape
Malign
Harmful; evil
Dispositions
Natures; characters
Allegiance
Loyalty
Caliber
Quality or ability
Wantonly
Carelessly, often with ill will
Transition
Passage from one condition, form, or stage to another
Scrupled
Hesitated because of feelings of guilt
Appease
Satisfy; pacify
Avaricious
Greedy
Atrocious
Evil; very bad
Sordid
Dirty; cheap; shameful
Judicious
Cautious; wise
Appreciable
Measurable
Veritable
Genuine; true
Acute
Keen; sharp
Laborious
Difficult; involving much hard work
Reveling
Taking pleasure
Fastidious
Difficult to please; critical
Preposterous
Ridiculous
Gaudy
Showy but lacking in good taste
Poignant
Emotionally moving
Hysteria
Uncontrolled excitement
Atrocity
Horrible; brutal
Apocryphal
Of questionable authority; false
Alliances
Close associations entered into for mutual benefit
Intrigue
Scheming; plotting
Elation
Celebration
Perturbation
Feeling of alarm or agitation
Malicious
Intentionally hurtful
Reserve
Self-restraint
Petulance
Irritability; impatience
Mirth
Joyfulness
Divergence
Variance; difference
Turbulence
Wild disorder
Ludicrous
Laughable; absurd
Plaintive
Expressing sadness
Furtive
Stealthy; hidden
Rigorous
Precise; severe
Impassive
Controlled; not revealing any emotions
Reverberated
Resounded; re-echoed
Resonance
Capacity to intensify sound
Subsided
Lessened
Inexplicable
Unable to be explained
Inert
Motionless
Punctures
Small holes
Diminutive
Very small; tiny
Persistent
Continuing
Illumined
Lighted up
Intent
Purposeful
Appointed
Assigned
Solemn
Serious
Tactful
Skilled in saying the right thing
Clammy
Cold and damp
Plague
Annoy
Vanity
Excessive pride
Jilted
Rejected (as a lover)
Disputed
Contested
Nimbus
Aura; halo
Dwindled
Diminished
Amble
Leisurely pace
Irked
Annoyed; irritated
Jackleg
Amateur; someone not correctly trained.
Morose
Gloomy
Rued
Regretted
Guffawing
Like a loud burst of laughter
Omniscient point of view
Point of view in which the narrator seems to know everything about all the characters or events
Objective point of view
Point of view in which the narrator reports without comment, much as a camera would record a scene
Third-person limited point of view
Point of view in which the narrator zooms in on the thoughts and feelings of a single character
Satire
Uses humor to critique people or institutions with the intention of improving them
Exaggeration
Overstating something to make it look ridiculous
Irony
Stating the opposite of what’s really meant
Motivation
The reason for a character’s actions
Connotations
The associations and emotional overtones that have become attached to a word or phrase, in addition to its strict dictionary definition
Imagery
Language that creates vivid sense impressions and suggests emotional states
Dramatic Monologue
A poem in which a character speaks directly to one or more listeners
Protagonist
The central character of a work of literature
Antihero
Contrasts with the hero archetype, or model, which appears over and over again in the traditional literature of many cultures
Inference
An educated guess based on facts presented in the text and on your own life experience
Theme
The truth about life that gives meaning to a story
Stream of consciousness
Technique that gives the reader the impression that they are listening in on the main character’s thoughts and memories as they flow randomly through that person’s mind
Ambiguity
The quality of being open to two or more, sometimes conflicting interpretations
Rhythm
The alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of prose or poetry
Mood
The overall feeling created in a piece of writing
Repetition
The recurrence of certain sounds, words, phrases, or lines in a poem to achieve rhythmic or emotional effects
Refrain
A repeated line in a poem used to achieve rhythmic or emotional effects
Epithet
A descriptive word or phrase that is frequently used to characterize a person or a thing