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Desolate
barren and abandoned
unshod
not having or wearing shoes or a shoe
maize
corn; tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears
laboriously
with difficulty
apartheid
an official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and econimic discrimination against nonwhites
Afrikaans
a language that developed from 17th-century Dutch and is an official language of South Africa
kloof
a canyon or ravine
veld
African grasslands; any of the open graving areas of southern Africa
Zulu
a member of a Bantu people of southeast Africa, primarily inhabiting northeast Natal porvince in South Africa; the Nguni language of this people
Tixo
Great Spirit or God
umfundisi
pastor
bracken
a widespread, often weedy fern having large, triangular, compound fronds and often forming dense thickets
forlorn
appearting sad or lonely because deserted or abandoned
Arum
any plant that has small enclosed flowers
Dell
a small secluded wooded valley
wattle
a construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds, or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs
squatter
one who settles on unoccupied land without legal claim
agapanthus
African Lily with violet funnel-shaped flowers
ponder
to reflect, consider, or think deeply with thoroughness and care
hooligan
a memver of a street gang
dongas
erosion channels; steep banked ravines
kaffir
originally an Arabic word meaning "heathen"; later a derogatory Afrikaans term for an dark-skinned person
robot
traffic signal
habitations
dwelling or living places
constraint
holding back of feelings
warder
a prison guard
cunning
artful subtleness and deceptiveness
contrive
to plan with cleverness or ingeuity; to plan with evil
dwindle
to become gradually less until little remains
vagabond
a person without a permanent home who moves from place to place; wanderer
transfigure
to alter the outward appearance of; transform
symposium
a meeting or conference for discussion of a topic. especially one in which the participants form an audience and make presentations
hessian
burlap; A strong, coarsely woven cloth used to make bags
petrol
gas
amendment
improvement
dejection
deep sadness
congenial
friendly, easy to get along with
indesposition
illness
ineluctable
inevitable
exploitation
selfish or unfair use
absolve
to pronounce clear of guilt or blame
assessor
an official who evaluats property for taxation; an assistant to a judge or magistrastate
implicate
to involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly
reverie
dreamlike state
incorruptible
honest; impossible to corrupt
kraal
an animal pen or other fenced enclosure
umnumzana
sir
tops
high country; hilltops
jubilant
joyous
expedient
convenient; practical
smote
past tense of smite; to strike; inflict a heavy blow on
resurgent
tending to rise again
reproach
to rebuke; to express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in
cogently
convincingly
complicity
partnership in crime; accomplice
subsidize
to assist or support with financial assistance given by one person or government to another
callous
emotionally hardened; unfeeling
indiscriminate
not making or based on careful distinctions; unselective
unscrupulous
oblibious to or contemptuous of what is right or honorable
inkosikazi
mistress
uSmith
Mr. Smith
escarpment
steep cliff
respite
a period of relief
flag
to weaken; to droop
nostalgia
a wistful feeling
wrest
to take by force or persistence
doggedly
in a determined way
absolution
forgiveness of sins
transmute
to change; to transform
tremulous
trembling, quivering, or shaking; fearful
transfix
to render motionless, as with terror, amazement, or awe
mumblety-peg
a game in which players toss a jackknife in various prescribed ways, with the object being to make the blade stick firmly into the ground
mealies
corn or cronmeal, the dietarty staple
inkosi
chief
inkosana
little master