The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, Vocabulary List Chapters 47-52

The Tale of Despereaux Vocabulary List

  1. anticipate | see definition»

    to think of (something that will or might happen in the future) : expect

    "Oh, all of this is much better than I anticipated."

  2. atone | see definition»

    to do something to make up for a wrong

    But her father, to atone for what he had done, treated her like one for the rest of his days.

  3. dread | see definition»

    to fear or dislike greatly

    Despereaux saw the dark shape of a rat, that thing that he had feared and dreaded for so long, finally step out of the gloom and come to greet him.

  4. dispel | see definition»

    to make go away

    "But my actions will help to dispel this terrible myth of evil that seems to surround rats everywhere."

  5. heartily | see definition»

    with sincerity or enthusiasm

    "And I heartily doubt that you do."

  6. infringe | see definition»

    to go further than is right or fair to another : ENCROACH

    "Do not infringe on my discovery."

  7. inspiring | see definition»

    causing people to want to do or create something or to lead better lives

    "How inspiring," said Botticelli.

  8. myth | see definition»

    a story often describing the adventures of beings with more than human powers that attempts to explain mysterious events (as the changing of the seasons) or that explains a religious belief or practice

    "But my actions will help to dispel this terrible myth of evil that seems to surround rats everywhere."

  9. negotiate | see definition»

    to be successful in getting around, through, or over

    "Ha-ha, exaclty!" Botticelli laughed as he negotiated the twists and turns.

  10. surrender | see definition»

    to give up after a struggle

    "I surrender."

  11. thwart | see definition»

    to stop from happening or succeeding

    And at the end of it all, how tasty the mouse would be... seasoned with hope and tears and flour and oil and thwarted love!

  12. tremble | see definition»

    to shake without control (as from fear or cold) : SHIVER

    Despereaux held the trembling needle against Roscuro's heart.

  13. tremendous | see definition»

    astonishingly large, strong, or great

    "You will be doing me a tremendous favor."

  14. tuft | see definition»

    a small bunch of feathers, hairs, grass, etc., that grow close together

    He saw that the floor of the dungeon was littered with tufts of fur.

  15. vengeful | see definition»

    feeling or showing a desire to harm someone who has harmed you : feeling or showing a desire for vengeance

    Rats, a happy, hungry, vengeful parade of rats, their noses up in the air. sniffing, sniffing.

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