The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, Vocabulary List Chapters 7-9

The Tale of Despereaux Vocabulary List

  1. alas | see definition»

    used to express unhappiness, pity, disappointment or worry

    He was, alas, a mouse deeply in love.

  2. assure | see definition»

    to give certainty, confidence, or comfort to

    He was reading from the beginning so that he could get to the end, where the reader was assured that the knight and the fair maiden lived together happily ever after.

  3. consort | see definition»

    to spend time with as a companion : ASSOCIATE

    A mouse who consorts with humans, a mouse who would sit right at the foot of a man.

  4. deny | see definition»

    to declare not to be true

    He will hear of his sins; he will be given a chance to deny them.

  5. dismal | see definition»

    very gloomy

    When Lester, finished there was a silence dismal and deep.

  6. dismay | see definition»

    a strong feeling of being worried, disappointed, or upset

    They listened in dismay and outrage and fear.

  7. fervent | see definition»

    felt very strongly

    "Fellow mice, it is my most fervent hope that Despereaux has not spoken to these humans."

  8. heed | see definition»

    to pay attention to

    The thirteen honored mice and one Most Very Honored Head Mouse, heeded the call of Lester's drum.

  9. indisputable | see definition»

    impossible to question or doubt

    We know this to be an indisputable fact.

  10. intone | see definition»

    to say (something) in a slow and even voice

    "Something," intoned the Most Very High Honored Head Mouse, "is wrong with your son."

  11. pardon | see definition»

    forgiveness for wrong or rude behavior

    "Pardon?" said Despereaux.

  12. perfidy | see definition»

    the act of betraying someone or something : the state of not being loyal

    Reader do you know what "perfidy" means?

  13. phrase | see definition»

    a brief expression that is commonly used

    Despereaux had muttered the phrase often to himself.

  14. protest | see definition»

    to complain strongly about : object to

    "But why?" protested the Pea.

  15. pulse | see definition»

    the beat resulting from the regular widening of an artery in the body as blood flows through it

    He felt the princess's pulse, the pounding of her heart, and his own heart immediately took up the rhythm of hers.

  16. reign | see definition»

    to be usual or widespread

    Silence reigned the room.

  17. renounce | see definition»

    to give up, abandon, or resign usually by a public declaration

    If he does not deny them, he will be allowed to renounce them so that he may go to the dungeon with a pure heart.

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