The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, Vocabulary List Chapters 16-18

The Tale of Despereaux Vocabulary List

  1. astute | see definition»

    very alert and aware : CLEVER

    "Allow me to congratulate you on your very astute powers of observation."

  2. despicable | see definition»

    very bad : deserving to be despised

    "They are despicable, laughable, the opposite of everything we strive to be."

  3. domain | see definition»

    land under the control of a ruler or a government

    "Upstairs is the domain of mice."

  4. guarantee | see definition»

    to make (something) certain

    And the presence of evil guarantees the existence of prisoners.

  5. inexplicable | see definition»

    impossible to explain or account for

    His rat soul longed inexplicably for it.

  6. inordinate | see definition»

    going beyond what is usual, normal, or proper

    From that moment forward, Roscuro showed an abnormal, inordinate interest in illumination of all sorts.

  7. invest | see definition»

    to provide (someone or something) with (something)

    Reducing a prisoner to weeping and wailing and begging is a delightful way to invest your existence with meaning.

  8. obsession | see definition»

    a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal

    Your obsession with it is tiresome.

  9. prophecy | see definition»

    something foretold : PREDICTION

    In the case of Chiaroscuro, however the joke had a hint of prophecy to it.

  10. recite | see definition»

    to repeat from memory

    Botticelli Remorso, one last Sunday afternoon, had recited from memory all the confessions he had heard from prisoners.

  11. sentiment | see definition»

    a thought or attitude influenced by feeling

    He finally voiced this sentiment to his friend, a very old one-eared rat named Botticelli Remorso.

  12. solace | see definition»

    comfort in times of sorrow or worry

    "What about the solace a sympathetic ear can provide?"

  13. strive | see definition»

    to try very hard

    "They are despicable, laughable, the opposite of everything we strive to be."

  14. torment | see definition»

    to cause severe suffering of body or mind to

    Roscuro went, as Botticelli told him he must, to torment the new prisoner and to take the red cloth from him.

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