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Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy                      Vocabulary List 3

1.       Axis [11] – the line about which a rotating body turns; center

2.       Celestial [11]  – heavenly; sky

3.       Homogenous [12] – corresponding in structure because of a common origin [homo – the same, not to be confused with Homo – the Latin genus that includes man]

4.       Tumulus [12] – a mound or elevation of earth, especially a very old one; barrow

5.       Sedulously [12] – diligently; perseveringly; persistently

6.       Obliterated [13] – erased; wiped out

7.       Commemoration [14] – a service, celebration, memorial service

8.       Tinctured [14] – colored

9.       Ephemeral[14]  – lasting but a day or a short time; short lived; transitory

10.       Abyss [15] – bottomless gulf; any deep, immeasurable space

11.    Ingress [15]  – beginning, entrance, start

12.    Fiat [16] – an authoritative decree, sanction, or order

13.    Evanescent [16] – vanishing, passing away, fleeting [evanescence on p. 117]

14.    Effulgence [29]- shining forth brilliantly; radiance

15.    Perspicacity [34] – keenness of mental perception; discernment; penetration

16.    Impunity [38] – exemption from punishment

17.    Profuse [46] – extravagant; large amount; abundant

18.    Imperiously [50] – in a domineering, dictatorial, or overbearing manner; commandingly

19.    Recapitulation [56] – saying over and over; summing up [you will often hear to recap an idea; that’s shorthand for recapitulate]

20.    Amplitude [56] – abundance, copiousness; large or full measure

English IV