toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

The Grapes of Wrath
Vocabulary

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

(click/touch triangles for details)
belligerent
3 uses
"A fella got to eat," he began; and then, belligerently, "A fella got a right to eat."
belligerently = as though ready for a fight
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
Web Links
complacent
1 use
"You do not see," she said, and she smiled her complacent smile and went into the house.
complacent = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
contrite
1 use
And Ruthie was instantly contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
Web Links
correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a correspondence course
Why, I'm thinkin' of takin' one of them correspondence school courses.
correspondence = done from afar (by mailing letters, reports, etc.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
decorum
1 use
Tom looked down the line of tents and he saw Ruthie and Winfield standing in front of a tent in decorous conversation with someone inside.
decorous = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
denounce
1 use
There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation.
denunciation = (beyond the requirement of) strong public criticism
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
Web Links
direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
depart directly
The gray cat came out of the barn shed and trotted miaowing toward the fire, but, nearly there, it turned and went directly to one of the little piles of rabbit entrails on the ground.
directly = straight (immediately—without going anywhere else first)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
The kettle rattled over the direct fire, rattled and wheezed.
direct = without anything in between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
Web Links
3  —3 uses as in:
directed her question to
The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression.
directed = focused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
dissent
1 use
Pa looked at the face of each one for dissent, and then he said, "Want to call 'im over, Tommy?"
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
morose
1 use
And Al, morosely, Where ya think they get them big cars and stuff?
morosely = unhappily
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
nonchalant
1 use
And he said nonchalantly, "I can waltz."
nonchalantly = casually (without special interest or concern)
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
passage
1 use
"I'm just tryin' to get along without shovin' nobody around." ... He waited to let the whole emphasis of the preceding passage disappear and be forgotten.
passage = what was recently said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
penitent
1 use
...he must crawl like a bug between the rows of lettuce, he must bend his back and pull his long bag between the cotton rows, he must go on his knees like a penitent across a cauliflower patch.
penitent = someone asking for forgiveness
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perspective in art
The gray dusty truck, in the yard before the door, stood out magically in this light, in the overdrawn perspective of a stereopticon.†
perspective = 3-dimensional appearance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
giving a 2-dimensional picture a 3-dimensional appearance by making parts that are farther away look smaller than things that are close;  or a picture drawn in such a manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
petulant
1 use
...the little eyes half scowling, half petulant.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
requisition
1 use
Every bit of electric wire had been requisitioned.
requisitioned = taken by government authority
DefinitionGenerally requisition means:
to officially request, demand, or take something; or the form used to make such a request
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
servile
1 use
Tom said, "Well" and then his voice took on a servile whine.
servile = submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
Web Links
venerate
1 use
Cockily, he walked close before he recognized Tom; and when he did, his boasting face changed, and admiration and veneration shone in his eyes, and his swagger fell away.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
vivacious
1 use
Sometimes he looks up at the vivaciousness in Mae's voice, and then he scrapes the griddle with a spatula, scrapes the grease into an iron trough around the plate.
vivaciousness = engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/choices)
† 
Sample usage followed by this mark was not checked by an editor. Please let us know if you spot a problem.
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.