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Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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beseech
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"We beseech your Majesty —" said Glozelle, but Miraz had flung out of the tent and they could hear him bawling out his acceptance to Edmund.
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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1st useChapter 13
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consort
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1  —1 use as in:
consort together
But I think it is more likely to call Peter the High King and his mighty consorts down from the high past.
consorts = spends time with; or the people with whom someone spends much time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consort means:
spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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contempt
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1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
said Trumpkin, cheerily but contemptuously.
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 6
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contrary
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1  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
She did not want to get up; not because she was still tired - on the contrary she was wonderfully rested
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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dispose
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1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
"There are twelve of us, Sire," he said with a dashing and graceful bow, "and I place all the resources of my people unreservedly at your Majesty's disposal."†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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1st useChapter 6
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doleful
1 use
"There's only apples," said Lucy dolefully.
dolefully = sadly
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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effrontery
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you ... have the effrontery to imagine...
effrontery = impolite boldness
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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effusion
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For to prevent the effusion of blood, and for the avoiding all other inconveniences likely to grow from the wars now levied in our realm of Narnia, it is our pleasure to adventure our royal person on behalf of our trusty and well-beloved Caspian in clean wager of battle to prove upon your Lordship's body that the said Caspian is lawful King under us in Narnia ...
effusion = flowing

(editor's note:  This is from the challenge to settle the war with single combat rather than a full battle between the armies.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effusion means:
an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts

or:

something flowing or given off (often a liquid or gas under pressure such as blood or leaking gas)
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forsake
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There was something sad and a little frightening about the place, because it all seemed so forsaken and long ago.
forsaken = abandoned
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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gaunt
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Peter had a glimpse of a horrible, grey, gaunt creature, half man and half wolf, in the very act of leaping upon a boy about his own age,
gaunt = very thin and bony
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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1st useChapter 12
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indulgent
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I must crave your indulgence for appearing in this unseemly fashion.
indulgence = treatment with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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infallible
1 use
"...touching the challenge, I suppose there is only one opinion between us?"
"I suppose so, indeed, Sire," said Glozelle.
"And what is that?" asked the King.
"Most infallibly to refuse it," said Glozelle.
infallibly = certainly (without fail)
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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melancholy
2 uses
and their ears were down and their whiskers drooped and their tails dragged in the grass, and their leader piped on his slender pipe a melancholy tune.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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1st useChapter 11
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ogre
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There's an Ogre or two and a Hag that we could introduce you to, up there.
ogre = fairy tales:  a frightening giant
DefinitionGenerally ogre means:
fairy tales:  a frightening giant — especially one who likes to eat people

or:

an evil, hideous, and frightening person
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pompous
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Not by the army, but by a pompous old fool who has charge of a little castle
pompous = person behaving with excessive self-importance
DefinitionGenerally pompous means:
behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
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prescribe
1 use
Peter, by the gift of Aslan, by election, by prescription, and by conquest...
prescription = recommendation or required by law

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
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1st useChapter 13
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scanty
1 use
It was a gloomy company that huddled under the dripping trees to eat their scanty supper.
scanty = small amount of
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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tedious
2 uses
It was tedious gathering the firewood; but it was grand when the fire blazed...
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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tremulous
2 uses
and Lucy went with him, laying a rather tremulous hand on his mane.
tremulous = quivering (usually from fear)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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usurp
2 uses
Everyone except your Majesty knows that Miraz is a usurper.
usurper = someone who takes without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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