toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Vocabulary

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

(click/touch triangles for details)
audacious
2 uses
The Witch flung one hand up to feel the shape of this audacity which came off the fifty-four-year-old man like a fever.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
Web Links
avarice
1 use
But no the hand stayed, glowed, poisoned the air, hurrying the strange nun-Gypsy's tread as she gasped her avaricious mouth most ardently.
avaricious = greedy
DefinitionGenerally avarice means:
excessive desire for wealth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
Web Links
baleful
1 use
And platoons left, squads right, had stilt-muscled themselves to fitful rest, to baleful glare, itching for the match to whiff out.
baleful = threatening
DefinitionGenerally baleful means:
threatening or harmful
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
Web Links
cease
9 uses
The draft that had for a moment stirred the boys' trouser cuffs and blown the man's hair, ceased.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePart 1
Web Links
chimera
1 use
Jim slipped his hand through the leather mouth and hefted forth a metal shaft clustered with chimeras, Chinese dragons all fang, eyeball and moss-green armour, all cross and crescent; every symbol around the world that made men safe, or seemed to, clung there, greaving the boys' hands with odd weight and meaning.
chimeras = imagined things that are not possible in the real world
DefinitionGenerally chimera means:
something imagined, but not possible — often an idea requiring an impossible combination
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
Web Links
copious
1 use
Calmly, Jim put a fist into his copious and richly treasured pockets, rummaged, and held out his hand.
copious = large
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
Web Links
elated
2 uses
Suddenly there was the old sense of terrified elation, of wanting to laugh and cry together when he saw the innocents of the earth wandering the snowy streets the day before Christmas among all the tired men and women whose faces were dirty with guilt, unwashed of sin, and...
elation = happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
Web Links
grave
1 use
Dad nodded, once, gravely, and then nodded at the carousel, and stepped up on it, and touched a brass pole.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 3
Web Links
imply
1 use
In another moment, a forefinger might thrust to the sidewalk grille, implying...
implying = saying indirectly (by the gesture)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st usePart 2
Web Links
incongruous
1 use
The song was incongruous for October, but immensely moving, overwhelming, no matter what day or what month it was sung: ... I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.
incongruous = out of place
DefinitionGenerally incongruous means:
out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
Web Links
irascible
1 use
did the scurrying freaks, the Illustrated Marvel, bear the foreheads of the Irascible, the Cruel, the Covetous, the mouths of the Lewd and Untruthful?
irascible = easily angered
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
Web Links
lattice
1 use
Clutching the steel lattice-grille, he peered down in the pit.
lattice = a pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines
DefinitionGenerally lattice means:
an object or pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines — leaving diamond- or square-shaped spaces where they do not overlap

or:

an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
Web Links
rancor
1 use
the vital stuffs of their mortal greed, rancor, and poisonous guilt,
rancor = deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
Web Links
salve
1 use
But then, for what salve it gives me, every man's a fool.
salve = something that eases pain or anxiety
DefinitionGenerally salve means:
a cream or liquid put onto skin to make it feel better or heal

or:

anything that eases pain or anxiety; or the act of doing such
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
Web Links
serene
9 uses
Serene, his father said, "Now." And fired the rifle.
serene = calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
Web Links
squander
1 use
squandered inside himself
squandered = wasted
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
Web Links
taint
1 use
If there wasn't death, all the other things wouldn't get tainted.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
Web Links
undulate
2 uses
His arm, a long molasses undulation,
undulation = a smooth wave-like motion; or having a wavy or rippled form
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
Web Links
volition
1 use
He was far too busy letting the joke rush through his fingers, letting hilarity spring forth of it's own volition along his throat, eyes squeezed shut; there it flew, whipping shrapnel in all directions.
volition = will
DefinitionGenerally volition means:
will (done consciously and voluntarily without being forced or threatened)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
Web Links
wizened
1 use
In the mirrors, a wizened multiplication of boy-apes did likewise, posing a single rosebud of blue-yellow flame.
wizened = lean and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/choices)
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.