Purple Hibiscus: Tier 2 Vocabulary

  Vocabulary Definition
1 Penitent Feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
2 Lineage Tracking of direct descent and ancestry usually for pedigree
3 Reverence A feeling of profound respect for someone or something
4 Benevolence Kind and fair with power
5 Disconsolately Grief-stricken loneliness
6 Indigenous Originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native
7 Allegories A story, poem, that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically moral or political
8 Post-colonial Existing after the end of colonial rule, in this case the British Empire
9 Placid Not easily upset; calm and centred
10 Obstinate Stubbornly refusing a course of action
11 Frailty The condition of being weak and delicate, associated with old age
12 Redemption The action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. Clearing a debt
13 Hermeneutics Knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts
14 Inculturation Process by which an individual adopts the behaviour patterns of the culture in which he or she is immersed
15 Inculcation The instilling of knowledge or values in someone, usually by repetition
16 Botanist An expert in or student of the scientific study of plants.
17 Self-flagellation Act of hitting oneself with a whip as part of a religious ritual. Excessive criticism of oneself
18 Self deprecating Knowing your own weaknesses and shortcomings and often pointing them out
19 Stoic Deliberate lack of speech, withholding of emotions
20 Étagerè A cabinet with open shelves for displaying ornaments
21 Zealous Passionate and devoted in the most extreme manner
22 Subtext An underlying and often distinct theme in a piece of writing or conversation
23 Pivotal Central points in plot or action that can shape the direction of a narrative or argument
24 Tremulous Shaking or quivering slightly from nerves or fear
25 Adulation Excessive admiration or praise
26 Exaltation The action of elevating someone in rank or power
27 Veneration Great respect and reverence, the glorification of an individual
28 Animism The attribution of a living soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena
29 Absolutism The binary perspective in political or theological matters
30 Microcosm A miniature version of wider society held up as a mirror for wider events

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