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1. Cryptic (7)-Having a meaning that is mysterious or obsure

"Each event spoke with a cryptic tongue."



2. Doggerel (24)-verse or words that are badly written or expressed

"A tall black boy recited a long, funny piece of doggerel, replete with filth...."



3. Languor (8)- The state or feeling, often pleasant, or tiredness or intertia.

"There was the languor i felt when i heard green leaves rustling with a rainlike sound."



4. Surreptitiously (50)- Kept in secred because it would not be approved of.

"So, surreptitiously, i took some of the biscuits from the platter and slipped them into my pocket..."



5. Emulate (73)- Match or surpass ( a person or acheivement) usually by imitation

"I reslolved that i would emulate the black women if i was ever faced with a white mob."



6. Grapple (81)- engage in a close fight or struggle, with out weapons; wrestle.

"Returning to grapple with the old problem."



7. Elicited (92)- Evoke or draw our (a response, answer, or fact) from someone in reaction to ones own actions or questions.

"Every blow landed elicited shouts of delight."



8. Morose (86)- sullen and ill tempered

"I became morose."



9. Palatial (128)- resembling a palace in being spacious or slendid

"....a renouned scientist who rigged up a mystery room made of metal in the basement of his palatial home."



10. Invectives (149)- insulting, abusive, or highly critical language

"As they hurlded invectives, they barely looked at each other."



11. Boon (150)-something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.

"But the job had its boon."


12. Impudent (157)- Obsolete. shameless or brazenly immodest.

"Why, you impudent black rascal!" he thundered.


13. Sonorously (155)- loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound.

"I baptize thee in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost," he pronounced sonorously...


14. Florid (163)- flowery; excessively ornate

"I was hired by a florid-faced white man at teh rate of fifty cents for nine holes."


15. Impetus (173)- a moving force; impulse; stimulus

"I was poised for flight, but I was waiting for some event, some word, some act, some circumstance to furnish the impetus."


16. Repugnant (199)- distasteful, objectionable, or offensive

"The mere idea of stealing had been repugnant."


17. Terse (278)- neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.

"As a protective mechanism, I developed a terse, cynical mode of speech that rebuffed those who sought to get too close to me."


18. Feudalism (265)- A political and economic system of Europe from the 9th to about the 15th century, based on the holding of all land in fief or fee and the resulting relation of lord to vassal and   characterized by homage, legal and military service of tenants, and forfeiture.

"... I felt that fuedalism made use of a limited part of a man, defined him, his rank, his function in society."

19. Libations (282)- The act of drinking an intoxicating beverage.

"...I sought to fulfill more than my share of obligations and responsibilities, as though offering libations of forgivness to my environment."


20. Oblique (286)- neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface; slanting; sloping.

 "... accepting their class and racial status in ways so oblique that one had the impression that no difficulties existed for them."

21. Malinger (293)- to pretend illness

"If the woman refused, they would report to the office that the woman was a malingerer


22. eschewing (295)- To avoid; shun.

"When speaking from the plaform, the Negro Communists, eschewing the traditional gestures of the Negro preacher..."


23. Insurgent (302)- a person who rises in forcible opposition to lawful authority

"..an insurgent act is but a man's desperate answer to those who twist his environment so that he cannot fully share the spirit of his native lan."


24. Tacubtyrb (313)???? that has to be spelled wrong????



25. cibdescebsuib (317)


26. Bourgeios (331)- a person whose political, economic, and social opinions are believed to be determined mainly by concern for property values and conventional respectability.

"Reading bourgeios books can only confuse you, comrade," he said, returning the books.

27. Internecine (368)-destructive to both sides in a conflict

 "... why was ot that there existed among Communists so much hate, suspicion, bitterness, and interecine strife?"

28. Recrimination (361)- an accusation in response to one from someone else

 "I had not raked up a single recrimination."

29. Truncated (374)- shorten (something) by cutting off the top or the end

 "…lives truncated and impoverished by the oppression they had suffered long before they had ever heard of Communism…"

30. Erstwhile (367)- former





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