Don Quixote Vocabulary w/ Definitions

The vocabulary words were chosen by the 4th year English teachers of Philippine Science High School. The vocabulary words are required for the 3rd quarter periodical exams for school year 2011-2012.

alacrity – brisk and cheerful readiness

boisterous – loud, noisy, energetic, lively, rowdy

chimerical – a thing that is hoped or wished for but is inevitably imaginary or impossible to attain

contrive – to create or bring about by skill or artifice

exploits – make use or derive benefit from

farce – a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay; includes crude characterization

foil – prevent from achieving a goal

lamentation – mourning; expression of grief or sorrow

parlous – full of danger and uncertainty

pensive – engaged in; involving; reflecting deep thought

perdition – a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death

picaresque – an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough & dishonest but appealing hero

quixotic – exceedingly idealistic; impractical

sonorous – imposingly deep or full (usually for tone)

transmogrify – (humorous) to transform in a magical or surprising manner

uncouth– lacking good manners, refinement or grace

verisimilitude – the quality or state of depicting realism; state of having the appearance of truth
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