Literary Lessons – vocabulary #2

Literary lessons - more vocabulary I didn't know from The Children of Men by P.D. JamesAs you might have realized reading the first vocabulary post, the page numbers were all very much in the beginning of the book. When I wrote that post I hadn’t actually finished reading the book yet. I still haven’t at the writing of this, but will have when this posts. I didn’t want to post too many in a row, and flood your feeds with vocab lessons.

Again, I’ve found a great number of words I’ve never heard of. Here are another 10. Perhaps I’ll remember them…

The Children of Men
P. D. James

Campanile (p.45)
1. a tall tower with a bell in it
Unacrimonious (p.45)
1. angry and bitter
unacrimonious would then be: not angry and bitter
Disparagements (p.47)
to lower in rank or reputation :  degrade
2. to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) :  speak slightingly about
Disparagement is the noun: the act of lowering in rank or speaking slightingly about someone.
Mackintosh (p.47)
1. chiefly British :  raincoat
2. a lightweight waterproof fabric originally of rubberized cotton
Crimped (p.48)
1. to cause to become wavy, bent, or pinched: as
a. to form (leather) into a desired shape
b. to give (synthetic fibers) a curl or wave like that of natural fibers
c. to pinch or press together (as the margins of a pie crust) in order to seal
2. to be an inhibiting or restraining influence on something
Tawdry (p.48)
1. having a cheap and ugly appearance
2. morally low or bad
Importunities (p49)
1. the quality or state of being importunate
2. an importunate request or demand
1. making repeated or annoying requests or demands
2. causing annoyance or trouble
Galumphed (p.49)
1. to move in a loud and clumsy way
Surpliced (p.51)
1. wearing a surplice
2. having a surplice collar or neckline
1. a loose, white piece of clothing that is worn by priests or singers at church services
Gad (p.53)
1. a chisel or pointed iron or steel bar for loosening ore or rock
2. chiefly dialect :  a long stick
All the definitions of the words have been found on the Merriam-Webster website

Wow! I learned a lot again. Who knew a mackintosh was a raincoat, or a type of fabric in any case. All I could think of were apples and computers, though it was obvious from the context of the book those had nothing to do with it, plus it was spelled differently.

Do you have any words that you didn’t know? Let me know in the comments! It would be nice to know I’m not alone in this.


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