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"The Hunger Games" Vocabulary from Chapter 1

April 2, 2012
Learn these 54 vocabulary words that appear in the first chapter of "The Hunger Games" before you read the book (or see the movie). When you finish this list, move on to the Chapter 2 words.
canvas
My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim's warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress.
cocoon
My little sister, Prim, curled up on her side, cocooned in my mother's body, their cheeks pressed together.
insist
Prim named him Buttercup, insisting that his muddy yellow coat matched the bright flower.
scrawny
Scrawny kitten, belly swollen with worms, crawling with fleas.
entrails
Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the entrails.
supple
Supple leather that has molded to my feet.
forage
I pull on trousers, a shirt, tuck my long dark braid up into a cap, and grab my forage bag.
squat
Shutters on the squat gray houses are closed.
deterrent
In theory, it's supposed to be electrified twenty- four hours a day as a deterrent to the predators that live in the woods -- packs of wild dogs, lone cougars, bears -- that used to threaten our streets.
predator
In theory, it's supposed to be electrified twenty- four hours a day as a deterrent to the predators that live in the woods -- packs of wild dogs, lone cougars, bears -- that used to threaten our streets.
rabid
Inside the woods they roam freely, and there are added concerns like venomous snakes, rabid animals, and no real paths to follow.
venture
But most are not bold enough to venture out with just a knife.
execute
My father could have made good money selling them, but if the officials found out he would have been publicly executed for inciting a rebellion.
incite
My father could have made good money selling them, but if the officials found out he would have been publicly executed for inciting a rebellion.
indifferent
So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts.
ration
It's real bakery bread, not the flat, dense loaves we make from our grain rations.
sentimental
Think the old man was feeling sentimental this morning," says Gale.
mimic
Suddenly he falls into a Capitol accent as he mimics Effie Trinket, the maniacally upbeat woman who arrives once a year to read out the names at the leaping.
verve
I finish with equal verve.
apothecary
They ran an apothecary shop in the nicer part of District 12.
remedy
My father got to know my mother because on his hunts he would sometimes collect medicinal herbs and sell them to her shop to be brewed into remedies.
iridescent
From this place, we are invisible but have a clear view of the valley, which is teeming with summer life, greens to gather, roots to dig, fish iridescent in the sunlight.
preposterous
The idea is so preposterous.
devoted
And Gale is devoted to his family.
romantic
There's never been anything romantic between Gale and me.
prey
The predators ignore us on a day when easier, tastier prey abounds.
compliment
Madge shoots him a look, trying to see if it's a genuine compliment or if he's just being ironic.
ironic
Madge shoots him a look, trying to see if it's a genuine compliment or if he's just being ironic.
adorn
His eyes land on a small, circular pin that adorns her dress.
eligible
You become eligible for the reaping the day you turn twelve.
meager
Each tessera is worth a meager year's supply of grain and oil for one person.
cumulative
And the entries are cumulative.
rant
On other days, deep in the woods, I've listened to him rant about how the tesserae are just another tool to cause misery in our district.
ensure
A way to plant hatred between the starving workers of the Seam and those who can generally count on supper and
thereby ensure we will never trust one another.
anguish
The anguish I always feel when she's in pain wells up in my chest and threatens to register on my face.
mandatory
Attendance is mandatory unless you are on death's door.
perimeter
Family members line up around the perimeter, holding tightly to one another's hands.
claustrophobic
The space gets tighter, more claustrophobic as people arrive.
adjacent
Latecomers are directed to the adjacent streets, where they can watch the event on screens as it's televised live by the state.
terse
We all exchange terse nods then focus our attention on the temporary stage that is set up before the Justice Building.
podium
It holds three chairs, a podium, and two large glass balls, one for the boys and one for the girls.
murmur
They murmur to each other and then look with concern at the empty seat.
sustenance
He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the en- croaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained.
prosperity
The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens.
obliterated
Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated.
treaty
The Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.
treason
The Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.
vast
The twenty- four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland.
humiliate
To make it humiliating as well as torturous, the Capitol requires us to treat the Hunger Games as a festivity, a sporting event pitting every district against the others.
ease
The last tribute alive receives a life of ease back home, and their district will be showered with prizes, largely consisting of food.

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