WORD LISTS

"Twilight," Vocabulary from Ch's 1-5

February 11, 2013
As you read Stephanie Meyer's vampire-romance novel "Twilight" (2005), learn these word lists: Ch's 1-5, Ch's 6-10, and Ch 11-The Epilogue.
omnipresent
It was from this town and its gloomy, omnipresent shade that my mother escaped with me when I was only a few months old.
verbose
Neither of us was what anyone would call verbose, and I didn’t know what there was to say regardless.
omen
I didn’t see it as an omen — just unavoidable.
scarcity
My primary motivation behind buying a car, despite the scarcity of my funds, was that I refused to be driven around town in a car with red and blue lights on top.
translucent
My skin could be pretty — it was very clear, almost translucent-looking — but it all depended on color.
pallid
Facing my pallid reflection in the mirror, I was forced to admit that I was lying to myself.
precariously
She dug through a precariously stacked pile of documents on her desk till she found the ones she was looking for.
gawk
He gawked at me when he saw my name — not an encouraging response — and of course I flushed tomato red.
drone
I went through different arguments with her in my head while the teacher droned on.
prattle
I couldn’t remember her name, so I smiled and nodded as she prattled about teachers and classes.
lanky
The last was lanky, less bulky, with un¬tidy, bronze-colored hair.
lope
As I watched, the small girl rose with her tray — unopened soda, unbitten apple — and walked away with a quick, graceful lope that belonged on a runway.
lithe
I watched, amazed at her lithe dancer’s step, till she dumped her tray and glided through the back door, faster than I would have thought possible.
brawny
They all were noticeably graceful — even the big, brawny one.
avert
He was leaning away from me, sitting on the ex¬treme edge of his chair and averting his face like he smelled something bad.
burly
He wasn’t nearly as slight as he’d looked next to his burly brother.
gist
I quickly picked up the gist of the argument.
opaque
It was better because it wasn’t raining yet, though the clouds were dense and opaque.
wistfully
Then he smiled at me wistfully and went to sit by a girl with braces and a bad perm.
egotistical
It was ridiculous, and egotistical, to think that I could affect anyone that strongly.
mesmerized
I hadn’t noticed their clothes before — I’d been too mesmerized by their faces.
incredulously
“Haven’t you ever seen snow fall before?” he asked incredulously.
unison
I didn’t really want to walk to class with Mike as usual — he seemed to be a popular target for the snowball snipers — but when we went to the door, everyone besides me groaned in unison.
smirk
He smirked and pushed the microscope to me.
inexplicable
I glanced up, and he was staring at me, that same inexplicable look of frustration in his eyes.
skeptical
Mr. Banner looked at me now; his expression was skeptical.
glum
My voice was glum by the time I finished.
engrossed
He’d seemed engrossed in our conversation, but now I could see, from the corner of my eye, that he was leaning away from me again, his hands gripping the edge of the table with unmistakable tension.
peripheral
I stared straight ahead as I passed the Volvo, but from a peripheral peek, I would swear I saw him laughing.
novelty
Perhaps it was because I was a novelty here, where novelties were few and far between.
bedlam
In the abrupt bedlam, I could hear more than one person shouting my name.
myriad
As we spoke, nurses began unwinding his soiled bandages, exposing a myriad of shallow slices all over his forehead and left cheek.
ogle
It wasn’t easy — it would have been more natural to ogle.
derision
His voice held an edge of derision now.
livid
I was in danger of being distracted by his livid, glorious face.
appalled
I was appalled.
chagrin
With chagrin, I realized the probable cause — no one else was as aware of Edward as I always was.
broach
But he didn’t broach the subject until I was in my seat and he was perched on my desk.
jubilant
It was Jessica, and she was jubilant; Mike had caught her after school to accept her invitation.
precedent
I didn’t want to ask permission — it set a bad precedent — but I felt rude, so I tacked it on at the end.
enunciate
He enunciated every syllable, as if he were talking to someone mentally handicapped.
smoldering
His eyes were gloriously intense as he uttered that last sentence, his voice smoldering.
disparaging
“Thank you for joining us, Miss Swan,” Mr. Mason said in a disparaging tone.
befuddled
I looked up into his deep gold eyes, became befuddled, and, as usual, blurted out the truth.
cryptic
“No,” I disagreed quickly, my eyes narrowing, “I can’t imagine why that would be frustrating at all — just be¬cause someone refuses to tell you what they’re thinking, even if all the while they’re making cryptic little remarks specifically designed to keep you up at night wondering what they could possibly mean . . . now, why would that be frustrating?”
pariah
“Or better,” I continued, the pent-up annoyance flow¬ing freely now, “say that person also did a wide range of bizarre things — from saving your life under impossible circumstances one day to treating you like a pariah the next, and he never explained any of that, either, even after he promised.
inaudible
His voice was almost inaudible.
unfathomable
He was staring at me with an unfathomable expression.
veer
I veered left, toward my truck.
eccentric
She’s irresponsible and slightly eccentric, and she’s a very unpredictable cook.

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Sunday March 10th 2013, 2:54 PM
Comment by: Vivian S. (MI)
Not to be verbose and drone on, but this list is absolutely incredulous! I didn't realize how much I'm missing when I first read Twilight. I'm definitely going to re-read it again now that I learned all that vocabulary~
Monday April 22nd 2013, 9:07 PM
Comment by: Vic (Canada)
Is there any way to save this list as your own? I love it!

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