Martin Eden Vocabulary List

Lambent – flickering; His emotions leapt and played like lambent flame
Ethereal – heavenly; She was a pale, ethereal creature
Plethora – excess; All this plethora of sight, feeling, and thought occurred on the instant
Depreciate – belittle; He waved his hand deprecatingly and muttered that it was nothing at all
Simpering – smiling in a silly manner; He saw the simpering, boisterous girls from south of Market
Palpitant– trembling, throbbing; Through the swaying, palpitant vision, he stared at the real woman
Indelicate– improper; Swinburne fails because he is indelicate
Surreptitious – stealthy; He had to glance surreptitiously about and learn how to accomplish each new thing
Aesthetic – artistic; -He was feasting his love of beauty at this table where eating was an aesthetic function
Trepidation – fear; He essayed it with trepidation
Apparent – clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
Anarchist – an advocate of the abolition of governments
Tension – feelings of hostility that are not

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