A tale of two cities vocabulary

5/28/2012 Bassima Alansary 0 Comments

     Today at 7am KSA time, Shizu and I finished reading the simplified version of A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens, published by Penguin Readers level five (classics/ British English).

     It is the second book we finished reading this year, we are so happy and eager to start reading the new book "Woman in White by William Wilkie Collins".  it is a simplified book from Oxford Bookworms library (level 6).

Here are the vocabulary I learnt from the book:

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A Tale Of Two Cities notes
-          Influence (verb): to affect or change how someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks.
-         Anxiety (noun): an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future.
And: something that causes a feeling of fear and worry.
-         Increasingly (adverb): more and more.
-         Underlie (verb): to be a hidden cause of or strong influence on something.
(underlying, underlay, underlain)
-         Fiction (noun): literature and stories about imaginary people or events.
Fictional (adjective).
-         Industry (noun): the production of goods in factories.
And: all the companies involved in a particular type of business.
-         Wealthy (adj): rich.
-         self-preservation (noun): behaviour based on the characteristics or feelings which warn people or animals to protect themselves from difficulties or dangers.

chapter 1
-         absence (noun): when someone is not where they are usually expected to be.
-         Courtyard (noun): an open area by a building with walls or buildings around it.
-         Signal (verb): to make a movement, sound, flash, etc. which gives information or tells people what to do.
(present participle UK signalling, past tense and past participle signalled)
-         Hatred (noun): when you dislike someone or something very much.
-         Presence (noun): when someone or something is in a place.
presence of mind: the ability to deal with a difficult situation quickly and effectively.
make your presence felt: to have a strong effect on other people.

Chapter 2-3
-         Pride (noun): a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that you get because you or people connected with you have done or got something good.
-         Intelligence (noun): the ability to learn, understand, and think about things.
-         Quantity (noun): the amount or number of something.
-         Accuse (verb): to say that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal or unkind.
-         Sworn (adj): formally and officially stated as being true.
-         Delicate (adj): needing careful treatment, especially because easily damaged.
And: needing to be done carefully.
-         Quarrel (noun): an argument.
Verb: to have an argument with someone.
-         Shipyard (noun): a place where ships are built or repaired.
-         Jury (noun): a group of people in a court of law who decide if someone is guilty or not.

Chapter 4-5-6
-         False (adj): not real, but made to look or seem real.
-         Tiring (adj): making you feel tired.
" I've had a very tiring day."
-         worn-out (adj): extremely tired.
Also: Something that is worn-out is so old or has been used so much that it is damaged too much to repair.
-         Disused (adj): not used now.
-         Pure (adj): not mixed with anything else.
And: describes a colour which is not mixed with any other colour.
Also: describes a sound which is clear and perfect.
And: clean and free from harmful substances.
-          Restless (adj): unable to be still or relax because you are bored or nervous.
And: not satisfied with what you are doing now and wanting something new.
restlessly (adverb), restlessness  (noun).
-         Marquis (noun): (the title of) a British man of high social rank, between a duke and an earl.
-         Stairway (noun): a set of stairs and the structure around them.
-         Latecomer (noun): a person who arrives late.
-         Aristocracy (noun): the highest social class, usually in countries which have or had a royal family.
-         Misery (noun): great suffering or unhappiness.

Chapter 7-8-9
-         Mismanage (verb): to organize or control something badly
mismanagement  (noun).
-         Secrecy (noun): when something is kept secret.
-         Firm (adj): not soft, but not completely hard.
Also: strict and making certain that people do what you want.
firmly (adverb) firmness (noun)
-         Inquire (verb): to ask for information.
-         Separation (noun): when two or more people or things are separated.
And: an arrangement, often legal, by which two married people stop living together as husband and wife.
-         Misgovern (verb): to govern a country badly.
misgovernment  (noun).
-         Sadden (verb): to make someone feel sad or disappointed

Chapter 10-11-12
-         Gallows (noun): a wooden structure used in the past to hang criminals from to kill them.
-         Destruction (noun): when something is destroyed.
"We are all responsible for the destruction of the forest."
-         Guillotine (noun): a piece of equipment used to cut off criminals' heads in the past.
-         Inquiring (adj): (of someone's behaviour) always wanting to learn new things, or (of someone's expression) wanting to know something.
"You have a very inquiring mind, don't you?"
"He gave her an inquiring look."
inquiringly  (adverb)
-         Deceive (verb): to make someone believe something that is not true.
deceive yourself: to refuse to accept the truth.
"She thinks he'll come back, but she's deceiving herself."

Chapter 13-14-15
-         Patriot (noun): someone who loves their country and is proud of it.
-         Cell (noun): the smallest living part of an animal or a plant.
And: a small room in a prison or police station where a prisoner is kept.
-         Ashes (noun): sb's ashes the powder that remains when a dead person's body has been burnt.
-         Merciless (adj): cruel, or showing no kindness.
-         Harden (verb): to become hard and stiff, or to make something become hard and stiff.
Also: to stop feeling emotions about someone or something, so that you seem less kind, gentle, or weak.
-         Quarrel (verb): to have an angry disagreement with someone.

Chapter 16-17-18
-         Fraternity (noun): a feeling of friendship between people.
In the US: in the US, a social organization of male college students.
-         consist of sth (Phrasal Verb): to be formed or made from two or more things.
-         Produce (verb): to make or grow something.
" This plant will produce small yellow flowers in the spring."
And: to cause a particular reaction or result.
" Nuts produce an allergic reaction in some people."
Also: to take an object from somewhere so that people can see it.
"One of the men suddenly produced a gun from his pocket."
And: to control how a film, play, programme, or musical recording is made.
-         Reclaim (verb): to get something back from someone.
-         Representative (noun): someone who speaks or does something officially for another person or group of people.
-         Misfortune (noun): bad luck, or an unlucky event.
"That was the worst film I've ever had the misfortune to see."
-         Defenceless (adj): weak and unable to protect yourself from attack.
-         Forbid (verb): to refuse to allow something, especially officially, or to prevent a particular plan of action by making it impossible.
(forbidding, forbade or old use forbad, forbidden) old use
-         Sentence (verb): to give a punishment to someone who has committed a crime.
-         Émigré (noun): someone who has had to leave their country permanently, usually for political reasons.
-         Committee (noun): a small group of people chosen to represent a larger organization and either make decisions or collect information for it.
-         Unlawful (adj): not allowed by law.

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