The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World and Other Stories Glossary

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World and Other Stories Glossary

alarm

an anxious awareness of danger

bountiful

large in quantity

cadaver

a corpse

cape

a sleeveless cloak, typically a short one

condemn

express complete disapproval of, typically in public

deserted

empty

diminish

become less

driftwood

pieces of wood that are floating on the sea or have been washed ashore

frivolity

lack of seriousness

insolence

contempt

lament

a passionate expression of grief or sorrow

lavish

sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious

mariner

a sailor

maze

a network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle through which one has to find a way

meek

submissive

moor

fen

obscure

uncertain

promontory

a point of high land that juts out into a large body of water

remora

a slender marine fish that attaches itself to large fish by means of a sucker on top of its head

repudiate

refuse to accept or be associated with

seep

flow or leak slowly through porous material or small holes

semblance

the outward appearance or apparent form of something, esp. when the reality is different

squalid

extremely dirty and unpleasant, esp. as a result of poverty or neglect

staid

respectable, and unadventurous

stupor

a state of near-unconsciousness or insensibility

tame

not dangerous or frightened of people, domesticated

vigil

a period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep, esp. to keep watch or pray

virile

characterized by strength and energy

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