The Phantom of the Opera Glossary

The Phantom of the Opera Glossary

Distinguish

Unique or different

Gaiety

The state of being lighthearted or cheerful

Prodigy

A person endowed with exceptional qualities

Conscience

An inner voice that guides as to the rightness or wrongness of one's behaviour

Implore

To beg someone desperately

Liberty

Freedom

Despise

To intensely hate something or someone.

overweening

Arrogantly presumptuous.

gruesome

Horrifically repellent.

pallor

A strikingly bloodless sort of paleness.

aghast

Awestruck and dismayed; horrified and taken back.

swoon

A dizzy feeling of lightheadedness with the potential to lead to fainting.

prophesy

To predict or fortell future events or consequences.

jackanape

An impudent, impertinent person of no social significance.

prima donna

Vain, self-centered, temperamental diva.

sidle

To furtively ingratiate yourself with someone by moving up close to their side.

haughty

Demonstrating an attitude of superiority and condescension toward others.

gesticulate

Exaggerated gesturing to accompany conversation or other vocalizing.

frail

In a state of extreme physical weakness.

intermediary

An agent acting as a go-between during negotiations.

tempestuous

Unpredictably volatile in behavior and emotional control; mercurial.

pensive

Thoughtful, reflective and contemplative.

martyr

Willing to die for strongly-held beliefs.

harrowing

Taumatic and stressful.

funereal

Suggestive of the somber mood accompanying a funeral service.

beguiled

Enchanted and enthralled; infatuated with of the mysterious underlying the intrigue.

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