Uncle Vanya Glossary

Uncle Vanya Glossary

Mirage

An optical illusion

Hashing

To discuss a plan in order to agree about the details

Realism

Accepting a situation as it is

Conceit

Vanity; self-centred

Pretension

Putting on airs to impress others

Barbarian

Savage

Sorrow

Unhappiness

Rejoice

Joy; jubilation

Compassion

Sympathy for the suffering of others

fervently

A deep, passionate and completely earnest sensation.

tedious

Monotonously repetitive and repetitively monotonous.

expedient

Convenient and practical.

emancipation

Freed from slavery or servile conditions.

trifling

Something that is so insignificant as to provide no worry or concern.

peasant

A person lacking economic independence who usually lacks formal education, but is not necessarily stupid and more often than not raises crops or livestock on a small plot of land.

labyrinth

A complex maze or, more figuratively, any complex problem or undertaking.

pittance

A disturbingly small amount.

futile

Characterizing a pointless endeavor since the odds are overwhelmingly against success.

pedantry

Meticulous but inimaginative allegiance to dogma, orthodoxy, rules and regulations.

wily

Crafty and cunning.

agitate

To stir up an emotional response.

audacity

Fearlessly courageous and bold.

temerity

Brash display of audacity as a demonstration of rebellion against covention and authority.

redemption

A state of salvation achieved after atoning for one's sins.

refute

To prove that something is false or non-existent.

conflagration

An enormous fire.

captious

Excessively critical in a trivial and nitpicking manner.

contrary

A state of being in direct opposition to something else.

disheveled

Messy, untidy and unkempt.

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