Vocabulary for Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" - Version 2


acute -- sharp; keen
dissimulation -- a hiding of one's true feelings
cunningly -- in an artful, clever manner
vexed disturbed, annoyed; persistently troubling
hearty -- showing warm, gusto and friendliness
profound -- deep, showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth
sagacity -- sound judgments formed by evaluating; intelligence

death watches -- wood-burrowing beetles that make a tapping sound with their heads
stifled -- to interrupt or cut off
stealthily -- in a secretive, sneaky manner
marrow -- inmost part
tattoo -- rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping
waned -- approached its end; diminished
dismembered -- to cut up into pieces
scantlings -- small wooden beams supporting the floor

wary -- alert; cautious
suavity -- smooth courteousness
foul play -- unlawful or dishonest behavior
deputed -- appointed or instructed officially
audacity -- shameless boldness or daring; temerity
singularly -- uniquely, uncommonly
vehemently -- with extreme emotion
trifles -- unimportant things

gesticulations -- energetic gestures of the hands or arms
hypocritical -- false or deceptive
dissemble -- pretend, conceal, deliberately give a false impression
personification -- representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
parallel structure -- the repetition of phrases, clauses, or sentences that have the same grammatical structure
repetition -- repeated use of words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
alliteration -- repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words
simile -- an example figurative language: a comparison using like or as

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Jonas Clarke Middle School
Lexington, MA

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