Definition: indicating the nature of a future event, for good or evil; having the significance of an omen; being a portent Sentence from book: “'There is something ominous behind the silence.'” Chapter 15 Synonym: menacing
Original sentence: The dark storm clouds created a rather ominous environment for Katie.
Definition: of or pertaining to pacifism or pacifists
Sentence from book: Synonym: peaceable
Original sentence: Interestingly, the author does not promote pacifism nor does he endorse war.
Sentence from book: “His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children.” Synonym: continuous
Original sentence: Your genes have a perpetual effect.
Definition: expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful
Sentence from book: “He could hear in his mind's ear the blood-stirring and intricate rhythms of the ekwe and the udu and the ogene, and he could hear his own flute weaving in and out of them, decorating them with a colorful and plaintive tune.” Synonym: sorrowful
Original sentence: The cat let out a few plaintive yet resigned meows as I pushed him into his cat carrier.
Definition: the entire feathery covering of a bird
Sentence from book: ”Tortoise stood up in his many-coloured plumage and thanked them for their invitation.” Synonym: bunch
Original sentence: As the bird died, it’s plumage covered the ground in an almost symmetric pattern.
Definition: affecting or moving the emotions
Sentence from book: “But he and Nwoye had become so deeply attached to each other that such moments became less frequent and less poignant.” Synonym: intense
Original sentence: The stench from his shoes was ever so poignant.
Definition: powerful; mighty
Sentence from book: “Its most potent war medicine was as old as the clan itself.” Synonym: strong
Original sentence: The scent from the food truck was quite potent.
Definition: common or vulgar
Sentence from book: “The other egwugwu immediately surrounded their desecrated companion, to shield him from the profane gaze of women and children, and led them away.” Synonym: mean
Original sentence: Her manners were most profane.
Definition: anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief,or escape
Sentence from book: “But when there is sorrow and bitterness he finds refuge in his motherland.” Synonym: security
Original sentence: Katie found refuge in the arms of her lover, Paul.
Definition: to tear apart, split, or divide
Sentence from book: “The cannon seemed to rend the sky.” Synonym: rupture
Original sentence: The needle rent her vein.
Definition: recovering readily from illness, depression,adversity, or the like; buoyant
Sentence from book: “But it was a resilient spirit, and in the end Okonkwo overcame his sorrows.” Synonym: strong
Original sentence: Her resilience shocked all of the doctors she visited.
Definition: (adj.) admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
Sentence from book: “The resolute administrator in him gave way to the student of primitive customs.” (Pg. 207)
Synonym: determined; foursquare; hell-bent
Original sentence: More believable were the reports that he was stubborn and resolute.
Definition: (v.) to regard with respect tinged with awe; venerate. Sentence from book: “The royal python was the most revered animal in Mbanta and all the surrounding clans.“ (Pg. 157)
Synonym: honor; adore
- Kings are held in high esteem and greatly revered and respected.
Definition: (adj.) giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place. Sentence from book: “The silence was broken by the village crier beating his sonorous ogene.” (Pg. 196)
Synonym: eloquent; florid; grandiose
- His voice was not