Essay on Vocab: Battle Abbey and Individual Example Sentence

Submitted By frankbobby
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Vocabulary

1. Gait
Definition: a horse's manner of moving
Example sentence: The pair of legs that carried him were rickety, and there was a bias in his gait which inclined him somewhat to the left of a straight line.
2. Pedigree
Definition: the descendants of one individual
Example sentence: "It was only my whim," he said; and, after a moment's hesitation: "It was on account of a discovery I made some little time ago, whilst I was hunting up pedigrees for the new county history.
3. Derive
Definition: obtain
Example sentence: Don't you really know, Durbeyfield, that you are the lineal representative of the ancient and knightly family of the d'Urbervilles, who derive their descent from Sir Pagan d'Urberville, that renowned knight who came from Normandy with William the Conqueror, as appears by Battle Abbey Roll?"

4. Reowned
Definition: widely known and esteemed
Example sentence: Don't you really know, Durbeyfield, that you are the lineal representative of the ancient and knightly family of the d'Urbervilles, who derive their descent from Sir Pagan d'Urberville, that reowned knight who came from Normandy with William the Conqueror, as appears by Battle Abbey Roll?"

5. Debased
Deniniton: corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
Example sentence: Yes, that's the d'Urberville nose and chin—a little debased

6. Manor
Definition: the landed estate of a lord (including the house on it)
Example sentence: Branches of your family held manors over all this part of England; their names appear in the Pipe Rolls in the time of King Stephen.

7. Reign
Definiton: royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
Example sentence:In the reign of King John one of them was rich enough to give a manor to the Knights Hospitallers; and in Edward the Second's time your forefather Brian was summoned to Westminster to attend the great Council there.

8. Daze
Definition: overcome as with astonishment or disbelief
Example sentence: "Daze my eyes, and isn't there?" said Durbeyfield.

9. Intracing
Definition: follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
Example sentence: His own investigations had begun on a day in the preceding spring when, having been engaged intracing the vicissitudes of the d'Urberville family, he had observed Durbeyfield's name on his waggon, and had thereupon been led to make inquiries about his father and grandfather till he had no doubt on the subject.

10. vicissitude
Definiton: a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something
Example sentence:His own investigations had begun on a day in the preceding spring when, having been engaged in tracing the vicissitudes of the d'Urberville family, he had observed Durbeyfield's name on his waggon, and had thereupon been led to make inquiries about his father and grandfather till he had no doubt on the subject.

11. mendacious
Definition: intentionally untrue
Example sentence: "Yes—what the mendacious family chronicles call extinct in the male line—that is, gone down—gone under."

12. Effigies
Definition: a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
Example sentence: "At Kingsbere-sub-Greenhill: rows and rows of you in your vaults, with your effigies under Purbeck-marble canopies."

13. chasten
Definition: restrain
Example sentence: "Oh—nothing, nothing; except chasten yourself with the thought of 'how are the mighty fallen.'
14. reverie
Definition: an abstracted state of absorption
Example sentence: When he was gone, Durbeyfield walked a few steps in a profound reverie, and then sat down upon the grassy bank by the roadside, depositing his basket before him.

15. prostrate
Definition:stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
Example sentence:Sir John d'Urberville—that's who I am," continued the prostrate man.
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