Vocabulary for The Golden Goblet

Chapter 1

1. crucible pg. 7 (n) A pot for melting substances.
Contextual Sentence: I used the crucible to hold melted gold.
Contextual Sentence: At a factory to melt metal they used many crucibles.

2. amulets pg. 8 (n) A charm against evil.
Contextual Sentence: The woman tied an amulet charm around the babies wrist to protect it from the evil spirit haunting her house.
Contextual Sentence: My friend's family is superstitious so they all wear amulets to protect them from the spirits.

3. fathom pg. 9 (vb) To come to an understanding after much thought.
Contextual Sentence: I couldn't fathom the complex machinery.
Contextual Sentence: I could not fathom what food to feed a squirrel, so I had to look it up on the internet.

4. humiliating pg. 16 (adj) Feeling ashamed after loss of pride.
Contextual Sentence: It was humiliating when the principal wet her pants at the school assembly in front of all the students.
Contextual Sentence: It was humiliating when I dropped orange juice on my pants and everyone thought I peed my pants.

5. surly pg. 20 (adj) Having a rude or unfriendly attitude.
Contextual Sentence: The man on the street was surly and unfriendly as he smoked his cigar and insulted people as they passed by.
Contextual Sentence: My friend was surly and snapped at me for getting orange juice and not water at lunch time.

Chapter 2

6. jocular pg. 29 (adj) Said or done with humor or in jest
Contextual Sentence: The clown was jocular and made people laugh at the circus.
Contextual Sentence: The boy tried to be jocular so he told cheesy jokes and laughed at them.
7. irresolute pg. 29 (adj) Hesitant or not sure
Contextual Sentence: I was irresolute about the math problems I was supposed to do because I hadn't taken the practice test and I didn't study.
Contextual Sentence: The irresolute boy took ten minutes just to decide what flavor of icecream he wanted.
8. reproachful pg. 42 (adj) Expressing blame
Contextual Sentence: The teacher was reproachful and angry because I was chewing gum during class.
Contextual Sentence: The mean boy was reproachful to me all day because he knew I was the one who put gum on his chair.

Chapter 3

9. endearment pg. 49 (n) a word or an act showing love or affection
Contextual Sentence: 'Honey' is the endearment my mom uses when she wakes me up.
Contextual Sentence:My grandma's way of showing me endearment was to hug me.
10. novice pg. 49 (n) a person who has no previous experience with something.
Contextual Sentence: I was a complete novice when I tried to cook and burnt the food.
Contextual Sentence: I was a novice so I had to ask to know what to do.
11. depleted pg. 50 (adj) Reduced in amount or used up
Contextual Sentence: The cookie jar was depleted so I begged my mom to put more cookies in.
Contextual Sentence: Because my brother is such a pig, I was furious as I stared at the depleted pantry.
12. blissful pg. 55 (adj) full of joy
Contextual Sentence: My friend was blissful because her parents decided not to get divorced.
Contextual Sentence: I felt blissful joy as I sankmy teeth into the delicious chocolate chip cookie.
13. scornful pg. 57 (adj) feeling or showing disgust or anger.
Contextual Sentence:I was scornful when my sister broke my Ipod touch.
Contextual Sentence:My friend was scornful when she saw that her favorite brooch was broken.
14. flippant pg. 58 (adj) Treating lightly something serious
Contextual Sentence: The kids were flippant and foolish and went into the swamp filled with crocodiles.
Contextual Sentence: I was very flippant during the funeral so people glared at me.
15. atone pg. 59 (v) To make up for a wrong-doing.
Contextual Sentence:To atone for my brothers broken toy I took him to Toys-R-Us and let him buy anything he wanted
Contextual Sentence: To atone for punching me, my brother gave me $20.

Chapter 4

16. wraithlike pg. 63 (adj) Having a bodiless apperance
Contextual Sentence:The dementor was wraithlike and ghostly.
Contextual Sentence: The wraithlike black riders bore down on Frodo the hobbitt

Chapter 5

17. jostled pg. 77 (adj) Pushed roughly
Contextual Sentence:I felt jostled when I came of the world's largest and longest roller coaster.
Contextual Sentence:The jostled books fell off the table
18. careening pg. 84 (adj) To lean or tilt over on one side while in motion.
Contextual Sentence: After eating so much cake I was so dizzy that I went careening through the hall.
Contextual Sentence: The little boy was careening around the playground, running into every kid.
19. venomously pg. 84 (adv) Meanly; Producing spite and malice.
Contextual Sentence: Because my brother had broken my favorite toy I venomously told him to bug off.
Contextual Sentence: The evil queen venomously tried to kill the princess.
20. obscurity pg. 84 (n) The quality or state of not being clearly seen
Contextual Sentence: I peered into obscurity and I vaguely made out a wraith like figure.
Contextual Sentence: Maniac Magee is in obscurity of the dark, or so they say.

Chapter 6

21. disdain pg. 92 (vb) To look with scorn on.
Contextual Sentence: I looked with disdain on the tiny meal I was served at lunch.
22. inert pg. 93 (adj) Unable to move.
Contextual Sentence: My foot was inert because it was glued to the floor.
23. interminable pg. 95 (adj) Having no end.
Contextual Sentence: The hallway to the principles office seemed interminable.
24. furtive pg. 99 (adj) Done in a sneaky way
Contextual Sentence: The spy was very furtive, so he didn't get caught.
25. nocturnal pg. 101(adj) Occurring in the night
Contextual Sentence: The nocturnal owl was out at night.

Chapter 7

26. menial pg. 104 (adj) Lacking in interest or dignity
Contextual Sentence: I didn't want to do the menial job of mowing the lawn.
Contextual Sentence:I got a menial job at Mcdonalds that I did not like.
27. belligerent pg. 108 (adj) Showing eagerness to fight
Contextual Sentence: I was being belligerent at my brother because he shoved me.
Contextual Sentence:The belligerent soldier was eager to go into war.

Chapter 8

28. imbecile pg. 122 (n) an idiot
Contextual Sentence: I was being an imbecile as I told Mr. Bell that 5+5 was 13.
Contextual Sentence: The imbecile thought 0 + 0 was 20,000.
29. pervading pg. 125 (adj) spreading through all parts
Contextual Sentence: There was a pervading sense of dread coming out of the cave.
Contextual Sentence: There was a pervading sense of death as the boy approached the other boy with a shiny sword.
30. wrought pg. 127 (v) to work into shape by skill or effort
Contextual Sentence: I wrought the clay into a animal sculpture.
Contextual Sentence: I wrought the clay into a very detailed Michael Jackson.
31. admonishing pg. 130 (adj) giving gentle but serious criticism
Contextual Sentence: The teacher told the student in an admonishing tone not to draw on the walls.
Contextual Sentence:The admonishing teacher was strict but helpful.

Chapter 9

32. paltry pg. 138 (adj) petty, annoying, and worthless
Contextual Sentence: I removed the paltry bubble wrap, eager to see what was inside.
Contextual Sentence: My sister had bunch of candy and she gave me a paltry of it.
33. barter pg. 140 (v) to trade without the use of money
Contextual Sentence: I bartered a piece of gum for a chocolate bar.
Contextual Sentence: My brother and I bartered one pokemon card for another.
34. retorted pg. 141(v) to give a quick,witty reply
Contextual Sentence: When someone told me to move, I retorted a witty remark.
Contextual Sentence: I retorted fast to my friend when she said something offensive.
35. precarious pg. 145(adj) dangerously lacking in security
Contextual Sentence: I was in a precarious situation when I dangled from the cliff with one hand.
Contextual Sentence: The precarious playground was not allowed to children because it wasn't safe.

Chapter 10

36. staccato pg. 157(n) rapid disconnected sounds
Contextual Sentence: All I heard in the empty hall was the light staccato of my furtive feet as I snuck into the kitchen to grab a cookie.
Contextual Sentence: I heard the staccato of me feet when I went down the stairs.
37. conjured pg. 157(v) to produce as if by magic
Contextual Sentence: The witch was so hungry that she conjured up some KFC out of thin air, as if by magic.
Contextual Sentence: I conjured a pb and j sandwich out of my lunch bag.
38. fiasco pg. 160 (n) a complete failure
Contextual Sentence: The hard planned party was a fiasco because it rained, the cops came and everyone left.
Contextual Sentence: The party was a fiasco because older kids crashed it.
39. impudent pg. 161(adj) insolent, showing disrespect
Contextual Sentence: The impudent boy walked around the hall showing disrespect to everyone as he spat at teachers and the floor.
Contextual Sentence: The impudent boy showed no respect to anyone by interrupting everyone.
40. audacious pg. 165 (adj) very bold, daring, and fearless
Contextual Sentence: The audacious clown skydived off a plane without a parachute and he lived, the first time, but not the second.
Contextual Sentence: The audacious kid went on the roller coaster that made every person go on it throw up.

Chapter 11

41. kindle pg. 169 (v) To set on fire
Contextual Sentence: I tried to kindle the torch but it would not set on fire because it was too wet.
Contextual Sentence: I kindled a torch, when we were camping, so I could go in the woods and go look for ghosts.
42. ravenously pg. 173 (adv) In a way that shows eagerness for food.
Contextual Sentence: The starving boy bit ravenously into the food because he had not eaten in so long and he was desperate to satisfy his gnawing stomach.
Contextual Sentence:I ate ravenously because I had not eaten in so long
43. malice pg. 181 (n) the desire to cause destruction and injury for fun
Contextual Sentence: The villain was full of malice as he greedily planned to kill everyone in the building.
Contextual Sentence: The evil step-mother queen tried to kill the princess with malice.

Chapter 12

44. tactfully pg. 185 (adv) In a way that does not offend anyone.
Contextual Sentence: When my dad asked me if he looked fat in his new suit I tactfully told him that it was a very nice color.
Contextual Sentence: When my friend asked me if I liked her new shoes I tactfully said "I like that type of shoe."
45. dwindled pg. 194 (v) to become less
Contextual Sentence: The food supply in our pantry slowly dwindled because my parents would not go shopping and my brother was constantly reducing it.
Contextual Sentence: All the food in the refrigerator slowly dwindled because of my brother.
46. shrewd pg. 196 (adj) Showing quick cleverness
Contextual Sentence: The shrewd boy was always getting out of trouble.
Contextual Sentence: The spy had to be shrewd to do his job.

Chapter 13

47. ominously pg. 202 (adv) forwbading and predicting evil to come.
Contextual Sentence: The cave was ominously dark as the adventurer crept inside.
48. hillock pg. 204 (n) A small hill
Contextual Sentence: We had a fun picnic on top of the small hillock on the field.
Contextual Sentence: As we drove through the country I saw several hillocks in the distance.

Chapter 14

49. futile pg. 211 (adj) completely ineffective; having no results
Contextual Sentence: It was a futile effort to try to take all the water out of the flooding basement because the water was coming in way too fast.
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50. conviction pg. 212 (n) a strong belief or opinion
Contextual Sentence: I felt a strong conviction that the teacher was purposefully trying to pile our class with more homework than all the other classes.
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51. vengeful pg. 212 (adj) seeking revenge
Contextual Sentence: The villain felt vengeful and planned to murder the man who had foiled his evil plan last time.
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52. serenity pg. 216 (n) complete joyful happiness
Contextual Sentence: I felt serenity as I sat on the calming beach and sampled chocolate.
Contextual Sentence: I felt serenity when I went on vacation.
53. eloquent pg. 218 (adj) vividly expressive and passionate
Contextual Sentence: The eloquent speaker passionately told his speech and everyone listened to him intently and believed him.
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54. homage pg. 218 (n) Respect; honor
Contextual Sentence: I show homage to my mother by giving her flowers and chocolate.
Contextual Sentence: I showed homage to the president when I met him.

Chapter 15

55. coherently pg. 224 (adv) logically; showing unity in thought.
Contextual Sentence: The robots kept coherently completing each others sentences.
Contextual Sentence: My dentist coherently explained 'braces' so I would know what I would be getting in my mouth.
56. bedecking pg. 229 (v) to dress in a showy way
Contextual Sentence: On the queen's wedding, her servants were bedecking her with fancy jewels such as heavy golden chains, earrings, neclaces, and bracelets.
Contextual Sentence: I will be bedecking the house for Easter.
57. dismayed pg. 229 (adj) losing hope
Contextual Sentence: The boy was confident about his test score, but he was dismayed when the teacher said that the grades were not very good.
Contextual Sentence: I was dismayed when I found out we had school the day it snowed!
58. insolent pg. 231 (adj) disrespectful and rude.
Contextual Sentence: The insolent boy rudely stuck his tongue out at everyone and he never apoligized for anything.
Contextual Sentence: The insolent boy was very rude and talked when the teacher was talking.
59. brandishing pg. 231 (v) To shake or wave in a threatening manner.
Contextual Sentence: The soldier was brandishing his sword and held it to the captive's neck, threatening to slit his throat.
Contextual Sentence: I brandished the gun at the man so he would not kidnap me, or else he'd die!

Chapter 16

60. skeptical pg. 240 (adj) relating to or marked by doubt.
Contextual Sentence: I was skeptical when my brother said he would give me $10.00 for cleaning his room because he never keeps his word.
Contextual Sentence: I was skeptical when my brother bet me $5.00 that he could clean his room in five minutes.