Vocabulary for A Christmas Carol Pages 37-54 November 19, 2009 Work with your group and classmates to study this vocabulary chart. OMINOUS Part of speech: Adj Definition: Foretelling evil or danger Sample sentence: The shaking of the ground gave an ominous feeling. PROVISION Part of speech: Noun Definition: Supply of necessary items (like food) Sample sentence: We had provisions in our emergency pantry. DESTITUTE Part of speech: Adj Definition: Sample sentence: Very poor Many people were destitute after the flood destroyed all their homes and factories. IDLE Part of speech: Adj Definition: Unemployed; not busy Sample sentence: The idle person had nothing to do. MELANCHOLY Part of speech: Definition: adj Morose, sullen, gloomy Sample sentence: The boy was melancholy when his dog ran away. PHENOMENON Part of speech: Definition: Sample sentence: Noun An extraordinary person or thing; an unusual event or occurrence. Seeing the angel was a phenomenon HEARSE Part of speech: Definition: Noun A vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or cemetery Sample sentence: The hearse carried the coffin to the cemetary. CRAVAT Part of speech: Noun Definition: A necktie Sample sentence: My dad wore a cravat to work. GRUEL Part of speech: Definition: Noun A thin, watery porridge Sample sentence: Since we ran out of Cheerios, we ate gruel for breakfast. SPECTER/PHANTOM/APPARITION Part of speech: Noun Definition: A ghost Sample sentence: The specter said “boo!” LINGER Part of speech: Definition: Verb To stay back; be slow in leaving Sample sentence: The guy lingered at the party because he did not want to leave. INCESSANT Part of speech: Definition: Adj Continuing or flowing without interruption Sample sentence: The river’s flow was incessant.