English Vocab Beowulf Flashcard Example #70044

caesura
pause in the middle of a line of poetic verse
kenning
old english language usually two words connected with a dash that has a metaphorical/literal meaning
host
a large number of people or things
epic
a long, narrative poem that chronicles the life of a hero; series of battles and conflicts
lair
a secret or private place in which a person seeks concealment or seclusion
lament
a passionate expression of grief or sorrow
loathsome
causing hatred or disgust; repulsive
purge
rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release
imperious
assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering
reparation
to make amends for something;
reprisal
an act of retaliation
solace
comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness
exult
show or feel elation or jubilation, esp. as the result of a success
fetter
a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles; a restraint on someone’s freedom
niggardly
meager, scanty, not generous
surging
a sudden powerful forward or upward movement, esp. by a crowd or by a natural force such as the waves or tide
scop
a singer in old english times who had to remember events/history and sing a tale of those events
litotes
a steep understatement
alliteration
repeating the same consonant sound or cluster of consonant sounds in the same line(death of demons)

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