Vocabulary Words for Beric the Briton
by G. A. Henty

Beric the Briton is a novel written by G. A. Henty that tells of the Roman invasion of Britain through the eyes of a "half-Romanized" Briton, Beric. Here are vocabulary words for Beric the Briton, and links for Quizlet flashcards for each chapter.

Chapter 1

piecemeal - in a fragmentary or unsystematic manner

rapacity - given to taking by force or plundering

malediction - curse

tenacious - stubborn

raiment - clothing

decurion - a Roman officer in charge of ten men

evincing - demonstrating

dogged - persistent

oratory - rhetoric, or public speaking

laudations - praises

villa - an ancient Roman upper-class house in the country

 

Quizlet flashcards for Beric the Briton, Chapter 1

 

Chapter 2

atrium - the inner courtyard of a Roman house, open to the sky

aperture - a small opening through which light is admitted

impluvium - an ornamental rain water basin

vestibule - a large reception room or entrance

tablinum - the Master's study or office in a Roman house

peristylium - a garden surrounded by columns

triclinium - the dining room in an upper-class Roman house

oecus - a room in a Roman house that could be used occasionally for banquets

treatise - a formal exposition, or written discourse

consuls - the highest elected political officers of the Roman Republic

 

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Chapter 3

mead - a wine made with honey

coracles - a small rounded boat made of hides and pitch, stretched over a wicker frame

cordon - a chain of sentinels enclosing or guarding some place or thing

inroads - an advance into enemy territory, or an attack

scourge - a source of trouble or affliction

dais - a raised platform

tribute - a tax imposed by one nation on another

bard - a poet

vice - an immoral or wicked habit

effeminate - possessing qualities considered unsuitably feminine

ludicrous - absurd or laughable

 

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Chapter 4

vehemently - strongly or passionately

apace - quickly

alacrity - enthusiasm

overborne - dominated

redress - compensation

baulked - hindered

twoscore - forty

panoply - an impressive array of ceremonial attire

baldric - a wide belt used to carry a sword

odious - hateful

dauntless - fearless

auguries - an omen or a foreboding

 

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Chapter 5

incessantly - without stopping

mien - bearing or expression

fillet - a narrow band

conch - a trumpetlike instrument made from a seashell

maxim - a saying or phrase accepted to be true on its own merit

effusion - outpouring

combustibles - materials that are easily set on fire

vellum - a fine parchment

meritorious - deserving of merit or praise

 

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Chapter 6:

hew - to chop or cut away at

mar - to damage or spoil

dispirit - to discourage

colonnade - a structure supported by rows of columns

tumultuously - in a noisy and disorderly manner

compensate - to make up for

javelin - a light spear designed for throwing

consternation - alarm or dismay

palisade - a fortified wall

fickle - changeable

spoil - loot or plunder

 

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Chapter 7

knoll - a small hill

promontory - a natural elevation of land that extends out into a body of water

isthmus - a narrow strip of land with water on both sides

bivouac - to camp

imprecations - curses

asylum - a refuge or shelter

sorties - a sudden attack from a defensive place

causeway - a main road

lament - to express sorrow, or grieve

formidable - inspiring fear or dread

 

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Chapter 8

swarthy - dark-skinned

denoting - indicating

morass - a marsh or mire

contrive - to plan or invent

tenanted - inhabited

score - twenty

convey - carry or transport

abbatis - a defensive line formed by felled trees with sharpened ends facing the enemy

embark - to set out

in concert - in unison

 

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Chapter 9

orifice - a hole, or an opening

resin - a very sticky tree sap

withy - a strong flexible willow stem

sore straits - great need

retard - to delay or hold back

enticed - tempted

check - hinder

impetus - force

derisive - mocking

denude - to uncover, or make bare

 

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Chapter 10

flotilla - a fleet of small boats

pattens - shoes with raised soles that raise the wearer's feet above wet or muddy ground

allay - to relieve or put at rest

extirpation - to destroy or exterminate

ruse - a trick

aggrieved - feeling angry or resentful because of unjust treatment

repining - fretting or complaining

colloquy - a conversation

leech - a doctor or healer

tractable - easily led or managed

 

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Chapter 11

onerous - burdensome or oppressive

inured - accustomed

languid - listless, or without spirit

patron - one who supports or protects

sect - a religious group that deviates from the dominant religion of the area

evince - to manifest or make evident

billets - short sections of logs, used for fuel

alleged - declared or asserted

pervert - to distort or misapply

insurrection - rebellion or resistance

 

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Chapter 12

dissolute - given to improper or immoral behavior

spoliation - the act of plundering or seizing another's property or possessions

superfluous - excessive or unnecessary

retiarius - a nimble gladiator armed with a net to entangle his opponent, and a trident to finish him off

trident - a three-pronged spear

caestus - an ancient battle glove, often studded with metal

gratis - free of charge

licentious - without moral discipline

manumitted - to have been formally freed from slavery

prognostications - prophesies

lanista - the owner and trainer of gladiators

ludi - Roman public games, or festivals

braggadocio - someone whose behavior is arrogant or boastful

 

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Chapter 13

caestus - an ancient battle glove, often studded with metal

retiardius - a nimble gladiator armed with a net to entangle his opponent, and a trident to finish him off

weild - to handle with skill

degradation - humiliation or disgrace

malefactors - culprit or criminal

escapade - a caprice, or reckless adventure

rated - scolded

deluge - to flood with water

conflagration - an extensive, uncontrolled fire

impressed - drafted

 

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Chapter 14

prodigious - remarkably large

rendezvous - a prearranged place for assembling or meeting

rookeries - crowded and dilapidated public housing

thoroughfares - main roads

immured - confined or imprisoned

abjure - to formally reject or renounce a belief

avowal - a declaration or acknowledgment

ballista - a catapult

compunction - guilt or uneasiness

inert - motionless

 

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Chapter 15

lictors - Roman officers who acted as a bodyguard

clemency - leniency or mercy

physique - the size, shape, and muscular development of a person's body

retiarius - a gladiator who used a net to entangle his opponent and a trident to finish him off

prowess - exceptional skill, bravery, or strength

palanquin - a covered litter, usually for a single passenger, carried by poles resting on men's shoulders

lectica - a sort of litter, like a portable couch

reheda - a four-wheeled carriage used in ancient Rome

votaries - a devoted follower of a religion

derision - mockery or ridicule

vying - competing

 

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Chapter 16

gravity - seriousness

prodigal - reckless, or extravagant

plinths - a block or a slab that serves as a base for a column, vase, or statue

venal - corruptible, or able to be bribed

proscriptions - banishments

intrigue - a plot or a scheme

fickle - changeable

sect - a religious group

affixed - secured or attached

besought - begged or implored

fidelity - faithfulness

 

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Chapter 17

palatable - agreeable

convivial - festive

profligacy - shameless wastefulness

saturnalia - the ancient Roman festival of Saturn, celebrated by unrestrained merrymaking and revelry

fetes - a holiday or festive celebration

sponsalia - a formal betrothal

dotard - a fool

catacombs - underground burial places

asylum - place of refuge

amphitheatre - A circular or oval building where tiers of seats center around an open arena

 

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Chapter 18

pettishly - in a peevish or irritable manner

animosity - a strong feeling of dislike or ill-will

purporting - appearing to be

carousals - drunken, noisy feasts or gatherings

chaplets - wreathes or garlands worn on the head

paragon - an example of excellence; an ideal

fens - a marshy lowland region of East England

brigands - bandits or robbers

Apennines - a mountain range extending across the length of Italy

akin - alike, sharing similarities

disaffected - discontented or disloyal towards a government or authority

 

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Chapter 19

foemen - enemies in war

fatiguing - tiring

imperative - pressing, impossible to evade

promontory - a high ridge of land or rock projecting out into a body of water

banditti - companies of bandits

scrupulous - conscientious, attentive to detail

rendezvous - a prearranged meeting place

magazines - a stock of provisions or goods

hoplites - heavily armed foot soldiers

cordon - a line of people stationed around an area to enclose or guard it

 

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Chapter 20

zeal - enthusiastic devotion to a cause

clemency - leniency and compassion

smelting - fusing or melting ore

crucifixion - a method of execution by nailing or binding to a cross, usually by the hands and feet

pestilence - a deadly epidemic or disease

victualling - supplying with food and provisions

annihilate - to destroy or wipe out

fastness - a fortified place, or stronghold

trafficking - engaging in trade and commerce

mollified - pacified

 

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Chapter 21

augury - an omen

subsist - to exist or survive

craven - a coward

adherents - followers

amnesty - a formal pardon for political offences

demagogue - a leader of the common people who obtains power by appealing to their emotions and prejudices

arbitrate - to settle disputes between two parties

redress - to make amends or set right

ken - perception or understanding

 

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Vocabulary Words for Beric the Briton, by G.A. Henty

 

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