A Christmas Carol Vocabulary List

agonised

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"If there is any person in the town who feels emotion caused by this man's death," said Scrooge, quite agonised, "show that person to me, Spirit!

bareness

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There was an earthly savour in the air, a chilly bareness in the place, which associated itself somehow with too much getting up by candle-light, and not too much to eat.

barer

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It opened before them, and disclosed a long, bare, melancholy room, made barer still by lines of plain deal forms and desks.

bedpost

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It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.

beetling

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Far in this den of infamous resort, there was a low-browed, beetling shop, below a pent-house roof, where iron, old rags, bottles, bones, and greasy offal were bought.

behindhand

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And their assembled friends, being not a bit behindhand, roared out lustily.

bitterer

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No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.

blindman

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There was first a game at blindman's buff.

blithest

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And Scrooge said often afterwards that, of all the blithe sounds he had ever heard, those were the blithest in his ears.

bonneted

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Scrooge reverently disclaimed all intention to offend or any knowledge of having wilfully "bonneted" the Spirit at any period of his life.

charwoman

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"Let the charwoman alone to be the first!"

chirrup

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Chirrup, Ebenezer!"

chrysolite

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Dickens gave his first formal expression to his Christmas thoughts in his series of small books, the first of which was the famous "Christmas Carol," the one perfect chrysolite.

clanked

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The Ghost, on hearing this, set up another cry, and clanked its chain so hideously in the dead silence of the night, that the Ward would have been justified in indicting it for a nuisance.

deadest

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I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.

disgorged

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Alleys and archways, like so many cesspools, disgorged their offences of smell, and dirt, and life upon the straggling streets; and the whole quarter reeked with crime, with filth and misery.

dwarfish

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inquired Scrooge; observant of its dwarfish stature.

engrosses

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I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master passion, Gain, engrosses you.

enshrouded

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Whether these creatures faded into mist, or mist enshrouded them, he could not tell.

foggier

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Foggier yet, and colder!

frisked

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He had frisked into the sitting-room, and was now standing there: perfectly winded.

fruiterer

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The poulterers' shops were still half open, and the fruiterers' were radiant in their glory.

gladsome

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Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, "My dear Scrooge, how are you?

hallo

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But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for.

halloa

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Halloa!

halloo

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Halloo!"

heartier

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Nothing could be heartier.

imploringly

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he said imploringly.

indicting

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The Ghost, on hearing this, set up another cry, and clanked its chain so hideously in the dead silence of the night, that the Ward would have been justified in indicting it for a nuisance.

intercedes

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"Good Spirit," he pursued, as down upon the ground he fell before it: "your nature intercedes for me, and pities me.

ironmongery

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I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.

jiffy

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He was on his stool in a jiffy; driving away with his pen, as if he were trying to overtake nine o'clock.

jocund

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The jocund travellers came on; and as they came, Scrooge knew and named them every one.

laocoon

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cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoon of himself with his stockings.

lustiest

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He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard.

merriest

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said the child, opening her eyes; "and are never to come back here; but first we're to be together all the Christmas long, and have the merriest time in all the world."

misanthropic

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The water-plug being left in solitude, its overflowings suddenly congealed, and turned to misanthropic ice.

mislaying

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His hands were busy with his garments all this time; turning them inside out, putting them on upside down, tearing them, mislaying them, making them parties to every kind of extravagance.

pastrycook

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A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that!

poulterer

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Poulterers' and grocers' trades became a splendid joke: a glorious pageant, with which it was next to impossible to believe that such dull principles as bargain and sale had anything to do.

proffering

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Meanwhile the fog and darkness thickened so, that people ran about with flaring links, proffering their services to go before horses in carriages, and conduct them on their way.

relents

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"If he relents," she said, amazed, "there is!

scrooge

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Whoever sees but a clever ghost story in the "Christmas Carol" misses its chief charm and lesson, for there is a different meaning in the movements of Scrooge and his attendant spirits.

stomachache

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In came a fiddler with a music-book, and went up to the lofty desk, and made an orchestra of it, and tuned like fifty stomachaches.

thankee

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"Thankee!"

underdone

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You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato.

unwatched

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A pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the bed: and on it, plundered and bereft, unwatched, unwept, uncared for, was the body of this man.

unwept

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A pale light, rising in the outer air, fell straight upon the bed: and on it, plundered and bereft, unwatched, unwept, uncared for, was the body of this man.

waggish

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Scrooge was not much in the habit of cracking jokes, nor did he feel in his heart by any means waggish then.

wolfish

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Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility.