Heart of Darkness Vocabulary

inscrutable

(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

rout

an overwhelming defeat

luminous

bright; brilliant; glowing

interminable

unending; endless

ascetic

One who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury

diaphanous

lightweight and transparent

venerable

respected because of age

lurid

causing shock or horror

somnamulist

sleepwalker

imperturbably

unexcitedly, calmly

sententiously

given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous

enigma

a puzzle; a mystery

lugubrious

looking or sounding sad and dismal

recrudescence

new outbreak after a period of inactivity; revival

declivity

A downward slope; a dip

insidious

intended to deceive or entrap; sly, treacherous

philantrophic

humanitarian; benevolent; relating to monetary generosity

propitiatory

conciliatory, appeasing, mitigating

insolence

rude and disrespectful behavior

rapacity

aggressive greed

beguile

To deceive; to charm; to enchant

moribund

at the point of death; near-death