Chapters 1–6

Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life in a televised survival competition. Learn these words from the first book of Suzanne Collins's dystopian trilogy.

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  1. entrails
    internal organs collectively
    Sometimes, when I clean a kill, I feed Buttercup the entrails.
  2. supple
    moving and bending with ease
    I swing my legs off the bed and slide into my hunting boots. Supple leather that has molded to my feet.
  3. deterrent
    something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
    In theory, it's supposed to be electrified twenty four hours a day as a deterrent to the predators that live in the woods—packs of wild dogs, lone cougars, bears—that used to threaten our streets.
  4. indifferent
    showing no care or concern in attitude or action
    So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts.
  5. pelt
    the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
    But I got a decent price for his pelt.
  6. verve
    an energetic style
    I finish with equal verve.
  7. apothecary
    a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs
    They ran an apothecary shop in the nicer part of District 12.
  8. teeming
    abundantly filled with especially living things
    From this place, we are invisible but have a clear view of the valley, which is teeming with summer life, greens to gather, roots to dig, fish iridescent in the sunlight.
  9. iridescent
    varying in color when seen in different lights
    From this place, we are invisible but have a clear view of the valley, which is teeming with summer life, greens to gather, roots to dig, fish iridescent in the sunlight.
  10. drab
    lacking brightness or color; dull
    Today her drab school outfit has been replaced by an expensive white dress, and her blonde hair is done up with a pink ribbon.
  11. cumulative
    increasing by successive addition
    And the entries are cumulative. So now, at the age of sixteen, my name will be in the reaping twenty times.
  12. smoldering
    showing scarcely suppressed anger
    As we walk, I glance over at Gale's face, still smoldering underneath his stony expression.
  13. racketeer
    someone who commits crimes for profit
    Most refuse dealing with the racketeers but carefully, carefully.
  14. terse
    brief and to the point
    We all exchange terse nods then focus our attention on the temporary stage that is set up before the Justice Building.
  15. sustenance
    a source of materials to nourish the body
    He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained.
  16. torturous
    extremely painful or unpleasant
    To make it humiliating as well as torturous, the Capitol requires us to treat the Hunger Games as a festivity, a sporting event pitting every district against the others.
  17. vise
    a holding device attached to a workbench
    She's wrapped her skinny arms around me like a vice.
    The book uses the spelling vice, but vise is more common in American English.
  18. dissent
    the act of protesting
    So instead of acknowledging applause, I stand there unmoving while they take part in the boldest form of dissent they can manage.
  19. condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
    Silence. Which says we do not agree. We do not condone. All of this is wrong.
  20. straggle
    wander from a direct or straight course
    Who hasn't seen the victims? Older people who can't work. Children from a family with too many to feed. Those injured in the mines. Straggling through the streets.
  21. threadbare
    thin and tattered with age
    I had been in town, trying to trade some threadbare old baby clothes of Prim's in the public market, but there were no takers.
  22. keel over
    fall suddenly; collapse
    I didn't pick it up for fear I would keel over and be unable to regain my feet.
  23. sodden
    wet through and through; thoroughly wet
    I remember the outlines of garden beds not yet planted for the spring, a goat or two in a pen, one sodden dog tied to a post, hunched defeated in the muck.
  24. bludgeon
    strike with a club
    "They don't always have bows," I say, thinking of the year there were only horrible spiked maces that the tributes had to bludgeon one another to death with.
  25. blather
    foolish gibberish
    It's mostly a lot of blather about what we owe the Capitol.
  26. concoction
    any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
    But if I can hold down Greasy Sae's concoction of mice meat, pig entrails, and tree bark—a winter specialty—I'm determined to hang on to this.
  27. demeanor
    the way a person behaves toward other people
    She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she's very like Prim in size and demeanor.
  28. decrepit
    worn and broken down by hard use
    Only when she mounts the stage and they ask for volunteers, all you can hear is the wind whistling through the decrepit buildings around her.
  29. mentor
    a wise and trusted guide and advisor
    "Your mentor has a lot to learn about presentation. A lot about televised behavior."
  30. gnarled
    old and twisted and covered in lines
    And some small gnarled place inside me hated her for her weakness, for her neglect, for the months she had put us through.
  31. tureen
    large deep serving dish with a cover
    A tureen of fruit sits in ice to keep it chilled.
  32. loam
    a rich soil consisting of sand, clay and organic materials
    This has included scrubbing down my body with a gritty loam that has removed not only dirt but at least three layers of skin, turning my nails into uniform shapes, and primarily, ridding my body of hair.
  33. concession
    the act of yielding
    The only concession to self-alteration seems to be metallic gold eyeliner that has been applied with a light hand.
  34. affectation
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    "Hello, Katniss. I'm Cinna, your stylist," he says in a quiet voice somewhat lacking in the Capitol's affectations.
  35. complementary
    acting as a part that completes another part
    "So, Katniss, about your costume for the opening ceremonies. My partner, Portia, is the stylist for your fellow tribute, Peeta. And our current thought is to dress you in complementary costumes," says Cinna.
  36. becoming
    displaying or setting off to best advantage
    Since the baggy miner's jumpsuits are not particularly becoming, our tributes usually end up in skimpy outfits and hats with headlamps.
  37. unitard
    a garment that covers the body from shoulders to thighs
    I'm in a simple black unitard that covers me from ankle to neck.
  38. tangible
    perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
    A hundred hands reach up to catch my kiss, as if it were a real and tangible thing.
  39. prestigious
    exerting influence by reason of high status
    On the buildings that surround the Circle, every window is packed with the most prestigious citizens of the Capitol.
  40. deftly
    in an agile manner
    I try to focus on the talk, which has turned to our interview costumes, when a girl sets a gorgeous-looking cake on the table and deftly lights it.
Created on May 17, 2018 (updated October 1, 2018)

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