This vocabulary follows the rules of any vocabulary assignment.  The twenty words can be found throughout Frankenstein, and their memorization and comprehension can help with an overall understanding of the text.

The WordsEdit

Dirge: a song of lamentation; a slow, mournful piece of music

Benevolent: having a charitable nature; performing and act of kindness

Adversity: hard times, misfortune

Emulate: to strive to equal or excel; especially through imitation

Languid: lacking energy or vitality; weak, listless

Sophism: a seemigly reasonable argument that is actually invalid

Obstinate: fixed and yielding (as in an opinion of course) despite reason or persuasion; stubborn

Vacillate: sway, fluctuate; to incline first to one course or opinion and then to another; waiver

Precarious: dependent on uncertain conditions; dangerously insecure; unstable

Commiserate: to feel or express pity; sympathize

Ephermal: lasting only for a brief time, short-lived

Ardor: intensity of emotion, passion, or desire

Docile: easily taught, led, or managed

Derive: to receive or obtain from a source; infer, deduce

Respite: a short interval of rest or relief

Pretence: a false appearance or action intended to deceive

Impediment: a hinderence; obstruction; something that stands in the way

Wretch: a miserable, unfortunate, or unhappy person

Procure: to obtain; acquire

Entreat: to ask earnestly; implore

Parts of SpeechEdit


  • Dirge
  • Adversity
  • Sophism
  • Ardor
  • Respite
  • Pretence
  • Impediment
  • Wretch


  • Emulate
  • Vacillate
  • Commiserate
  • Derive
  • Procure
  • Entreat


  • Benevolent
  • Languid
  • Obstinate
  • Precarious
  • Ephemeral
  • Docile