The Moonlit Road

the moonlit roadIt will soon be again, so here is another famous ghost story. In this one by Ambrose Bierce, a rich man has a loving wife who he doesn’t trust. He sets a trap that leads to her murder, and her unfortunate ghost accidentally sets off events that ruin the lives of both the rich man and their only son.

Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

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Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: , , , , , , , graveyard, , jealous, medium, , , , moonlit, , , punish, , , strangle, tense, terror, and .


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halloween(n: Halloween pl Halloweens) A festival celebrated on October 31 each year in the United States, Canada, and the Britain where children go to houses dressed up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc. and ask for candy. (ตอนเย็นหรือคืนวันที่ 31 ตุลาคม; วันปล่อยผี) 7000

crime(n: crime pl crimes) An act that is against the law and for which someone can be punished by the government. (อาชญากรรม) 2000
(n: criminal pl criminals) A person who does something that is against the law; a person who commits a crime. (ผู้ที่ทำผิดกฎหมาย) 2000

evil(n: evil, evils) 1. (noncount) The force of things that are morally bad. He believed that the world was full of evil. (สิ่งที่ชั่วร้าย)
2. Something that is harmful or causes injury to someone. They were talking about the evils of alcohol. (ความเลวร้าย)
(adj: evil, eviler, evilest) Very bad; wicked; sinful. (ชั่วร้าย) 3000

fear(n: fear plural fears) A feeling of being scared or frightened; a worried feeling caused by being aware of danger or something unpleasant. (ความกลัว) 2000

gentle(adj: gentle) 1. [of people] Behaving, talking etc in a soft, kind, pleasant way. The doctor was very gentle. (อ่อนโยน) 2. Not strong or rough. A gentle wind. (ค่อย ๆ; นุ่มนวล) 3. [of hills] Rising gradually. A gentle slope (ค่อย ๆ)
(adv: gently) In a gentle way. (อย่างสุภาพ) 3000

graveyard(n: graveyard pl graveyards) A piece of ground where the bodies of dead people are buried; a cemetery. (สุสาน) 5000

jealous(adj: jealous) 1. Feeling or showing that you want to be like another person or have something that another person has; envy. (อิจฉา) 2. Feeling or showing unhappiness or anger because you think that someone you love (such as your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.) likes or is liked by someone else. (ขี้หึง) 4000

(n: Jr or Jnr) 1. Abbreviation for Junior. 2. An extra word in the name, given to a boy who has the same first name as his father. (คนที่อ่อนอาวุโสกว่า) 3000

(adj: medium) Middle or average in size, quality etc. Would you like a small, medium or large drink? (กลาง; ปานกลาง)
(n: medium pl mediums) A person who claims to be able to communicate with the spirits of dead people. (ผู้เป็นสื่อกลางระหว่างวิญญาณและมนุษย์) 3000

memory(n: memory pl memories) Something from the past that is remembered. (ความจำ) 2000

moonlit(adj: moonlit) Lighted by the moon. (สว่าง ไป ด้วย แสงจันทร์)

murder(n: murder pl murders) The crime of deliberately killing a person. (การฆาตกรรม) 2000

pain(n: pain pl pains) The physical feeling caused by sickness, injury, or mental or emotional hurt. He felt a sharp pain in his back. It caused him pain to talk about his wife's death. (ความเจ็บปวด)
(adj: painful; painless) Causing pain. A painful injury. (ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเจ็บปวด) Without pain. Painless childbirth. (ซึ่งไม่เจ็บปวด) 2000

pray(v: pray, prays, prayed, praying) 1. To speak to God or someone or something that has special powers in order to express thanks or ask for something. 2. To hope or wish very much for something to happen. (สวดมนต์) 2000
(n: prayer; pl prayers) The words spoken to God when you give thanks or ask for something. (การสวดมนต์; การภาวนา) 2000

punish(v: punish, punishes, punished, punishing) To make (someone) suffer for a crime or for something done that is wrong. (ลงอาญา)
(n: punishment pl punishments) The act or way of making (someone) suffer for a crime or for something done that is wrong. (การลงโทษ) 3000

secret(adj: secret) Kept hidden from others; known to only a few people. (ความลับ)
(n: secret pl secrets) A fact or piece of information that is kept hidden from other people. Their marriage is a secret. (เก็บเป็นความลับ) 2000

servant(n: servant pl servants) Someone who is hired to do household or personal duties [such as cleaning and cooking]. (คนรับใช้) 1000

shadow(n: shadow pl shadows) A dark shape on the ground, a wall, etc. caused by an object blocking the light. (เงา) 3000

shake(v: shake, shakes, shook, shaken, shaking) To move back and forth or up and down with short, quick movements. (สั่น) 2000

strangle(v: strangle, strangles, strangled, strangling) To kill (a person or animal) by squeezing the throat. (ฆ่าโดยการบีบคอ) 6000

tense(adj: tense, tenser, tensest) Nervous and not able to relax. (ตึงเครียด)
(n: tense pl tenses) In English grammar, a form of a verb that shows the time of its action in relation to the time of speaking. (กาล) 3000

terror(n: terror, noncount) A very strong feeling of fear. The sound of guns being fired fills me with terror. There was a look of terror on her face. (ความหวาดกลัว) 4000
(adj: terrified) Very scared or afraid; filled with terror. (ทำให้น่ากลัวมาก) 3000

throat(n: throat pl throats) 1. The front part of the neck. (คอ) 2. The back part of the mouth connecting the openings of the stomach, lungs and nose. (ช่องคอ) 3000

bead(n: bead pl beads) A small, usually round piece of glass, wood, stone, etc., that has a hole through its center and that is put on a string with other similar pieces and worn as jewelry, etc. 5000

(n: coward pl cowards) Someone who is too afraid to do what is right or expected; someone who is not at all brave or courageous. I am such a coward - I hate going to the dentist. (คนขี้ขลาด) 7000
The adjective form (to describe a coward or something that a coward does or might do) is cowardly.

cruel(adj: cruel, crueler, cruelest) Used to describe someone who hurts others and does not feel sorry about it (โหดร้าย), or something that causes or helps to cause pain or suffering. (ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเจ็บปวด)
(n: cruelty pl cruelties) 1. Something which causes pain or suffering. 2. The quality or state of being cruel. (การกระทำที่โหดร้าย) 3000

curious(adj: curious) 1. Interested and wanting to learn or know more about something or someone. I'm curious to find out whether he passed his exams. (อยากรู้อยากเห็น) 2. Strange, unusual, or unexpected. She found a curious old clock in the attic. (แปลก) 3000

(v: ease, eases, eased, easing) To reduce or take away pain, trouble or worry. A hot bath eased the pain in his tired legs. (ไม่มีความเจ็บปวดหรือความกังวล) 3000

(n: eternity, noncount) 1. Time without an end. She promised to love him for all eternity. 2. A state that is said to come after death and never ends. Some people believe that sinners will spend eternity in hell. (นิรันดร) 4000

(adj: filthy) Very dirty. (ซกมก) 4000

invisible(adj: invisible) Not able to be seen; impossible to see. (ซึ่งมองไม่เห็น) 3000

(adj: melancholy) Feeling or showing sadness; very unhappy. (เศร้า) 13000

mercy(n: mercy pl mercies) 1. Kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation. 2. Kind or forgiving treatment towards a person who is in one's power and should be treated severely. (ความเมตตา) 5000

miserable(adj: miserable) 1. Feeling very unhappy, sick or unwell. (ทุกข์ยาก) 2. Very poor in quantity or quality. (น่าเวทนา) 3000

penalty(n: penalty pl penalties) 1. Punishment for breaking a rule or law. The ship owner had to pay a big penalty for spilling oil.. (การลงโทษ) 2. In sport, a punishment or disadvantage given to a team or player for breaking a rule of the game. (โทษทัณฑ์) 3000

poor(n: poverty, noncount) The state of having little money or owning few things; the state of being poor. (ความจน) 4000

remote(adj: remote) 1. Far away in time or place; far from any (other) village, town etc. (ไกล) 2. Not friendly or involved with other people; distant or cold in manner. 3000

soul(n: soul pl souls) The spirit; the non-physical part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever. (วิญญาณ) 3000

wreck(n: wreck pl wrecks) A vehicle, airplane, etc., that has been badly damaged or destroyed. (สิ่งที่เสียหาย) 3000
(n: nervous wreck) [idiom] A person who is suffering from stress or emotional exhaustion, or is extremely worried about something.

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