Why should you read Dante’s “Divine Comedy”? - Sheila Marie Orfano

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


An allegorical story is one that is written in a symbolic or figurative way. When you read an allegorical story, you are not actually supposed to understand the meaning of the story.

  • The story is allegorical, which means that the characters are not actually real.
  • The story is about a journey, and the characters are allegorical representations of different parts of the journey.

An allegory is a story that is based on a real event or thing, but it is not actually true. Allegories often use a dramatic or symbolic story to teach a moral lesson.

  • The allegory is about a man who is trying to find his way in the world.
  • The allegory is about the dangers of war.

To scathing is to criticize harshly. When you scathingly critique someone's work, you are usually very critical.

  • The scathing review was full of negative comments.
  • The scathing review left no room for interpretation.

Staunchly means strongly. People who are staunchly opposed to something usually have very strong feelings about it.

  • The politician is staunchly opposed to the new law.
  • The scientist is staunchly opposed to the theory that the Earth is round.

Simony is the act of giving money or other gifts to a priest in order to gain favor or influence. It is often considered a very bad thing, because it can corrupt the priest and damage the church.

  • The priest was charged with simony because he accepted a lot of money from the people.
  • The church is facing a lot of simony because people are giving money to the priests in order to get favors.

Nepotism is the practice of giving jobs or promotions to family members or friends. Nepotism is usually illegal, but it can sometimes be hard to fight because it's difficult to prove that someone was unfairly given a position.

  • The company is accused of nepotism because they gave the position to her son.
  • The politician is accused of nepotism because he's giving the jobs to his friends.

A pardon is a formal pardon that is given to someone who has been convicted of a crime. A pardon can either pardone the person's punishment or pardon the person of their conviction.

  • The president is giving out pardons to people who have been convicted of crimes.
  • The governor is pardoning people who have been convicted of crimes that are not considered to be serious.

To converses is to talk to someone. When you Converses with someone, you are trying to get to know them better.

  • I would like to converses with you about the job.
  • They conversed for hours about the history of their family.

The word "antiquated" is usually used to describe things or ideas that are no longer popular or fashionable. antiquated ideas or things are often criticized for being old-fashioned or out of date.

  • The idea of using antiquated methods is antiquated and wrong.
  • The idea of using antiquated technology is antiquated and wrong.