Why should you read “Dune” by Frank Herbert? - Dan Kwartler

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


A prescient person is someone who is able to see the future. They often have a lot of knowledge about the future, and they are able to predict what will happen.

  • The prescient person claimed that the election would be close.
  • The prescient person claimed that there would be a terrorist attack.

A melange is a type of art or design that is made up of a variety of different elements. It can be a mix of different colors, styles, and shapes.

  • The clothing store is famous for its melange designs.
  • The artist used a melange of different colors to create the painting.

When something is inhospitable, it is not welcoming or friendly. The climate is inhospitable when it is cold and wet, and the environment is inhospitable when it is full of bugs and bacteria.

  • The city was very inhospitable.
  • The hotel was very inhospitable, with a bad odor.

To upends is to overturn or overturning something. If you upends a table, you cause it to fall over.

  • The demonstration upended the government.
  • The election upended the power structure in the country.

When someone is catapulted, they are suddenly thrown into a new or different situation. This can be a happy or a sad situation, but it always comes as a surprise.

  • She was catapulted into the limelight when she was cast in the TV show.
  • He was catapulted into the world of politics when he was elected to office.

A bastion is a stronghold or a place that is difficult to attack. When you have a bastion of support, you are confident that you will be able to hold your position.

  • The company is relying on its bastions of customer loyalty to keep it afloat.
  • The army had to build a new bastion to protect the city from the invaders.

To pervade is to fill or cover everything with something. When you pervade a room with a smell, you are covering it with that smell.

  • The smell of the perfume was so strong that it pervaded the entire room.
  • The flowers were so colorful that they pervaded the room.