To Kill A Mockingbird: Chapter 1-3 Vocabulary

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assuage

(v.) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

seldom

not often

self-conscious

worried about how one appears to others; not relaxed in front of others

Battle of Hastings

the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest

apothecary

a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs

piety

the quality or state of being pious,devotion (n.)

stingy

not generous, not inclined to spend or give

persecute

to treat cruelly or harshly because of political, religious, or other differences

Methodists

a Protestant denomination founded on the principles of John Wesley and Charles Wesley

liberal

showing or characterized by broad-mindedness

brethen

old-fashioned word for "brothers"

thence

from that place or from there

John Wesley

English clergyman and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)

strictures

conditions or rules

pursuit

the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

lest

for fear that

dictum

an authoritative declaration; saying

human chattels

slaves

homestead

..., land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law;any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.

customary

commonly used or practiced

modest

not large but sufficient in size or amount

regarded

thought carefully about someone or something; judged

impotent

lacking power or ability;powerless

taciturn

(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

trot-lines

a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)

bar

the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction

county seat

A town or city where the main government offices of the county are located

spittoon

A jarlike container to spit into; usually used to spit tobacco juice into

unsullied

spotlessly clean and fresh;of reputation

second-degree murder

intentional murder that is not planned in advance but is committed with malice

Haverfords

"a name synonymous with jackass."; Maycomb's gang

dispatched

to put an end to; kill

alleged

declared but not proved

detention

detaining or being detained (kept in custody)

mare

a female horse

imprudent

not prudent or wise

persisted

kept on; refused to stop or be changed, continued repeatedly to say or do something

first-degree murder

premeditated murder or murder committed with extreme cruelty

profound

of the greatest intensity

distaste

a feeling of intense dislike

derived

obtained or received from a source

sagged

depression and droop

wilted

falling over; lacking stiffness or shape, Limp; drooped; sagging or falling over

talcum

Powder usually sweet smelling, a toilet powder made of purified talc and usually scented

ambled

to walk at a slow, leisurely pace.

vague

not clearly understood or expressed

detachment

separation

entity

something that has a real or independent existence

revelation

an enlightening or astonishing disclosure

linen

a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant

duckfluff

snowy... duck like coating

habitually

according to habit or custom, Repeatedly or continuously

cowlick

a tuft of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair and usually will not lie flat

contentment

satisfaction

teemed

was full of; swarmed

eccentric

irregular; odd; unconventional; whimsical; bizarre; not concentric

longings

desires

quaint

very strange or unusual

fancies

imaginings

repertoire

The stock of plays, stories, songs, or other pieces that a player or company is prepared to perform

vapid

lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest, dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force

jutted

To extend outward

eaves

the lower portion of the roof that overhangs the wall

veranda

a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)

picket

a wooden strip forming part of a fence

johnson grass

tall perennial grass that spreads by creeping rhizomes and is grown for fodder, noun- a type of weed, not a desirable plant to have around

malevolent

evil;bad

azaleas

A flowering shrub with clusters of brightly colored flowers

stealthy

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy;sneaky

morbid

gruesome; awful

mutilated

(of compositions e.g.) damaged

predilection

a preference, a strong liking

principal

main

missionary circle

(noun) group of church ladies

promptly

with little or no delay

corsets

undergarment worn to make woman slimmer

acquainted

made familiar with

domiciled

v. To establish (oneself or another person) in a residence.

pulpits

raised platform

stumphole whiskey

whiskey illegally made and sold, then hidden in tree stumps

spurt

move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy

flivver

small, cheap, old car

beadle

a minor parish official who serves as an usher and preserves order at services

probate

..., testing by the court;Law . the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.

profane

not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled

scold

someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

nebulous

lacking definition or definite content, vague

bounty

reward; generosity

intimidation

to make timid or frightened; scare ; to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail

gouges

to make a deep cut or dent

concession

compromise

foray

an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)

multitudes

large numbers, crowds

condescended

to look down upon

enact

act out

auburn

(of hair) colored a moderate brown

pumps

a low-cut shoe without fastenings

apprehensively

uneasily; uncomfortably

harbor

maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

indigenous

native

denim

a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric

meditating

thinking deeply

deliberately

with intention

wallowing

taking pleasure in, to indulge in something with great enjoyment, heavily indulging in; rolling in

illicitly

in a manner disapproved or not allowed by custom

hymns

songs of praise to God

compelled

forced

snarl

a tangle, as of thread, hair, or wire

covey

a small collection of people

pronouncements

authoritative statements

impressionistic

based on personal response

revelations

something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized

hookworms

parasitic round worm; enters through the soles of the feet

drawled

to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.

delegation

group

conferred

to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation

dreary

lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise

entailment

something involved as a necessary part or consequence of something, a legal situation regarding the use of inherited property

smilax

fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration

holly

any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges

crokersack

a sack made of brown string woven together

vexation

the act of troubling or annoying someone

incovenience

such trouble or difficulty to

subsequent

following in time or order

mortification

an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect, strong feelings of embarrassment

sober

serious

uninitiated

not yet introduced to

sojourn

a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest), a temporary stay; to stay for a time

cocked

to turn to one side

dispensation

an exemption from some rule or obligation

irked

annoyed; bothered

haint

a ghost or spook; someone or something very scary

cordially

warm, sincere, friendly manner

priss

to act in an excessively proper or affectedly correct manner, a perfect person

erratic

not regular or consistent; different from what is ordinarily expected; undependable

contradict

prove negative

iniquities

injustices

flinty

(adjective) unfeeling; stern; showing lack of emotion

resentments

harsh feeling toward someone

sheer

not mixed with extraneous elements;plain

contracted

reduced in size or pulled together

cootie

a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings

furor

a sudden outburst (as of protest), frenzy; great anger and excitement; CF. fury

remedy

act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil

contemptuous

lacking respect; scornful

contentious

argumentative

dispersed

scattered, spread, broken up

fraught

full of or loaded with; accompanied by

prospect

a possibility or expectation, that which is expected

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