The Scarlet Letter- Custom House

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prate

to talk long and idly, chatter

prolix

marked by or using and excess of words

vixenly

shrewishly, ill tempered

vicissitude

the quality or state of being changeable

arduous

hard to accomplish or to achieve, strenuous

tempestuous

turbulent, stormy, uproar

sagaciously

having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd

vigilance

the state of being watchful and awake

alacrity

cheerful readiness

inveterately

firmly established by long persistence

palsied

affected with palsy or uncontrollable tremor

actuates

to move to action

polemical

controversial; argumentative

evanescant

tending to vanish like vapor

antiquarian

one who deals with old or rare books

traversing

to go against or act in opposition to

torpid

having lost motion or the power of exertion; lacking energy

imbecility

utter foolishness

inefficacious

lacking the power to produce a desired effect; ineffective

predilections

a strong liking deriving from ones temperament or experience

requisite

essential, necessary

inauspicious

not favorable

physiognomies

facial expressions used to show mind or character

augured

to predict the future

solemnity

a formal or ceremonious observance of an occasion or event

ignonimy

deep personal humiliation or disgrace

vied

compete; fight for superiority

contumely

rude language or treatment arising from haughtiness or contempt

eminence

position of prominence or superiority

remonstrance

the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest

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