AP English III: The Scarlet Letter: Chapters 7-8

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" Vocabulary for Drennan's AP English Composition class.

ludicrous

amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity

eminence

position of prominence or superiority

pristine

uncorrupt civilization

intrinsic

belonging to a thing by its very nature

imperious

able to deal authoritatively with affairs; commanding, dominant

akin

similar, of relation to

tunic

a hip-length or longer blouse, jacket or shirt

wan

pale and sickly

pallid

deficient in color, dull

dauntless

fearless, undaunted

extant

not destroyed or lost, existing

cabalistic

esoteric doctrine or mysterious art

caper

a joyful, bounding leap, also, a prank

flanked

to be situated on either side

forsooth

indeed

embowed

arched

folio

a large book in which (important) papers are kept

tome

a volume forming part of a larger work, often large, dusty books in libraries

gilded

to overlay with or as if with a thin covering of gold

mail

armor made of metal links

burnished

polished

panoply

a full suit of armor

muster

formal military inspection, a call to assembly

exigences

a sate of affairs that makes urgent demands

physiognomy

face, features thereof that show a quality of mind/character by their expression or configuration

breadth

something of full width

vista

a distant view through an avenue or pathway

relinquish

leave behind or give up

subsistence

existence; living hand to mouth

annals

historical records/chronicles

expatiating

engaging in discourse or writing

antiquate

obsolete

unfeignedly

not pretending

behest

an earnest request

benevolence

good done for others

bedizen

to dress in a gaudy or vulgar manner

albeit

although

warily

cautiously

pious

of or pertaining to religious devotion

imbibes

to take or receive into the mind or body

amiss

improper, askew, not as it should be

indefeasible

not to be annulled or made void

emaciated

very thin as made by disease or lack of nutrition

mountebank

any charlatan or quack

boon

a sought favor

adduced

to bring forward as in argument or as evidence

vehemence

forceful or violent

unobtrusive

not conspicuous

charger

plate or platter

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