Scarlett Letter Vocab Chapter 1-7

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Null's Scarlett Letter Vocab

edifice

(n) a building of imposing appearance

physiognomy

(n) facial features, especially when regarded as revealing character

abash

(v) to make embarrass or disconcert

cloister

(n) an enclosed space

flourish

(n) an embellishment or ornamentation

ignominy

(n) great personal humiliation or dishonor

iniquity

(n) wickedness, sinfulness

malefactor

(n) one who has committed a crime

meridian

(n) midday, highest point or stage

mien

(n) bearing or manner; appearance

pillory

(n) wooden framework w/ holes for head & hands, exposes people to ridicule

remonstrate

(v) expressing protest, opposition, or reproof

sumptuary

(adj) attempting to regulate personal behavior on moral or religious grounds

amenable

(adj) obedient; compliant

plaintive

(adj) expressing sorrow, mournful

purport

(n) purpose or intention

sagacity

(n) the quality of showing sound judgement and keen perception; wisdom

unadulterated

(adj) pure; not mingled with extraneous matter

feign

(v) to give a false appearance

infamy

(n) evil fame or reputation

leech

(n) a physician

lurid

(adj) causing shock or horror; gruesome

requital

(n) return as for an injury or friendly act

aver

(v) to assert or declare positively

emolument

(n) compensation or payment from an office or employer

gall

(v) to cause acute irritation or exasperation

imbibe

(v) to receive and absorb into the mind

plebeian

(n) a member of the lower classes, commoners

progenitor

(n) a direct ancestor

revile

(v) to denounce abusively

succor

(n) assistance in time of distress, relief

vivify

(v) to make more lively, intense, or striking

anathema

(n) a vehement denunciation or curse

mutability

(n) the ability to be altered or changed

placid

(adj) having an undisturbed surface or aspect, calm

eldritch

(adj) weird or unearthly

exigency

(n) an urgent situation

imperious

(adj) domineering or overbearing

pallid

(adj) abnormally pale

panoply

(n) an impressive display

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