Scarlet Letter Vocab 8-24

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adduce

(v) to bring forward for formal consideration

appellation

(n) a name or title; the act of naming

essay

(v) to make an attempt at

expatiate

(v) to speak or write at length

sunder

(v) to break

commodiousness

(n) spaciousness; plenty of room

importunate

(adj) troublesomely urgent or persistent

inimical

(adj) harmful, injurious

penitent

(adj) feeling remorseful

somniferous

(adj) sleep-inducing

abstruse

(adj) not easily understood

antipathy

(n) a strong feeling of opposition or aversion

efficacious

(adj) producing a desired effect ,effective

ethereal

(adj) highly refined; delicate

odious

(adj) arousing hatred

omniscience

(n) the quality of being all-knowing

decorous

(adj) marked by appropriateness of behavior or conduct

erudite

(adj) learned; scholarly

expiation

(n) atonement

scurrilous

(adj) expressed in, or containing vulgar or abusive language

effluence

(n) something that flows out or forth

obviate

(v) to hinder, prevent or counteract something

deleterious

(adj) harmful; injurious

propinquity

(n) proximity, nearness

sedulous

(adj) diligent, painstaking

asperity

(n) roughness or harshness, ill-tempered

precocious

(adj) exhibiting or marked by early development or maturity

talisman

(n) something having apparently magical power

loquacity

(n) extremely talkative

contiguity

(n) sharing a boundary or edge

alloy

(v) to debase by adding an inferior element

mollify

(v) to lessen in intensity

vicissitude

(n) a change or variation; a turn

impiety

(n) undutifulness

obeisance

(n) an attitude of deference or respect

potentate

(n) one who has the power and position to rule over others

recompense

(v) make amends for something, as damage or loss

probity

(n) integrity; honesty

centrifugal

(adj) moving or directed away from a center or axis

zenith

(n) the point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer

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