Scarlet Letter Vocab #7

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avail

to make use of or to be of use or advantage to; to result in

ingenuity

cleverness

progenitor

a direct ancestor

sumptuary

relating to laws that control personal behaviors

plebeian

low-class, crude, vulgar

intangible

not perceptible to touch, not material

subsistence

the necessities of life, the resources of survival

ascetic

self-denying, abstinent, austere

penance

voluntary suffering to repent for a wrong

derive

to receive from a source, to originate

banish

to expel from a group; to force, to leave, exile

repugnance

strong dislike, distaste, or antagonism; an instance of contradiction or inconsistency

retain

to hold, keep possession of

revile

to criticize with harsh language, verbally abusive

succor

to give or offer relief

malice

animosity, spite, hatred

aspiration

a great hope or goal

innumerable

too many to be counted

diffusion

the act of spreading

callous

insensitive, thick-skinned

endow

to provide with something naturally or freely; to furnish with an income or grant

insidious

treacherous, devious

loathsome

abhorrent, hateful

irreverent

disrespectful, gently or humorously mocking

avert

to run away; avoid

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