Thoreau and Hawthorne Vocabulary

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27 terms · AP English

obtrude

(v) to impose something such as opinions or yourself on other people

iteration

(n) an instance or the act of doing something again

invidious

(adj.) producing resentment or ill feeling

sedulous

(adj.) working with great zeal and persistence

pertinacity

(n) the quality of being persistent or tenacious

assiduously

(adv.) undeviating in effort and care

carbuncle

(n) a red gemstone

ethereal

(adj.) very delicate or highly refined

expedient

(adj.) appropriate, advisable, or useful in a situation that requires action

alacrity

(n) promptness or eager and speedy readiness

leaven

(v) to lighten the weight or mood of something

demagogue

(n) leader who gains power by appealing to people's emotions rather than rationality

lyceum

(n) building for public events

burgher

(n) a citizen, especially a prosperous or conservative member of the middle class

fatalist

(n) somebody who believes in the philosophical doctrine of fatalism

gird

(v) to prepare yourself for conflict or vigorous activity

fountainhead

(n) the primary source of something abstract

covenant

(n) a solemn agreement that is binding

scruple

(n) a moral or ethical consideration

mirth

(n) laughter; happiness or enjoyment

cognizance

(n) knowledge or awareness of something

zenith

(n) the high point or climax of something

festoon

(n) a garland, or ornamental chain of flowers or ribbons

benignant

(adj.) kind, gracious in behavior or appearance

similitude

(n) being similar; likeness or resemblance

proselyte

(n) somebody converted to a new belief

fervid

(adj.) showing passionate enthusiasm

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