Huckleberry Finn Vocab

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47 terms · Here's some vocab that I need to know for a test on Huck Finn. Most of it comes for Merriam-Webster online with some modifications.

commence

to have or make a beginning

victuals

food usable by people; supplies of food

trance

stupor, daze; a sleeplike state; a state of profound abstraction or absorbation

Providence

divine guidance or care

whale

lash, thrash; to strike or hit vigorously; to defeat soundly

genies

a spirit that gives servance

temperance

moderation in action, thought, or feelings, or passions and alcohol

nabob

a person of great wealth or prominence

delirium tremens

a violent delirium with tremors induced by alcoholic liquors

quicksilver

mercury

abolitionist

one that wishes to abolish slavery

speculate

to meditate or ponder a subject; to assume a risk; to take to be true; to be curious

thrash

to beat soundly as if with a whip; to go over again and again

reticule

a transparent material used for measuring or aiming; a woman's drawstring bag

contrived

devise or plan; to bring about by stratagem or with ifficulty

derrick

a hoisting apparatus employing a tackle rigged at the end of a beam; a frameword or tower for supporting tackle

skiff

a flat-bottomed rowboat

rapscallions

a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person; rascal

gaudy

ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented; marked by extravagance

infernal

of or relating to a nether world of the dead

outlandish

strikingly out of the ordinary; exceeding proper or reasonable limits or standards

pensive

musingly or dreamily thoughtful; suggestive of sad thoughtfulness

obituaries

a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account

aristocracy

government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class

mesmerism

hypnotic appeal

phrenology

the study of the of the conformation of the skull to find mental health

cipher

zero; a message in code

dissipating

to break up and drive off; to spend wastefully

histrionic

deliberately affected; relating to actors

muse

to become absorbed in thought

benefactor

one that makes a gift or bequest

pious

showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship

scoundrel

a disreputable person; rascal

impostor

one that assumes false identity for the purpose of deception

melodeum

a small keyboard organ

shoal

to become shallow; a sandbank or sandbar

ingenious

showing or calling for intelligence; marked by aptitude at discovering or originality

disposition

to put into place; prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination

shirk

to go stealthily; to evade the performance of an obligation

bogus

counterfeit; sham

impudent

lacking modesty; marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard

cavorting

to leap or dance lively; to engage in extravagant behavior

brash

brittle; heedless of the consequences

remiss

showing neglect or inattention

insurrection

an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government

addled

to become rotten or confused

singular

relating to a separate person or thing; distinguished by superiority; being out of the ordinary

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