Huck Finn Vocab -- Hudson

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victuals

any substance that can be used as food

infernal

extremely evil or cruel

dialect

the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

vernacular

the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)

temperance

restraint or moderation, especially in regards to alcohol or food

dauphin

the eldest son of the King of France and direct heir to the throne

phrenology

a now abandoned study of the shape of skull as indicative of the strengths of different faculties

elocution

an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture

gumption

fortitude and determination

satire

form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly

addled

confused and vague

highfalutin

Pompous or pretentious

impudent

improperly forward or bold

insurrection

organized opposition to authority

ornery

having a difficult and contrary disposition

palaver

loud and confused and empty talk

providence

divine guidance or care

putrefy

to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor

quixotic

very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions

doxology

a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God

row

an angry dispute

shirk

avoid dealing with

remiss

failing in what duty requires

obsequies

funeral rites or ceremonies

nabob

a wealthy man (especially one who made his fortune in the Orient)

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