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Vocabulary terms from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird

assuaged

adj. (p. part.) having been calmed, eased, or pacified

apothecary

n. an individual who prepares or sells drugs or medicines; a pharmacist

taciturn

adj. usually or habitually untalkative

repertoire

n. The range of skills, aptitudes, or special accomplishments of an individual or group

vapid

adj. lacking energy, animation, or interest; dull or boring

malevolent

adj. having or exhibiting ill will; wishing to harm others; malicious

nebulous

adj. lacking definite form or limits; vague; unclear

condescended

v. (past) to treat or deal with people in a patronizing or superior manner

indigenous

adj. originating and living in an area or environment; native

wallowing

v. (past per. prog.) to great pleasure in; to luxuriate in; to revel

illicitly

adv. acting in a manner that is prohibited, banned, or unlawful

impressionistic

adj. related to one's emotional response rather than to a rational or reasoned response

entailment

n. a legal situation regarding the use of inherited property.

vexations

n. sources or causes of annoyance or distress

dispensation

n. the act of dispensing, of handing or giving out

cordially

adv. acting with warmth or sincerity; in a kindly or friendly manner

tranquility

n. the quality or state of being calm and peaceful; serenity

iniquities

n. severe injustices; immoral acts or sins

flinty

adj. unyielding; uncompromising; stern

contemptuous

adj. feeling contempt towards another; scornful or derisive

contentious

adj. likely to argue and create a controversy; belligerent

diminutive

adj. extremely small; tiny; petite

fractious

adj. inclined to make trouble; unruly or difficult to control

judiciously

adv. in a careful or thoughtful manner; acting with deliberation or wisdom

disapprobation

n. strong disapproval; moral condemnation

auspicious

adj. suggesting a favorable outcome; propitious; likely to have a positive result

arbitrated

v. (past) to judge or settle a dispute or disagreement

melancholy

adj. sadness or depression of the spirit; gloom

benign

adj. showing gentleness and kindness

tacit

adj. suggested by actions rather than by words; unspoken

pestilence

n. a usually fatal disease or widespread epidemic

benevolence

n. an inclination to perform kind, generous acts

placidly

adv. in an undisturbed or calm manner; calmly

asinine

adj. completely foolish or silly; ridiculous

edification

n. intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement; enlightenment

unfathomable

adj. unable to be understood or comprehended; incomprehensible

aberrations

n. deviations or changes from what is normal or expected

deportment

n. manner of conduct; behavior

obstreperous

adj. noisily and stubbornly defiant; rebellious

invective

n. insulting or abusive language

rudiments

n. fundamental or basic elements, principles, or skills

philippic

n. a verbal attack consisting of harsh or abusive language; a tirade

umbrage

n. a sense of being insulted; offense

rectitude

n. moral uprightness; righteousness

palliation

n. the act of making something seem less serious or severe; a relief from distress

undulate

v. to move up and down in a wave-like motion

habiliments

n. clothing or dress associated with a particular place or office

ecclesiastical

adj. of or related to a church or religious institution

impedimenta

n. objects that impede, slow down, or clutter

denunciation

n. a public attack or condemnation; a public censure

austere

adj. strict or severe in discipline

formidable

adj. inspiring awe, admiration, and wonder

prerogative

n. the exclusive right or privilege to command, decide, rule, or judge

obliquely

adv. in an indirect or evasive manner; indirectly

acquiescence

n. passive assent or agreement without protest

elucidate

v. to make clear or plain through explanation or discourse; to clarify

temerity

n. foolish disregard for one's safety; bravado

furtive

adj. characterized by stealth; shifty

irascible

adj. easily angered; short-tempered

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