Huck Finn Vocabulary

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Abolish

(V) : to officially end or stop (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something)

Afoot

(adv or adj) developing or happening now : in progress

Air

(v) to make (something) known in public : to state (something) publicly

Ascend

(v) to rise to a higher or more powerful position in a government, company, etc.

Blithe

(adj) happy and without worry : carefree

Brash

(adj) confident and aggressive in usually a rude or unpleasant way

Brazen

(v) to continue in a confident way without showing shame or embarrassment

Calamity

(n) an event that causes great harm and suffering: disaster

Cavort

(v) to spend time in an enjoyable and often wild or improper way — usually + with

Confound

(v) to surprise and confuse (someone or something)

Contrite

(adj) feeling or showing regret for bad behavior

Dismal

(adj) showing or causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.

Dissipation

(n) the act of using all or a lot of money, time, etc., in a foolish way

Divination

(n) the practice of using signs (such as an arrangement of tea leaves or cards) or special powers to predict the future

Frivolous

(adj) not important : not deserving serious attention

Haughty

(adj) having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people

Histrionic

(adj) disapproving : too emotional or dramatic

Hues

(n) a color or a shade of a color

Infernal

(adj) of or relating to hell

Languid

(adj) showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity

Jabber

(v) to talk in a fast, unclear, or foolish way

Muse

(v) to think about something carefully or thoroughly — usually + about, on, over, or upon

Pensive

(adj) quietly sad or thoughtful

Ponderous

(adj) slow or awkward because of weight and size

Providence

(n) God or fate thought of as the guide and protector of all human beings

Rapscallion

(n) rascal

Resolute

(adj) very determined : having or showing a lot of determination

Skiff

(n) a small, light boat that is usually for only one person

Slough

(n) an area of soft, wet ground or deep mud

Soliloquy

(n) a long, usually serious speech that a character in a play makes to an audience and that reveals the character's thoughts

Speculate

(v) to think about something and make guesses about it : to form ideas or theories about something usually when there are many things not known about it [no obj]

Stealthy

(adj) quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed

Sublime

(adj) very beautiful or good : causing strong feelings of admiration or wonder

Temperance

(n) the practice of always controlling your actions, thoughts, or feelings so that you do not eat or drink too much, become too angry, etc.

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