*To Kill A Mockingbird Vocabulary Chapters 1-5

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Vocabulary from the novel To Kill A Mockingbird (chapters 1-5)

assuaged

(v) to lessen or to calm.

"My nervousness was _____ once I realized I wasn't going to have to give the speech after all."

apothecary*

(n) an early form of a pharmacist; they could also prepare and prescribe drugs.

taciturn

(adj) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

"The twin
sisters could not be more different; Paige is very talkative and Sydney is more ____."

repertoire

(n) all the special skills a person has;

A very good magician will have an extensive _____ of tricks.
During the off-season, he added an impressive curve-ball to his ______ of pitches.

vapid

(adj) offering nothing that is interesting or stimulating.

I'd rather watch anything on the History Channel before I'd sit through a _____ episode of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."

malevolent

(adj) evil, wanting harm to befall others

"Yesterday we watched a terrifying movie about a ____ serial killer."

predilection

(n) a preference, or a preferred way of doing something.

"She loves vanilla and strawberry, but I've always had a ______ towards everything chocolate."


"In C103, Mr. Latini has a _____ for using only one set of lights."

nebulous

(adj) Lacking definite form, shape, or limits.
"We looked at the ________ images reflecting in the water."

(adj) Can also mean vague or unclear.
"I have a hard time understanding _________ concepts like the space/time continuum and time."

condescended

(v) To descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself.

"He thought he was better than everyone in the room, but finally _______ to ask the boy next to him for help."


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indigenous

(adj) Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment.

"The Scarlet Ibis is a bird that is not _____ to North America."
"The Kangaroo is an animal that is ______ only to Australia."

wallowing

(v) to indulge in something (usually an activity) with great enjoyment.

"I enjoyed the day a the beach just _____ in the sun."
"I was so depressed that I couldn't even get motivated to go outside; I spent all summer _____ in my own misery."

illicitly

(adv) in an illegal manner

"He _____ sold bootleg copies of movies that are currently in theaters."

Impressionistic

(adj) Of, relating to, or predicated on impression as opposed to reason or fact:

" _____ memories of early childhood are obviously not as reliable as video evidence."

entailment

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

"Since he couldn't afford his legal services, he offered the lawyer a(n) ______ that included crops and a plot of land.

vexations

(n) something that causes annoyance or problems.

"He couldn't concentrate in class due to the many ________ caused by the annoying kid next to him."

dispensation

(n) a release from an obligation or promise.

"Although she was too young, she was offered special _____ to play in two matches."

cordially

(adv) Warm and sincere; friendly: a cordial greeting; cordial relations.
"You are _____ invited to the wedding of Rob and Caitlin"

tranquility

(n) peacefulness; serenity

iniquities

(n) A grossly immoral act; a sin.
"We, as a country, are still trying to make up for the many ______, such as slavery, of our ancestors."

flinty

(adj) flint is a very hard rock, so something that is _____ is extremely hard and firm.

"With a ____ stare he let it be known that he was very angry."

contemptuous

(adj) to have the feeling that someone or something is beneath you; that it or they are worthless.
The Ewell boy obviously feels this way about his teacher, Miss Caroline.

contentious

(adj) always ready to argue or fight

"They are too ______ to be a couple."

diminutive

(adj) smaller than ordinary

"The ______ oompa loompas ran the chocolate factory"

judiciously

(adv) done with sound judgment; sensible.

"After a great deal of consideration, he _____ decided to postpone the exam."

disapprobation

(n) disapproval; condemnation
"She braved her mother's _____ and snuck out of the house to go to the party."

auspicious

(adj) favorable; tending to favor or bring good luck

"Due to an _____ series of events, I didn't get a zero for the assignment that I left at home."

arbitrated

(v) to judge or decide
"He ____ a dispute between neighbors."

melancholy

(adj) sad and gloomy

benign

(adj) kind and gentle
"Although he looks scary, he's a very ____ person."
(adj) not dangerous to health
"luckily the tumor was _____ and not malignant."

tacit

(adj) unspoken, silent; implied, inferred, understood.

"Although we never spoke about it, we eventually reached a ____ agreement that the prank war was over."

pestilence

(n) A usually fatal epidemic disease; plague

"A ______ most likely the bubonic plague, killed Shakespeare's son Hamnet."

benevolence

(n) kindness, generosity, charity


In To Kill A Mockingbird, a generous and thoughtful gift is given.

placidly

(adv) calmly; quietly

"The sea is shimmering _____ before our eyes."

asinine

(adj) Utterly stupid or silly: asinine behavior.

"His ____ ideas were laughed at by everyone."

edification

(n) education; instruction

"Art's main purpose is to supply moral uplift and edification."

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