The Scarlet Letter

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A set of 30 vocabulary word found in The Scarlet Letter

abash

cause to feel embarrassed

amenable

open and responsive to suggestion; friendly

augur

predict a good or bad outcome

auspicious

conducive to success

congenial

pleasant because of a personality, quality, or interest that are similar to one's own

contumely

insolent or insulting language

demeanor

outward behavior or appearance

discerning

showing or having good judgment

deportment

a person's behavior or manner

edifice

a large imposing building

efficacy

the ability to produce a desired result

eminence

fame or recognized superiority

grievous

of something bad, very serious, or severe

hypocrisy

the practice of claiming to have moral standards to which one's own behavior does not conform

ignominious

deserving or causing public disgrace or shame

impediment

an obstruction

indubitable

impossible to doubt

infer

deduce or conclude

lurid

very vivid in color creating an unpleasant effect

malefactor

person who commits a crime

peremptory

insisting on immediate attention

phantasmagoric

sequence of real or imaginary images like seen in a dream

physiognomy

a person's facial features or expressions

pillory

wooden framework with holes for the head and hand

prefigure

be an early indication

sojourn

a temporary stay

successive

following one another

sumptuary

relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure of food and personal items

transgress

infringe or go beyond the bound of

evanescent

soon passing out of sight, memory or existence

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