To Kill A Mockingbird Vocabulary List 1[Chapters 1-5]

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assuage

(v) to lessen the intensity of; to ease, pacify, quiet, appease, quench, relive (ant.: exacerbate, intensify)

dictum

(n) formal authoritative pronouncement of a principle, proposition, or opinion (plural is dicta OR dictums)

taciturn

(adj) temperamentally disinclined to talk; habitually quiet (ant.:garrulous) (not: pronunciation is tas uh turn)

repertoire

(n) list or supply of dramas, operas, pieces, ect. that a person is prepared to preform; supply of skills, ect. usedin a particular field, occupation, or practice

vapid

(adj) lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force; flat; uninteresting (not: the "a" can be short or long-- preferably short)

malvolent

(adj) wishing ill or hatred toword others

stealthy

(adj) slow, deliberate, and secret in action or character; furtive (note: stealthily = adverb, sleath = noun)

predilection

(n) a prenference for

domicile

(n) person's home; abode (not: domiciled = verb)

profane

(adj or v) as adj., defiled; serving to defile what is holy

nebulous

(adj) cloudy, hazy, foggy, indistinct

foray

(n or v) as noun, sudden or irregular attck for war or spoils; raid (not: pronunciation is for ay)

condescend

(v) 1. to descend to a less formal or dignified level, to stoop 2. to assume an air of superiority

indigenous

(adj) produced, growing, or living naturally in a particular area

covey

(n) 1. a small flock (of birds) 2. company; band (of people)

entail

(ment) (v or n) legal term meaning, in this case, that one's property or estate is temporarily held by the state until one pays taxes, etc.

sojourn

(v or n) as noun, a temporary stay

onslaught

(n) an especially fierce attack

expound

(v) 1. to set forth; to defend with argument 2. to make clear the meaning of; to explain

iniquity (iniquities)

(n) wickedness; sin

contentious

(adj) argumentative, quarrelsome

fraught

(adj) filled (for ex.: "words with fraught meaning")

monosyllabic

(adj) using or speaking only monosyllables (words of one sllyable); conspicuously brief in answering or explaining

amiable

(adj) friendly, agreeable, generally pleasing

disapprobation

(n) act or state of disssaproving

auspicious

(adj) promising good favor; favorable

tactic

(adj) implied on indicated but not actually expressed; unspoken

magisterial

(adj) with a dignified, sedate, or pompous manner

asinine

(adj) stupid; stubborn (of or relating to an ass)

quibble (quibbling)

(v or n) 1. as verb, to evade or shift from the point 2. to bicker

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