CRUCIBLE ACT 1 VOCAB

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ABOMINATION

an action or being that is vicious or vile

ABROGATION

to end by formal means of government

ABYSS

a bottomless gulf or pit

AUTOCRACY

a political theory favoring unlimited authority by a single individual

BEMUSED

perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements

CORROBORATING

supporting with evidence or authority

DEFAMATION

damage reputation

DEFERENCE

a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

DISSEMBLING

the act of deceiving

EXALTATION

the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

FORMIDIBLE

fear inspiring

HYPOCRISY

pretending to be what one is not, especially to have feelings, beliefs, or virtues that one does not have

INERT

unable to move or resist motion

INGRATIATION

The process whereby people flatter, praise, and generally try to make themselves likable to another person, often of higher status

INNATE

inborn, natural

LICENTIOUS

lacking moral or sexual restraint, wanton

MALEVOLENCE

wishing evil to others

MALIGN

evil or harmful in nature or influence

METHODICAL

systematic

PARADOX

a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth

PAROCHIAL

narrow in scope or outlook (narrow-minded); provincial; related to parishes

PARTISAN

biased in support of a party, group, or cause

PREDILECTION

a strong liking; preference

PRODIGIOUS

so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

PROPRIETY

correct or appropriate behavior

PRUDENT

showing self-restraint in speech and behavior

QUAKING

trembling, shuddering, quivering with fear

RESURGENCE

bringing again into activity and prominence

SECT

a subdivision of a larger religious group

TREPIDATION

a feeling of alarm or dread; fear

VINDICTIVE

revenge seeking

WILY

sly, shrewd, or cunning

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