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48 terms

Native son vocab

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Avert
turn away or aside
shrilly
high-pitched and piercing in sound quality
helligerently
aggresively
prophesy
To predict or foretell, especially under divine inspiration and guidance.
gallows
instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which condemned persons are executed by hanging
graft
obtaining money or power through illegal activities
plumage
feathers of a bird
deference
a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
pensive
dreamily thoughtful
sonorous
full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style
adulation
servile flattery
regal
majestic, stately, princely, august
translucent
allowing light to pass through
placid
calm; peaceful
impelled
Moved; forced
mollifying
soothing
drone
talk in a monotonous voice
icredulous
showing unbelief
giddy
having or causing a whirling sensation
gingerly
with extreme care or caution
envelop
enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
pinnacle
(architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
lynch
kill without legal sanction
abashment
feeling embarrassed due to modesty
molten
reduced to liquid form by heating
exert
put to use
impalpable
not perceptible to the touch
latent
not presently active
frank
clearly manifest
iota
a very small part or quantity
feebly
weakly
lurid
shining with an unnatural red glow as of fire seen through smoke
comrade
a fellow member of the Communist Party
repulsive
so extremely ugly as to be terrifying
slander
charge falsely or with malicious intent
smoldering
burning slowly without flame
acrid
harsh or corrosive in tone
impulse
the act of applying force suddenly
unfathomably
Difficult or impossible to understand
woefully
in an unfortunate or deplorable manner
leer
a suggestive or sneering look or grin
mammoth
so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth
mystic
mysterious or strange
aspiration
a will to succeed
vigilante
member of a vigilance committee
proprietor
(law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business
oblong
deviating from a square or circle or sphere by being elongated in one direction
insistent
persistently continual