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To Kill A Mockingbird: Chapter 1-3 Vocabulary

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assuage
(v.) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench
seldom
not often
self-conscious
worried about how one appears to others; not relaxed in front of others
Battle of Hastings
the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest
apothecary
a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
piety
the quality or state of being pious,devotion (n.)
stingy
not generous, not inclined to spend or give
persecute
to treat cruelly or harshly because of political, religious, or other differences
Methodists
a Protestant denomination founded on the principles of John Wesley and Charles Wesley
liberal
showing or characterized by broad-mindedness
brethen
old-fashioned word for "brothers"
thence
from that place or from there
John Wesley
English clergyman and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)
strictures
conditions or rules
pursuit
the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
lest
for fear that
dictum
an authoritative declaration; saying
human chattels
slaves
homestead
..., land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law;any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
customary
commonly used or practiced
modest
not large but sufficient in size or amount
regarded
thought carefully about someone or something; judged
impotent
lacking power or ability;powerless
taciturn
(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
trot-lines
a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)
bar
the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
county seat
A town or city where the main government offices of the county are located
spittoon
A jarlike container to spit into; usually used to spit tobacco juice into
unsullied
spotlessly clean and fresh;of reputation
second-degree murder
intentional murder that is not planned in advance but is committed with malice
Haverfords
"a name synonymous with jackass."; Maycomb's gang
dispatched
to put an end to; kill
alleged
declared but not proved
detention
detaining or being detained (kept in custody)
mare
a female horse
imprudent
not prudent or wise
persisted
kept on; refused to stop or be changed, continued repeatedly to say or do something
first-degree murder
premeditated murder or murder committed with extreme cruelty
profound
of the greatest intensity
distaste
a feeling of intense dislike
derived
obtained or received from a source
sagged
depression and droop
wilted
falling over; lacking stiffness or shape, Limp; drooped; sagging or falling over
talcum
Powder usually sweet smelling, a toilet powder made of purified talc and usually scented
ambled
to walk at a slow, leisurely pace.
vague
not clearly understood or expressed
detachment
separation
entity
something that has a real or independent existence
revelation
an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
linen
a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
duckfluff
snowy... duck like coating
habitually
according to habit or custom, Repeatedly or continuously
cowlick
a tuft of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair and usually will not lie flat
contentment
satisfaction
teemed
was full of; swarmed
eccentric
irregular; odd; unconventional; whimsical; bizarre; not concentric
longings
desires
quaint
very strange or unusual
fancies
imaginings
repertoire
The stock of plays, stories, songs, or other pieces that a player or company is prepared to perform
vapid
lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest, dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
jutted
To extend outward
eaves
the lower portion of the roof that overhangs the wall
veranda
a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)
picket
a wooden strip forming part of a fence
johnson grass
tall perennial grass that spreads by creeping rhizomes and is grown for fodder, noun- a type of weed, not a desirable plant to have around
malevolent
evil;bad
azaleas
A flowering shrub with clusters of brightly colored flowers
stealthy
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy;sneaky
morbid
gruesome; awful
mutilated
(of compositions e.g.) damaged
predilection
a preference, a strong liking
principal
main
missionary circle
(noun) group of church ladies
promptly
with little or no delay
corsets
undergarment worn to make woman slimmer
acquainted
made familiar with
domiciled
v. To establish (oneself or another person) in a residence.
pulpits
raised platform
stumphole whiskey
whiskey illegally made and sold, then hidden in tree stumps
spurt
move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
flivver
small, cheap, old car
beadle
a minor parish official who serves as an usher and preserves order at services
probate
..., testing by the court;Law . the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.
profane
not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled
scold
someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
nebulous
lacking definition or definite content, vague
bounty
reward; generosity
intimidation
to make timid or frightened; scare ; to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
gouges
to make a deep cut or dent
concession
compromise
foray
an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence)
multitudes
large numbers, crowds
condescended
to look down upon
enact
act out
auburn
(of hair) colored a moderate brown
pumps
a low-cut shoe without fastenings
apprehensively
uneasily; uncomfortably
harbor
maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
indigenous
native
denim
a coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric
meditating
thinking deeply
deliberately
with intention
wallowing
taking pleasure in, to indulge in something with great enjoyment, heavily indulging in; rolling in
illicitly
in a manner disapproved or not allowed by custom
hymns
songs of praise to God
compelled
forced
snarl
a tangle, as of thread, hair, or wire
covey
a small collection of people
pronouncements
authoritative statements
impressionistic
based on personal response
revelations
something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized
hookworms
parasitic round worm; enters through the soles of the feet
drawled
to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.
delegation
group
conferred
to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation
dreary
lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
entailment
something involved as a necessary part or consequence of something, a legal situation regarding the use of inherited property
smilax
fragile twining plant of South Africa with bright green flattened stems and glossy foliage popular as a floral decoration
holly
any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges
crokersack
a sack made of brown string woven together
vexation
the act of troubling or annoying someone
incovenience
such trouble or difficulty to
subsequent
following in time or order
mortification
an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect, strong feelings of embarrassment
sober
serious
uninitiated
not yet introduced to
sojourn
a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest), a temporary stay; to stay for a time
cocked
to turn to one side
dispensation
an exemption from some rule or obligation
irked
annoyed; bothered
haint
a ghost or spook; someone or something very scary
cordially
warm, sincere, friendly manner
priss
to act in an excessively proper or affectedly correct manner, a perfect person
erratic
not regular or consistent; different from what is ordinarily expected; undependable
contradict
prove negative
iniquities
injustices
flinty
(adjective) unfeeling; stern; showing lack of emotion
resentments
harsh feeling toward someone
sheer
not mixed with extraneous elements;plain
contracted
reduced in size or pulled together
cootie
a parasitic louse that infests the body of human beings
furor
a sudden outburst (as of protest), frenzy; great anger and excitement; CF. fury
remedy
act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
contemptuous
lacking respect; scornful
contentious
argumentative
dispersed
scattered, spread, broken up
fraught
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
prospect
a possibility or expectation, that which is expected
monosyllabic
having or characterized by or consisting of one syllable
fractious
easily irritated or annoyed
amiable
diffusing warmth and friendliness
sought
looked for
judiciously
wisely; sensibly; with care or caution
misdemeanor
a crime or offense that is less serious than a felony; any minor misbehavior or misconduct
capital felony
a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment
populace
the common people
begrudges
to be reluctant to give, grant, or allow
concessions
agreements made in response to demands
concede
give over
dissaprobation
strong dissaproval
diction
word choice
gravely
seriously
discernible
perceptible by the senses or intellect;distinguishable
aloft
in the higher atmosphere above the earth
severed
detached by cutting