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30 terms

The Scarlet Letter- Custom House

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prate
to talk long and idly, chatter
prolix
marked by or using and excess of words
vixenly
shrewishly, ill tempered
vicissitude
the quality or state of being changeable
arduous
hard to accomplish or to achieve, strenuous
tempestuous
turbulent, stormy, uproar
sagaciously
having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd
vigilance
the state of being watchful and awake
alacrity
cheerful readiness
inveterately
firmly established by long persistence
palsied
affected with palsy or uncontrollable tremor
actuates
to move to action
polemical
controversial; argumentative
evanescant
tending to vanish like vapor
antiquarian
one who deals with old or rare books
traversing
to go against or act in opposition to
torpid
having lost motion or the power of exertion; lacking energy
imbecility
utter foolishness
inefficacious
lacking the power to produce a desired effect; ineffective
predilections
a strong liking deriving from ones temperament or experience
requisite
essential, necessary
inauspicious
not favorable
physiognomies
facial expressions used to show mind or character
augured
to predict the future
solemnity
a formal or ceremonious observance of an occasion or event
ignonimy
deep personal humiliation or disgrace
vied
compete; fight for superiority
contumely
rude language or treatment arising from haughtiness or contempt
eminence
position of prominence or superiority
remonstrance
the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest