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Scarlett Letter Vocab Chapter 1-7

Null's Scarlett Letter Vocab
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edifice
(n) a building of imposing appearance
physiognomy
(n) facial features, especially when regarded as revealing character
abash
(v) to make embarrass or disconcert
cloister
(n) an enclosed space
flourish
(n) an embellishment or ornamentation
ignominy
(n) great personal humiliation or dishonor
iniquity
(n) wickedness, sinfulness
malefactor
(n) one who has committed a crime
meridian
(n) midday, highest point or stage
mien
(n) bearing or manner; appearance
pillory
(n) wooden framework w/ holes for head & hands, exposes people to ridicule
remonstrate
(v) expressing protest, opposition, or reproof
sumptuary
(adj) attempting to regulate personal behavior on moral or religious grounds
amenable
(adj) obedient; compliant
plaintive
(adj) expressing sorrow, mournful
purport
(n) purpose or intention
sagacity
(n) the quality of showing sound judgement and keen perception; wisdom
unadulterated
(adj) pure; not mingled with extraneous matter
feign
(v) to give a false appearance
infamy
(n) evil fame or reputation
leech
(n) a physician
lurid
(adj) causing shock or horror; gruesome
requital
(n) return as for an injury or friendly act
aver
(v) to assert or declare positively
emolument
(n) compensation or payment from an office or employer
gall
(v) to cause acute irritation or exasperation
imbibe
(v) to receive and absorb into the mind
plebeian
(n) a member of the lower classes, commoners
progenitor
(n) a direct ancestor
revile
(v) to denounce abusively
succor
(n) assistance in time of distress, relief
vivify
(v) to make more lively, intense, or striking
anathema
(n) a vehement denunciation or curse
mutability
(n) the ability to be altered or changed
placid
(adj) having an undisturbed surface or aspect, calm
eldritch
(adj) weird or unearthly
exigency
(n) an urgent situation
imperious
(adj) domineering or overbearing
pallid
(adj) abnormally pale
panoply
(n) an impressive display