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Scarlet Letter Vocab 8-24

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adduce
(v) to bring forward for formal consideration
appellation
(n) a name or title; the act of naming
essay
(v) to make an attempt at
expatiate
(v) to speak or write at length
sunder
(v) to break
commodiousness
(n) spaciousness; plenty of room
importunate
(adj) troublesomely urgent or persistent
inimical
(adj) harmful, injurious
penitent
(adj) feeling remorseful
somniferous
(adj) sleep-inducing
abstruse
(adj) not easily understood
antipathy
(n) a strong feeling of opposition or aversion
efficacious
(adj) producing a desired effect ,effective
ethereal
(adj) highly refined; delicate
odious
(adj) arousing hatred
omniscience
(n) the quality of being all-knowing
decorous
(adj) marked by appropriateness of behavior or conduct
erudite
(adj) learned; scholarly
expiation
(n) atonement
scurrilous
(adj) expressed in, or containing vulgar or abusive language
effluence
(n) something that flows out or forth
obviate
(v) to hinder, prevent or counteract something
deleterious
(adj) harmful; injurious
propinquity
(n) proximity, nearness
sedulous
(adj) diligent, painstaking
asperity
(n) roughness or harshness, ill-tempered
precocious
(adj) exhibiting or marked by early development or maturity
talisman
(n) something having apparently magical power
loquacity
(n) extremely talkative
contiguity
(n) sharing a boundary or edge
alloy
(v) to debase by adding an inferior element
mollify
(v) to lessen in intensity
vicissitude
(n) a change or variation; a turn
impiety
(n) undutifulness
obeisance
(n) an attitude of deference or respect
potentate
(n) one who has the power and position to rule over others
recompense
(v) make amends for something, as damage or loss
probity
(n) integrity; honesty
centrifugal
(adj) moving or directed away from a center or axis
zenith
(n) the point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer