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Scarlet Letter Vocab #7

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avail
to make use of or to be of use or advantage to; to result in
ingenuity
cleverness
progenitor
a direct ancestor
sumptuary
relating to laws that control personal behaviors
plebeian
low-class, crude, vulgar
intangible
not perceptible to touch, not material
subsistence
the necessities of life, the resources of survival
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere
penance
voluntary suffering to repent for a wrong
derive
to receive from a source, to originate
banish
to expel from a group; to force, to leave, exile
repugnance
strong dislike, distaste, or antagonism; an instance of contradiction or inconsistency
retain
to hold, keep possession of
revile
to criticize with harsh language, verbally abusive
succor
to give or offer relief
malice
animosity, spite, hatred
aspiration
a great hope or goal
innumerable
too many to be counted
diffusion
the act of spreading
callous
insensitive, thick-skinned
endow
to provide with something naturally or freely; to furnish with an income or grant
insidious
treacherous, devious
loathsome
abhorrent, hateful
irreverent
disrespectful, gently or humorously mocking
avert
to run away; avoid