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31 terms

A Raisin in the Sun

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assimilation
process by which a minority group takes on the customs and attitudes of the dominant culture
beseech
to beg, implore
conspicuously
in a manner easily noticed, attracting special attention
defer
to put off; postpone
erratic
not regular or consistent; different from what is ordinarily expected; not the usual or proper behavior or opinion
evade
to avoid answering directly
feeble
weak, lacking energy due to sickness or age (meek)
furtively
surreptitiously, secretly, slyly
graft
the acquisition of money, gain, or advantage by dishonest, unfair, or illegal means, especially through the abuse of one's position or influence in politics, business, etc.
heathenism
barbaric, uncivilized practices and behavior
insinuate
to suggest or hint at indirectly, slyly
neurotic
a person with a particular kind of mental disorder characterized by anxiety, depression, etc.
pretense
pretending; a false show of something
stupor
a state in which the mind and senses are dulled
sullen
gloomy, or showing irritation by being silent
vindicated
cleared from blame
amiable
friendly
deplore
to disapprove of strongly
eccentric
irregular, erratic, peculiar, odd
facetious
humorous; sarcastic; not meant to be taken seriously
implore
to beseech
indignant
extremely angry at something unjust, offensive or insulting
ludicrous
completely ridiculous, laughable
nonplussed
bemused, completely puzzled or confused
plaintively
morosely, sadly, mournfully
epitaph
an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
idealist
one who chooses to see the world the way it should be, rather than the way it really is; a dreamer
ominous
threatening, foreshadowing something evil or harmful
precariously
not securely, unsafely
reverie
a dreamy notion; daydream
flippant
not showing a serious or respectful attitude; lacking appropriate seriousness or earnestness