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Huckleberry Finn Vocab

Here's some vocab that I need to know for a test on Huck Finn. Most of it comes for Merriam-Webster online with some modifications.
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commence
to have or make a beginning
victuals
food usable by people; supplies of food
trance
stupor, daze; a sleeplike state; a state of profound abstraction or absorbation
Providence
divine guidance or care
whale
lash, thrash; to strike or hit vigorously; to defeat soundly
genies
a spirit that gives servance
temperance
moderation in action, thought, or feelings, or passions and alcohol
nabob
a person of great wealth or prominence
delirium tremens
a violent delirium with tremors induced by alcoholic liquors
quicksilver
mercury
abolitionist
one that wishes to abolish slavery
speculate
to meditate or ponder a subject; to assume a risk; to take to be true; to be curious
thrash
to beat soundly as if with a whip; to go over again and again
reticule
a transparent material used for measuring or aiming; a woman's drawstring bag
contrived
devise or plan; to bring about by stratagem or with ifficulty
derrick
a hoisting apparatus employing a tackle rigged at the end of a beam; a frameword or tower for supporting tackle
skiff
a flat-bottomed rowboat
rapscallions
a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person; rascal
gaudy
ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented; marked by extravagance
infernal
of or relating to a nether world of the dead
outlandish
strikingly out of the ordinary; exceeding proper or reasonable limits or standards
pensive
musingly or dreamily thoughtful; suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
obituaries
a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account
aristocracy
government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class
mesmerism
hypnotic appeal
phrenology
the study of the of the conformation of the skull to find mental health
cipher
zero; a message in code
dissipating
to break up and drive off; to spend wastefully
histrionic
deliberately affected; relating to actors
muse
to become absorbed in thought
benefactor
one that makes a gift or bequest
pious
showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship
scoundrel
a disreputable person; rascal
impostor
one that assumes false identity for the purpose of deception
melodeum
a small keyboard organ
shoal
to become shallow; a sandbank or sandbar
ingenious
showing or calling for intelligence; marked by aptitude at discovering or originality
disposition
to put into place; prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination
shirk
to go stealthily; to evade the performance of an obligation
bogus
counterfeit; sham
impudent
lacking modesty; marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard
cavorting
to leap or dance lively; to engage in extravagant behavior
brash
brittle; heedless of the consequences
remiss
showing neglect or inattention
insurrection
an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government
addled
to become rotten or confused
singular
relating to a separate person or thing; distinguished by superiority; being out of the ordinary