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"The Scarlet Letter" Vocabulary

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abase (verb)
to degrade or humiliate
abstruse (adj.)
difficult to understand
amenable (adj.)
open to or willing to follow advice or suggestion
appellation (noun)
an identifying name or title
apprehension (noun)
a feeling of anxiety that something bad will happen
ascetic (noun)
one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation
assimilate (verb)
to integrate and absorb someone into a larger group
augur (verb)
to suggest or indicate that what will happen in the future
avail (verb)
to make use of something useful while one has the opportunity
aver (verb)
to assert or allege something confidently
burnish (verb)
to make shiny or to polish by rubbing
capricious (adj.)
changing suddenly; fickle
colloquy (noun)
a formal conversation or discussion
congenial (adj.)
pleasant and suitable to someone's taste or to a situation
contiguous (adj.)
next to; touching
deleterious (adj.)
having an unexpected harmful effect
delude (verb)
to persuade someone to believe in something that is untrue
discern (verb)
to differentiate between two or more things
deportment (noun)
the way one stands, sits, or moves
edifice (noun)
a very large building
effectual (adj.)
potentially successful in producing a desired or intended result
efficacy (noun)
an ability to produce the necessary or desired results
eminence (noun)
a position or rank of distinction or superiority
emolument (noun)
any payment for work
ensue (verb)
to take place afterward
estrange (verb)
to alienate or to separate
evanescent (adj.)
fleeting; impermanent
exhort (verb)
to urge someone strongly and earnestly to do something
feign (verb)
to pretend
gesticulation (noun)
an expressive gesture
grievous (adj.)
characterized by severe suffering or sorrow
ignominious (adj.)
deeply humiliating, disgraceful
imbibe (verb)
to absorb or drink in
impediment (noun)
something that hinders progress
importunate (adj.)
troublesomely urgent
impugn (verb)
to assail or to attack one's honor or integrity
inauspicious (adj.)
unfavorable
incredulous (adj.)
unable or unwilling to believe something
indubitable (adj.)
obvious or definitely true, and not to be doubted
inducement (noun)
a motive; an incentive
infer (verb)
to conclude something on the basis of evidence or reasoning
insidious (adj.)
treacherous or dangerous in a secret sort of way
inscrutable (adj.)
hard to interpret because not expressing anything obviously
latent (adj.)
hidden
loquacious (adj.)
very talkative
lurid (adj.)
sensual, gruesome, and causing shock or horror
malefactor (noun)
a criminal
mien (noun)
someone's appearance as an indication of mood or character
misanthrope (noun)
a hater of mankind
mollify (verb)
to soothe or to appease
morbid (adj.)
showing a strong interest in unpleasant or gloomy subjects
obeisance (noun)
a gesture of respect
obtuse (adj.)
dull of mind; insensitive; stupid
obviate (verb)
to make unnecessary; to prevent as a result of anticipating
palliate (verb)
to ease pain, guilt, or intensity
panoply (noun)
a full suit of armor; impressive array
peremptory (adj.)
expecting to be obeyed and unwilling to tolerate disobedience
penitent (adj.)
showing or feeling regret for wrongdoing
phantasmagoric (adj.)
strange or bizarre; dreamlike
physiognomy (noun)
facial features, esp. when used as indicators of character
pillory (noun)
a device used as a means of public punishment
prefigure (verb)
to represent or suggest something that will come later
probity (noun)
honesty; uprightness
progenitor (noun)
a direct ancestor of somebody or something
propensity (noun)
tendency; natural inclination
propinquity (noun)
nearness, kinship
purport (verb)
to claim, seem, or profess to be something specified
recompense (noun)
payment for a service
remonstrate (verb)
to protest or to make objections
repugnance (noun)
a very strong dislike or distaste
requite (verb)
to make payment or return
retribution (noun)
something done to someone as punishment or for vengeance
revile (verb)
to make a fierce or abusive verbal attack on someone or something
sanctify (verb)
to bless something or free someone from sin
sojourn (noun)
a brief visit
stigmatized (adj.)
identified with disgrace
succor (noun)
help or relief for someone or something
suffice (verb)
to be enough for someone or something
sumptuary (adj.)
intended to regulate behavior on moral or religious grounds
superfluous (adj.)
beyond what is needed or required
talisman (noun)
an object with magical power
tangible (adj.)
able to be touched or perceived through the sense of touch
tempestuous (adj.)
turbulent; stormy
torpid (adj.)
sluggish; without motion
transgress (verb)
to do wrong by breaking a law, rule, or moral code
tribunal (noun)
court or meeting at which a trial is carried out
vicissitude (noun)
quality of being changeable
vie (verb)
to strive for superiority or compete with someone for something
vivify (verb)
to give life to someone
voluptuous (adj.)
pleasurable to the senses; sensuous
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