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30 terms

The Scarlet Letter: 1-30

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abase
to degrade, to humiliate
abate
to reduce in intensity and amount
abtruse
difficult to understand, recondite, concealed
abyss
bottomless hole, a vast expanse or depth
acuity
sharpness of perception
affinity
a likeness, a natural relationship, a kinship
alacrity
prompt and cheerful response
alchemist
one who practices medieval chemistry or tries to change metals into gold
alloy
a substance that is a mixture of metals
amenable
open to or willing to follow adivce or suggestion, tractable, malleable
antipathy
a dislike, distaste or enmity
append
to add in a supplementary manner
arduous
very difficult to accomplish or acheive, very demanding (task)
ascend
to move upward, to rise from a lower station
ascetic
one who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation; absent of luxury
audacity
excessive boldness, rashness, daring
augury
an omen or prophecy
auspicious
favorable
austere
strict, stern; unadorned, ascetic
balm
a soothing substance or one that gives relief
benevolence
kindness, generosity, charity
benign
not causing harm, of gentle disposition, beneficial
betoken
to give a sign of
blighted
destroyed or caused by decline or decay
buoyant
capable of floating; cheerful
burnish
to make shiny or to polish by rubbing
calamity
a serious event causing distress or misfortune
capricious
changing suddenly, fickle
consecrate
to dedicate or to declare sacred
credible
reliable and believable