To Kill a Mockingbird Vocabulary Chapter 4-7


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remainder (n)
the part that is left when the other people or things are gone, used, etc.
auspicious (adj)
showing or suggesting that future success is likely
sluggish (adj)
moving slowly or lazily
cram (v)
to fill (something) so that there is no room for anything else
gargle (v)
to clean your throat and mouth with a liquid that you move around in your throat and then spit out
parched (adj)
very dry especially because of hot weather and no rain
gingerly (adj)
very carefully
ethical (adj)
following accepted rules of behaviour;morally right and good
abominable ( adj)
very bad or unpleasant
arbitrate (v)
to settle an argument between two people or groups after hearing the opinions and ideas of both
contradiction (n)
the act of saying something that is opposite or very different in meaning to something else
mortify (v)
to cause (someone) to feel very embarrassed and foolish
pitcher (n)
a container with a lip and handle that is used for holding and pouring out liquids; a jug
phenomenon (n)
something (such as an interesting fact or event) that can be observed and studied and that typically is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully
immune (adj)
not influenced or affected by something
probate (n)
the process of proving in court that the will of a person who has died is valid
nag (n)
to annoy (someone) by often complaining about his or her behavior, appearance, etc.
a formal meeting in a court in which evidence about crimes, disagreements, etc., is presented to a judge and often a jury so that decisions can be made according to the law
plot (n)
a secret plan to do something that is usually illegal or harmful
benign (adj)
not causing harm or damage
magisterial (adj)
having the confident quality of someone who expects to be obeyed by other people
widow (n)
a woman whose husband has died
cordial (adj)
politely pleasant and friendly
to keep (someone or something) within limits ; to prevent (someone or something) from going beyond a particular limit, area, etc
Baptist (n)
a member of a Christian church in which members are baptized only as adults
communion (n)
a Christian ceremony in which bread is eaten and wine is drunk as a way of showing devotion to Jesus Christ
emerge (v)
to rise or appear from a hidden or unknown place or condition : to come out into view
placid (adj)
not easily upset or excited
edify (v)
to teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character
quibble (v)
to argue or complain about small, unimportant things
prowess (n)
great ability or skill
fatal (adj)
causing death, ruin or failure
ramshackle (adj)
in a very bad condition and needing to be repaired
solitary (adj)
separate from other people or things
magnify (v)
to make (something) seem greater or more important than it is
mutter (v)
to speak quietly so that it is difficult for other people to hear what you say
wrench (v)
to twist or pull something violently
latch (n)
a type of door lock that can be opened from the inside by turning a lever or knob but can only be opened from the outside with a key
pilgrimage (n)
a journey to a holy place
flunk (v)
to get a failing grade in something, such as an examination or course
estimate (v)
to make a guess based on the information you have about the size, amount, etc., of something
frequency (n)
the number of times that something happens during a particular period
baffle (v)
to confuse (someone) completely
shudder (v)
to shake because of fear, cold
tarnished (adj)
metal that is dull, not shiny
burden (n)
someone or something that is very difficult to accept, do, or deal with
pillar (n
: a large post that helps to hold up something (such as a roof)
appreciate (v)
to understand the worth or importance of (something or someone) : to admire and value (something or someone)
speechless (adj)
unable to speak because of anger, surprise, etc.
revenge (n)
the act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you
swift (adj)
happening or done quickly or immediately
bewilderment (n)
insane (adj)
not sane; having or showing severe mental illness
malignant (adj )
very serious and dangerous; tending or likely to grow and spread in a rapid and uncontrolled way that can cause death
respiration (n)
the act or process of breathing
eerie (adj)
strange and mysterious
rigid (adj)
not able to be bent easily ; stiff
dwell on (v)
to think or talk about (something) for a long time
motion (v)
to make a movement of your hand, head, etc., that tells someone to move or act in a certain way; to gesture
narrow (adj)
long and not wide : small from one side to the other side

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