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Huck Finn Vocab -- Hudson

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victuals
any substance that can be used as food
infernal
extremely evil or cruel
dialect
the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
vernacular
the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
temperance
restraint or moderation, especially in regards to alcohol or food
dauphin
the eldest son of the King of France and direct heir to the throne
phrenology
a now abandoned study of the shape of skull as indicative of the strengths of different faculties
elocution
an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
gumption
fortitude and determination
satire
form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly
addled
confused and vague
highfalutin
Pompous or pretentious
impudent
improperly forward or bold
insurrection
organized opposition to authority
ornery
having a difficult and contrary disposition
palaver
loud and confused and empty talk
providence
divine guidance or care
putrefy
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
quixotic
very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
doxology
a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God
row
an angry dispute
shirk
avoid dealing with
remiss
failing in what duty requires
obsequies
funeral rites or ceremonies
nabob
a wealthy man (especially one who made his fortune in the Orient)