21 terms

The Scarlet Letter Vocab

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allot
to divide or distribute by share or portion
sepulchres
a tomb, grave, or burial place
ponderous
of great weight, heavy; massive
congenial
agreeable,suitable, or pleasing in nature or character
inauspicious
not auspicious; bonding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable
physiognomy
the face or countenance, when considered as an index to the character
augured
to divine or predict; as from omens; prognosticate
tribunal
a place or seat of judgement
inference
the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
scourged
a whip or lash, esp. for the infliction of punishment or torture
magistrate
a civil officer charged with the administration of the law
venerable
commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity
scaffold
a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating speculators
infamy
extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act
abash
to destroy the self-confidence,poise, self-possession of; disconcert; make more ashamed or embarrassed
evanescent
vanishing; fading away; fleeting
ignominy
shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance
brazen
shameless or impudent
iniquity
a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin
visage
aspect; appearance
preternatural
outside of nature; supernatural