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Vocabulary for the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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Abhorrence
hate coupled with disgust
Appalled
struck with fear, dread, or consternation
Ardent
glowing or shining like fire;characterized by intense emotion
Atrocious
exceptionally bad or displeasing
Blight
something that frustrates plans or hopes
Commensurate
corresponding in size or degree or extent
Conspicuous
obvious to the eye or mind
Debasing
lowering in character, quality, or value; degrading
Dilapidate
bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
Diligently
constant in effort to accomplish something
Dissipation
useless or profitless activity
Emaciated
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
Epoch
a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event
Evince
give expression to
Expedient
a means to an end;serving to promote your interest
Feasible
capable of being done with means at hand and circumstances as they are
Forte
an asset of special worth or utility
Imbue
spread or diffuse through
Impertinent
improperly forward or bold
Impropriety
an indecent or improper act
Ineffable
defying expression or description
Minute
infinitely or immeasurably small
Misnomer
an incorrect or unsuitable name
Mulatto
an offspring of a Black and a White parent
Myriad
a large indefinite number
Odiousness
the quality of being offensive
Pernicious
exceedingly harmful
Precept
rule of personal conduct
Presumptuous
assuming too much; arrogant
Quail
draw back, as with fear or pain
Reverberate
to throw or bend back or reflect (from a surface)
Sagacity
ability to make good judgments
Sentinel
a person employed to watch for something to happen
Urchin
poor and often mischievous city child