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To Kill a Mockingbird

Vocabulary terms from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird
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assuaged
adj. (p. part.) having been calmed, eased, or pacified
apothecary
n. an individual who prepares or sells drugs or medicines; a pharmacist
taciturn
adj. usually or habitually untalkative
repertoire
n. The range of skills, aptitudes, or special accomplishments of an individual or group
vapid
adj. lacking energy, animation, or interest; dull or boring
malevolent
adj. having or exhibiting ill will; wishing to harm others; malicious
nebulous
adj. lacking definite form or limits; vague; unclear
condescended
v. (past) to treat or deal with people in a patronizing or superior manner
indigenous
adj. originating and living in an area or environment; native
wallowing
v. (past per. prog.) to great pleasure in; to luxuriate in; to revel
illicitly
adv. acting in a manner that is prohibited, banned, or unlawful
impressionistic
adj. related to one's emotional response rather than to a rational or reasoned response
entailment
n. a legal situation regarding the use of inherited property.
vexations
n. sources or causes of annoyance or distress
dispensation
n. the act of dispensing, of handing or giving out
cordially
adv. acting with warmth or sincerity; in a kindly or friendly manner
tranquility
n. the quality or state of being calm and peaceful; serenity
iniquities
n. severe injustices; immoral acts or sins
flinty
adj. unyielding; uncompromising; stern
contemptuous
adj. feeling contempt towards another; scornful or derisive
contentious
adj. likely to argue and create a controversy; belligerent
diminutive
adj. extremely small; tiny; petite
fractious
adj. inclined to make trouble; unruly or difficult to control
judiciously
adv. in a careful or thoughtful manner; acting with deliberation or wisdom
disapprobation
n. strong disapproval; moral condemnation
auspicious
adj. suggesting a favorable outcome; propitious; likely to have a positive result
arbitrated
v. (past) to judge or settle a dispute or disagreement
melancholy
adj. sadness or depression of the spirit; gloom
benign
adj. showing gentleness and kindness
tacit
adj. suggested by actions rather than by words; unspoken
pestilence
n. a usually fatal disease or widespread epidemic
benevolence
n. an inclination to perform kind, generous acts
placidly
adv. in an undisturbed or calm manner; calmly
asinine
adj. completely foolish or silly; ridiculous
edification
n. intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement; enlightenment
unfathomable
adj. unable to be understood or comprehended; incomprehensible
aberrations
n. deviations or changes from what is normal or expected
deportment
n. manner of conduct; behavior
obstreperous
adj. noisily and stubbornly defiant; rebellious
invective
n. insulting or abusive language
rudiments
n. fundamental or basic elements, principles, or skills
philippic
n. a verbal attack consisting of harsh or abusive language; a tirade
umbrage
n. a sense of being insulted; offense
rectitude
n. moral uprightness; righteousness
palliation
n. the act of making something seem less serious or severe; a relief from distress
undulate
v. to move up and down in a wave-like motion
habiliments
n. clothing or dress associated with a particular place or office
ecclesiastical
adj. of or related to a church or religious institution
impedimenta
n. objects that impede, slow down, or clutter
denunciation
n. a public attack or condemnation; a public censure
austere
adj. strict or severe in discipline
formidable
adj. inspiring awe, admiration, and wonder
prerogative
n. the exclusive right or privilege to command, decide, rule, or judge
obliquely
adv. in an indirect or evasive manner; indirectly
acquiescence
n. passive assent or agreement without protest
elucidate
v. to make clear or plain through explanation or discourse; to clarify
temerity
n. foolish disregard for one's safety; bravado
furtive
adj. characterized by stealth; shifty
irascible
adj. easily angered; short-tempered