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The Crucible Vocabulary

the vocab from the crucible in the Prentice Hall Literature book
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predilection
n. preexisting preference
ingratiating
adj. charming or flattering
dissembling
n. disguising one's real nature or motives
calumny
n. false accusation; slander
inculcation
n. teaching by repetition and urging
propitiation
n. action designed to soothe or satisfy a person, a cause, etc
licentious
adj. lacking moral restraint
pallor
n. paleness
ameliorate
v. make better
avidly
adv. eagerly
base
adj. low; mean
deference
n. courteous regard or respect
theology
n. the study of religion
qual
v. cringe from
gingerly
adv. cautiously
abomination
n. something that causes great horror or disgust
blasphemy
n. sinful act or remark
contentious
adj. argumentative
deposition
n. the testimony of a witness made under oath but not in open court
imperceptible
adj. barely noticeable
deferentially
adj. in a manner that bows to another's wishes; very respectfully
anonymity
n. the condition of being unknown
prodigious
adj. of great size, power, or extent
effrontery
n. shameless boldness
confounded
v. confused; dismayed
incredulously
adv. skeptically
blanched
adj. paled; whitened
agape
adj. wide open
conciliatory
adj. tending to soothe anger
beguile
v. trick
floundering
n. awkward struggling
retaliation
n. act of returning an injury or wrong
adament
adj. firm; unyielding
cleave
v. adhere; cling
sibilance
n. hissing sound
tantalized
n. tormented; frustrated
purged
v. cleansed