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Their Eyes Were Watching God Vocab

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Abyss
a deep, immeasurable space
Aromatic
fragrant or sweet-scented
Bellow
to emit a loud, hollow, emotional cry or sound
Blotchy
consisting of large or irregular spots
Brazen
bold and without shame or concern
Bushel
a unit of dry measure
Ceased
to stop; discontinue
Cherubim
a celestial being; referring to a beautiful or innocent child (cherub)
Clamor
a load uproar; a vehement expression of dissatisfaction
Confer
to consult; carry on a discussion
Confidant(e)
a close friend or associate
Coquetry
flirtation; actions of a coquette, a woman who flirts with men
Counterpane
a quilt or coverlet for a bed; bedspread
Cur
a mongrel dog; a mean, cowardly person
Denounce
to condemn, censure, or accuse openly or publicly
Defile
to make foul, dirty, or unclean; to make impure
Delirium
disorder of the mental faculties; violent excitement or emotion
Disgorge
to eject from the throat, mouth, or stomach; discharge forcefully
Dishevel
untidiness; disarray; disorderly appearance as with hair or clothing
Desecrate
to treat with sacrilege or irreverence; violate and disrespect
Dilate
to make wider or larger; cause to expand
Discomfiture
confusion; frustration of hopes or plans
Disillusion
to let down; disappoint; to free from illusion; deprive of belief
Drawl
to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels
Droves
a large group in motion
Dwindle
to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away
Emanate
to flow out, issue, or process, as from a source or origin
Excruciating
extremely painful; causing intense suffering
Fetid
having an offensive odor; stinking
Fissures
a narrow opening or separation of parts
Fodder
raw material
Fracas
a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl
Fractious
unruly; readily angered; irritable
Fretful
disposed or quick to become irritable or worried
Gape
to stare with open mouth, as in wonder; a wide-opening gap
Homage
respect or reverence paid or rendered
Hordes
a large group, a mass or crowd
Indiscriminate
lacking in care, judgment, selectivity; not kept apart
Insinuation
indirect or covert suggestion or hint, especially if derogatory
Iodine
used in medicine as an antiseptic
Irked
to irritate, annoy, or exasperate
Lacerate
to tear roughly; mangle
Languid
lacking in vigor or vitality, spirit or interest; listless
Loping
to move or run with bounding steps
Malice
evil intent on the part of a person who commits a wrongful act
Menial
lowly and sometimes degrading; servile
Mien
demeanor, as a showing of character type
Muck
mud; highly organic, dark soil; a state of chaos or confusion
Ostentatious
pretentious, conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others
Pacify
to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquility; quiet; calm
Percale
a closely woven, smooth-finished cotton cloth
Peevish
showing annoyance, irritation; cross, querulous, or fretful
Phosphorescent
emitting light without appreciable heat; soft glow of light
Predecessor
a person who precedes another
Privy
participating in the knowledge of something private or secret
Profusely
abundant; in great amount; giving freely
Promontory
a high point of land or rock projecting into water; prominent
Prostrating
submission; lying face down
Pugnacious
inclined to quarrel or fight readily
Refract
to change the direction of light; to alter course
Resignation
full acceptance of something; statement ceding a position
Resurrection
the act of rising from the dead
Sanctum
a sacred or holy place; a private place or retreat
Sashaying
to glide, move, or proceed easily
Scimitar
acurved, single-edged sword
Seraph
a member of the highest order of angels
Snub
to treat with disdain or contempt; ignore
Sodden
soaked with liquid; saturated; soggy; bloated
Spry
active, nimble, agile, energetic
Stolid
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive
Sultry
oppressively hot and close or moist; sweltering
Supplication
an act of humility; humble prayer or petition
Swagger
to walk or strut with a defiant air; boast or brag noisily
Tangible
capable of being touched; real or actual; definite
Temerity
reckless boldness; rashness
Temporize
to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or to delay acting
Transients
not lasting; staying only a short time; not permanent
Transmutation
change to another nature, substance, form, or condition
Usurp
to seize power or position by force, without legal right or authority
Wanton
done or used maliciously or unjustifiably; lawless, unrestrained