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Huck Finn Vocabulary

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Abolish
(V) : to officially end or stop (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something)
Afoot
(adv or adj) developing or happening now : in progress
Air
(v) to make (something) known in public : to state (something) publicly
Ascend
(v) to rise to a higher or more powerful position in a government, company, etc.
Blithe
(adj) happy and without worry : carefree
Brash
(adj) confident and aggressive in usually a rude or unpleasant way
Brazen
(v) to continue in a confident way without showing shame or embarrassment
Calamity
(n) an event that causes great harm and suffering: disaster
Cavort
(v) to spend time in an enjoyable and often wild or improper way — usually + with
Confound
(v) to surprise and confuse (someone or something)
Contrite
(adj) feeling or showing regret for bad behavior
Dismal
(adj) showing or causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
Dissipation
(n) the act of using all or a lot of money, time, etc., in a foolish way
Divination
(n) the practice of using signs (such as an arrangement of tea leaves or cards) or special powers to predict the future
Frivolous
(adj) not important : not deserving serious attention
Haughty
(adj) having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people
Histrionic
(adj) disapproving : too emotional or dramatic
Hues
(n) a color or a shade of a color
Infernal
(adj) of or relating to hell
Languid
(adj) showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity
Jabber
(v) to talk in a fast, unclear, or foolish way
Muse
(v) to think about something carefully or thoroughly — usually + about, on, over, or upon
Pensive
(adj) quietly sad or thoughtful
Ponderous
(adj) slow or awkward because of weight and size
Providence
(n) God or fate thought of as the guide and protector of all human beings
Rapscallion
(n) rascal
Resolute
(adj) very determined : having or showing a lot of determination
Skiff
(n) a small, light boat that is usually for only one person
Slough
(n) an area of soft, wet ground or deep mud
Soliloquy
(n) a long, usually serious speech that a character in a play makes to an audience and that reveals the character's thoughts
Speculate
(v) to think about something and make guesses about it : to form ideas or theories about something usually when there are many things not known about it [no obj]
Stealthy
(adj) quiet and secret in order to avoid being noticed
Sublime
(adj) very beautiful or good : causing strong feelings of admiration or wonder
Temperance
(n) the practice of always controlling your actions, thoughts, or feelings so that you do not eat or drink too much, become too angry, etc.