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Section 1 of To Kill A Mocking Bird

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aberration
A deviation from the normal, proper, or expected course. Mental derangement departure from truth or moral uprightness
assuage
To make less severe; ease. To satisfy or appease
auspicious
Favorable; propituous. Successful; prosperous.
cantankerous
Ill-tempered and quarrelsome
eccentric
Departing from a conventional pattern; person
erratic
Lacking consistency or uniformity; irregular
inordinate
Exceeding reasonable limits; immoderate. Not regulated; disorderly
invective
Harsh and insulting language used to attack or denounce
malevolent
Having or exhibiting ill will; malicious
nebulous
Cloudy, misty, or hazy. Lacking definite form or limits; vague.
oppressive
Difficult to bear; burdensome. Tyrannical. Weighing heavily on the mind or spirit
optimism
A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation
palliation
To make seem less serious; extenuate. To soothe without curing
propensity
An innate inclination; tendency
taciturn
Habitually untalkative or silent
tenterhooks
A hooked nail for securing cloth on a drying framework
tyrant
An absolute ruler, esp. an oppresive or cruel one. A harsh or domineering person
undulate
To move or cause to move in a smoothe wavelike motion
sully
To mar the cleanness or luster of. To defile; taint
vapid
Lacking liveliness, zest, or interest; flat or dull