50 terms

Scarlet Letter Vocab

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sepulchre
a tomb
physiognomy
facial features
inference
a conclusion
demeanor
one's behavior/actions
malefactress
a woman who does bad things
heathen
an unconverted person
beadle
a minor court official
abash
ashamed
ignominy
public shame
brazen
shameless
visage
the face, usually with reference to shape, appearance
iniquity
gross injustice or wickedness
ignominious
humiliating
deportment
demeanor, conduct, behavior
scaffold
an elevated platform or stage on which a criminal is executed or humiliated
penal
pertaining to, or involving punishment, as for crimes or offenses
pillory
a wooden framework erected on a post with holes for securing the head and hands, formally used to expose an offender to public derision
papist
a roman catholic
remonstrance
a protest
garb
outward appearance or form; clothes
writhe
to twist the body as in pain or to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort
imperceptible
very slight, gradual, or subtle
infamy
bad reputation as the result of a shameful, criminal or outrageous act
eminent
high station, rank, or repute
eloquence
the practice of art of using language with fluency and aptness
tremulous
characterized by trembling as from fear, nervousness, or weakness
amenable
liable to be called o account; answerable; legally responsible
sojourn
a temporary stay
delude
to mislead the mind or judgement of or to mock or frustrate the hopes or aims of; evade
delusion
a false belief or opinion
progenitor
a person or thing that first indicates a direction, originates something, or serves as a model
sumptuary
pertaining to deal, or regulating personal habits on moral or religious grounds
plebeian
belonging to the common people; common person
sable
the color black, often being on of the heraldic colors
ingenuity
the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; skill in imagination
superfluous
unnecessary or needless
intimation
a hint or suggestion
infernal
of inhabiting or befitting hell
incredulity
inability or unwillingness to believe
caprice
a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather
sprite
an elf, fairy, or goblin
balm
an ointment or anything that soothes
imp
a little devil/demon; evil spirit; mischievous child
query
mental reservation; doubt
dauntless
not to be intimidated; fearless; bold
leech
an instrument used for drawing blood; doctor; parasite that sucks blood; follower who wants to gain
venerable
impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance
retribution
a just and deserve punishment
mountebank
a person who sells quack medicines as from a platform in public places attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc.
boon
something to be thankful for, blessing, benefit