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To Kill A Mockingbird Vocabulary List 1[Chapters 1-5]

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assuage
(v) to lessen the intensity of; to ease, pacify, quiet, appease, quench, relive (ant.: exacerbate, intensify)
dictum
(n) formal authoritative pronouncement of a principle, proposition, or opinion (plural is dicta OR dictums)
taciturn
(adj) temperamentally disinclined to talk; habitually quiet (ant.:garrulous) (not: pronunciation is tas uh turn)
repertoire
(n) list or supply of dramas, operas, pieces, ect. that a person is prepared to preform; supply of skills, ect. usedin a particular field, occupation, or practice
vapid
(adj) lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force; flat; uninteresting (not: the "a" can be short or long-- preferably short)
malvolent
(adj) wishing ill or hatred toword others
stealthy
(adj) slow, deliberate, and secret in action or character; furtive (note: stealthily = adverb, sleath = noun)
predilection
(n) a prenference for
domicile
(n) person's home; abode (not: domiciled = verb)
profane
(adj or v) as adj., defiled; serving to defile what is holy
nebulous
(adj) cloudy, hazy, foggy, indistinct
foray
(n or v) as noun, sudden or irregular attck for war or spoils; raid (not: pronunciation is for ay)
condescend
(v) 1. to descend to a less formal or dignified level, to stoop 2. to assume an air of superiority
indigenous
(adj) produced, growing, or living naturally in a particular area
covey
(n) 1. a small flock (of birds) 2. company; band (of people)
entail
(ment) (v or n) legal term meaning, in this case, that one's property or estate is temporarily held by the state until one pays taxes, etc.
sojourn
(v or n) as noun, a temporary stay
onslaught
(n) an especially fierce attack
expound
(v) 1. to set forth; to defend with argument 2. to make clear the meaning of; to explain
iniquity (iniquities)
(n) wickedness; sin
contentious
(adj) argumentative, quarrelsome
fraught
(adj) filled (for ex.: "words with fraught meaning")
monosyllabic
(adj) using or speaking only monosyllables (words of one sllyable); conspicuously brief in answering or explaining
amiable
(adj) friendly, agreeable, generally pleasing
disapprobation
(n) act or state of disssaproving
auspicious
(adj) promising good favor; favorable
tactic
(adj) implied on indicated but not actually expressed; unspoken
magisterial
(adj) with a dignified, sedate, or pompous manner
asinine
(adj) stupid; stubborn (of or relating to an ass)
quibble (quibbling)
(v or n) 1. as verb, to evade or shift from the point 2. to bicker