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The Scarlet Letter Vocab

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phantasmagoric
fantastic imagery in art or dreams, constantly changing scene of numerous elements
augur
ancient Roman religious official who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens, prophet, seer, soothsayer
contumely
a rudeness or contempt from arrogance; insolence
ignominy
great personal dishonor or humiliation, shameful or disgraceful action, conduct, or character
physiognomies
Facial features
impropriety
improper act
remonstrance
the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest especially a formal statement of grievances
heterodox
not in agreement with accepted beliefs, especially in church doctrine; unorthodox opinions
mien
manner, reveals inner state of mind
caprice
sudden unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes
plebeian
one of the common people
preternaturally
supernaturally
sumptuary
regulating or controlling expenditure or personal behavior (prevent extravagance and luxury morally or religiously)
inauspicious
future success is not likely; unfavorable
cabalistic
relating to mystical interpretation or esoteric doctrine
(estoteric-intended for only a small number of people to understand with specific knowledge or interest)
epoch
beginning of a distinctive period in history of a story
eldritch
weird, sinister, ghostly
panoply
splendid display
imperious
assuming authority without justification; arrogant; domineering
peremptory
not open to appeal or challenge; final
efficacy
capacity or power to produce a desired effect
obstinacy
stubbornness; trait of being difficult to handle or overcome
abate
become less intense or widespread
alchemy
a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times
anathema
an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation
sagacity
ability to make good judgments
contumaciously
in a stubbornly disobedient manner
emolument
salary; payment for an office; compensation
lurid
causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
progenitor
a direct ancestor