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TKM Chapter 1

Vocabulary for To Kill a Mockingbird - Chapter 1

TermDefinition
Assuaged Make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense; relieve
Dictum a law or official rule
Taciturn Reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little
Unsullied Clean, untouched; not stained or tarnished
Ambled Walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace
Detachment dispose of; send off; remove from
Tyrannical Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way
Revelation is the revealing or disclosing, through active or passive communication
Eccentric odd, strange, peculiar. Deviating from an established or usual pattern or style
Vapid Offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging
Veranda a porch along the outside of a building
Malevolent Vicious; having or showing a wish to do evil to others
Morbid gloomy, unwholesome. Suggesting an unhealthy mental state
Predilection Preference by custom or habit. A bias in favor of something
Beadle a lay official of a church or synagogue who may usher
Probate Court dealing with wills or estates. The legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims
Concede Admit that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it
Nebulous In the form of a cloud or haze; hazy
Foray A sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory – a raid.
“The disturbance” The Civil War
Vague Optimism unclear hope about the future
Routine Contentment humdrum happiness; predictable satisfaction
Phantom ghost
Stealthy sneaky
Alien strange
Apothecary a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs
Piety the quality of being religious
Stinginess unwilling to give or spend; ungenerous.
Persecution hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs.
Chattles slaves
The bar the profession of a lawyer
Spittoon a receptacle for spit