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TKAM Vocab

Vocabulary from "To Kill a Mockingbird"

TermDefinition
Assuage (v) make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense; satisfy (an appetite or desire)
Piety (n) the quality of being religious or reverent
Stricture (n) a sternly critical or censorious remark or instruction
Dictum (n) a short statement that expresses a general truth or principle; a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source
Chattel (n) an item of property other than real estate
Taciturn (adj) (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little
Imprudent (adj) not showing care for the consequences of an action; rash
Predilection (n) a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something
Domicile (v) treat a specified country as a permanent home; reside or be based
Pulpit (n) a raised platform or lectern in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon
Nebulous (adj) in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy
Foray (n) a sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, esp. to obtain something; a raid
Covey (n) a small group of people or things; a small party of flock of birds, esp. partridge
Vexation (n) something that causes annoyance, frustration, or worry; the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried
Sojourn (n) a temporary stay; (v) stay somewhere temporarily
Expound (v) present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail
Iniquity (n) immoral or grossly unfair behavior
Diminutive (adj) extremely or unusually small
Fractious (adj) (typically of children) irritable and quarrelsome; (of a group or organization) difficult to control; unruly
Amiable (adj) having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
Auspicious (adj) conducive to success; favorable; giving or being a sign of future success
Tacit (adj) understood or implied without being stated
Magisterial (adj) having or showing great authority
Edification (n) the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually
Aberration (n) a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typ. one that is unwelcome
Touchous (adj) touchy; overly sensitive
Plait (v) to form (hair or other material) into a braid
Tousled (v) to make (something, esp. a person’s hair) untidy
Inordinate (adj) unusually or disproportionately large; excessive
Lineament (n) a distinctive feature or characteristic, esp. of a face (usu. in the plural)
Provocation (n) action or speech that makes someone annoyed or angry, esp. deliberately
Deportment (n) a person’s behavior or manners
Tarry (v) to stay longer than intended; to delay leaving a place
Obstreperous (adj) noisy and difficult to control
Gallant (adj) (of a person or their behavior) brave; heroic; (of a man or his behavior) giving special attention and respect to women; chivalrous
Invective (n) insulting, abusive, or highly critical language
Philippic (n) a bitter attack or denunciation, esp. a verbal one
Umbrage (n) offense or annoyance
Rectitude (n) morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness
Interdict (n) an authoritative prohibition; (v) to prohibit or forbid (something)
Palliate (v) to make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause; allay or moderate (fears or suspicions)
Propensity (n) an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a certain way
Austere (adj) severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance
Heady (adj) (of liquor) potent; intoxicating; having a strong or exhilarating effect
Oblique (adj) (of speech) indirect; slanted
Myopic (adj) nearsighted; lacking imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight
Rankle (v) (of a comment, event, or fact) to cause annoyance or resentment that persists
Manacle (n) a metal band, chain, or shackle for fastening someone’s hands or ankles
Impassive (adj) not feeling or showing emotion
Fey (adj) giving an impression of vague unworldliness; having supernatural powers of clairvoyance
Elucidate (v) to make (something) clear; explain
Litigant (n) a person involved in a lawsuit
Corrugated (adj) (of a material, surface, or structure) shaped into alternate ridges and grooves
Acrimonious (adj) (typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter
Pantomime (n) an absurdly exaggerated piece of behavior; a ridiculous or confused situation or event (inf)
Lavation (n) the act or an instance of washing or cleansing
Candid (adj) truthful and straightforward; frank
Temerity (n) excessive confidence or boldness; audacity
Fatalistic (adj) relating to or characteristic of the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable
Wry (adj) using or expressing dry, esp. mocking, humor
Sordid (adj) involving ignoble actions and motives;arousing moral distaste and contempt
Impertinence (n) lack of respect; rudeness
Duress (n) threats, violence, restraints or other actions brought to bear on someone to do something against their will or better judgement
Largo (n) a passage, movement, or composition marked to be performed in a slow tempo and with a dignified style
Annals (n) a record of events year by year; historical records
Florid (adj) elaborately or excessively intricate or complicated; having a red or flushed complexion
Purloin (v) to steal (something)
Irascible (adj) having or showing a tendency to be easily angered
Rout (v) to defeat and cause to retreat in disorder
Pinion (v) to tie or hold the arms or legs of (someone)
Staccato (adj) performed with each note sharply detached or separated from the others
Untrammeled (adj) not deprived of freedom of action or expression; not restricted or hampered
Garish (adj) obtrusively bright and showy; lurid
Created by: cogn
 

 



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