the scarlet letter - part 1 vocab

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decorous

marked by decency and good taste

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truculency

aggressively self-assertive

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progenitor

an ancestor in the direct line

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venerable

calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments

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laudable

worthy of praise

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tempestuous

resembling a "tempest" : turbulent, stormy. characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion

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epoch

an event or a time marked by an event that begins a new period or development.

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expatiate

to move freely or at will

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impunity

exemption or freedom from punishment, har, or loss

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dearth

a scarcity or lack of something

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evanescent

tending to vanish like vapor. fading or disappearing

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filial

of or due from a son or daughter. "filial affection"

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predilection

an established preference for something

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appellation

an identifying name or title

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inauspicious

not conducive to success; unpromising.

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physiognomy

a person's facial features or expression - judging from ones facial expression

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augur

portend (foreshadow/fortell) a good or bad outcome

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purport

to appear or claim to be doing something - especially falsely (something implied or inferred)

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ignominy

disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action.

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mien

a person's look or manner especially one indicating their character or mood

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abate

to decrease in force or intensity

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quell

subdue or silence someone / put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force.

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peremptory

(especially of a person's manner or actions) insisting on immediate attention or obedience, especially in a brusquely imperious way.

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efficacy

the ability to produce a desired or intended result.

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superfluous

exceeding what is sufficient or necessary

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repugnance

intense disgust. the quality or fact of being contradictory or inconsistent

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succor

help in a difficult situation / something that furnishes relief

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talisman

an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune

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inscrutable

impossible to understand or interpret.

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caprice

a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior/ seemingly unmotivated action

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phantasmagoric

a sequence of real or imaginary images like those seen in a dream.

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pristine

not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted/belonging to the earliest period or state

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tome

a large and scholarly book

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adduce

to offer as example, reason, or proof to advance in discussion or analysis

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leech

a hanger-on who seeks advantage or gain

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sagacity

having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd/ of keen and farsighted penetration and judgement

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vilify

speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner ex) "he has been vilified in the press"

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ominous

foreboding or foreshadowing evil

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inimical

tending to obstruct or harm/ unfriendly; hostile/ being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolance

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somniferous

tending to induce sleep; soporific.

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