Chapter 12-21 Vocab To Kill a Mockingbird

Altercation (pg. 131)”After on altercation when Jem hollered, ‘It’s time you started bein’ a girl…'” a noisy argument or disagreement, especially in public.
Compensation (pg. 132)”The fact that I had permanent fiancĂ© was little compensation for his absence.” something, typically money, awarded to someone as a recompense for loss, injury, or suffering.
Qualms (pg. 137)”I did likewise with no qualms” an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one’s own conduct; a misgiving.
Tedious (pg. 141)”The Reverend took a long time unwidin’ this morning, he’s not usually so tedious.” too long, slow, or dull: tiresome or monotonous.
Formidable (pg. 146)”From any angle, it was formidable.” inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.
Prerogative (pg. 147)”…given the slightest chance she would exercise her royal prerogative…” a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class.
Obscure (pg. 154)’…was one obscure observation we met head on from a skinny gentlemen when he passed us.” not discovered or known about; uncertain.
Myopic (pg. 149)’…because Sinkfield reduced his guests to myopic drunkenness one evening…” nearsighted
Antagonize (pg. 157)”Scout, try not to antagonize Aunty, hear?” cause (someone) to become hostile.
Reverent (pg. 159) “God Almighty.” Jem’s voice was reverent.” feeling or showing deep and solemn respect.
Subpoena (pg.183)”Better be careful he doesn’t hand you a subpoena” a writ ordering a person to attend a court.
Elucidate (pg. 183)”We asked Miss Maudie to elucidate: she said Miss Stephanie seemed to know so much about the case…” make (something) clear; explain.
Scrutiny (pg. 190)”The jury, thinking themselves under close scrutiny, paid attention.” critical observation or examination.
Perpetual (pg. 209)”…the younger children had perpetual colds and suffered fro chronic ground-itch…” never ending or changing.
Articulate (pg. 214)”Suddenly Mayella became articulate” having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently.
Caliber (pg. 223)’…an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber.” the quality of someone’s character or the level of someone’s ability
Vengeance (pg. 238)”She just rearranged food on her plate, … while Calpurnia served, Jem, Dill and me with a vengeance.’ punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.
Pauper (pg. 234)” ‘…there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller…'” a very poor person.
Acquit (pg. 237)” ‘You think they’ll acquit him fast?'” free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty.
Indignant (pg. 237)”…we glimpsed Calpurnia’s indignant profile…” poor; needy
Pensive (pg. 154)”Atticus looked pensive” engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought.
Strenuous (pg. 204)”…She became what she was, a thick-bodied girl accustomed to strenuous labor.” requiring or using great exertion.
Discreet (pg. 228)”Mr. Raymond chuckled, not at all offended, and I tried to frame a discreet question:” careful and circumspect in one’s speech or actions, especially in order to avoid causing offense or to gain an advantage.
Seldom (pg. 229)”When I come to town, which is seldom, if I weave a little and drink out of this sack,” not often; rarely.
Toying (pg. 230)”…because they were on his table. Tom Robinson was toying with them.” move or handle (an object) absentmindedly or nervously.
Detachment (pg. 231)”Atticus was speaking easily, with the kind of detachment he used when he dictated a letter.” the state of being objective or aloof.
Aridity (pg. 231)”His voice had lost its aridity, its detachment, and he was talking to the jury as if they were folks on the post office corner.” lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune.
Circumstantial (pg. 232)”We don’t know, but there is circumstantial evidence to indicate that Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone..” find a way around (an obstacle)
Unmitigated (pg. 233)”And so a quiet respectable, humble Negro who had the unmitigated temerity to ‘feel sorry'” absolute; unqualified.
Contorted (pg. 206)”Mayella’s face contorted, and I was afraid that she would cry again.” twist or bend out of its normal shape.

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