The Crucible Vocabulary – Act 2

pallor Definition: paleness especially of the face that is caused by illnessSynonym: paleness Antonym: darknessSentence: “Her strangeness throws him op, and her evident pallor and weakness” (Pg.55).
poppet Definition: a small figure often of a human being used especially as a child’s playthingSynonym: dollAntonym: animalSentence: “Why, thank you, it’s a fair poppet” (Pg.56).
ameliorate Definition: to make better or more bearableSynonym: improveAntonym: worsenSentence: “To ameliorate it: But not Sarah Good. For Sarah Good confessed, y’see” (Pg.56).
crone Definition: an old woman who is thin and uglySynonym: beldameAntonym: girlSentence: “And then she replies – mimicking an old crone “Why, your excellence, no curse at all. I only say my commandments; I hope I may say my commandments,” says she!” (Pg.58).
sarcastical Definition: of, relating to, or characterized by sarcasmSynonym: snideAntonym: respectfulSentence: “I only hope you’ll not be so sarcastical no more” (Pg.60).
wily Definition: skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfullySynonym: cannyAntonym: foolishSentence: “But the Devil is a wily one, you cannot deny it” (Pg.64).
daft Definition: silly; foolishSynonym: idioticAntonym: wiseSentence: “I never knew until tonight that the world is gone daft with this nonsense” (Pg.68).
suspicion Definition: the act or an instance of suspecting something wrong without proof or on slight evidenceSynonym: intuitionAntonym: certainSentence: “What’s your suspicion, Mr. Hale” (Pg.66).
quail Definition: feel or show fear or apprehensionSynonym: cowerAntonym: braverySentence: “I have seen too many frightful proofs in court – the Devil is alive in Salem, and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing finger points” (Pg.71).
falter Definition: to speak brokenly or weakly Synonym: stammerAntonym: declareSentence: “I may falter somewhat, Mister; I am no fool” (Pg.69).
jabberer Definition: someone who talks rapidly or nonsensicallySynonym: prattleAntonym: articulateSentence: “But – surely you know what a jabberer she is” (Pg.57).
contempt Definition: lack of respect or reverence for somethingSynonym: disdainAntonym: respectSentence: “John, have you ever shown her some-what of contempt” (Pg.61).
base Definition: lacking moral principlesSynonym: ignobleAntonym: nobleSentence: “Woman, am I so base? Do you truly think me base” (Pg.62).
lechery Definition: unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desireSynonym: lustAntonym: aversionSentence: “Abby’ll charge lechery on you, Mr. Proctor” (Pg.80).
calamity Definition: a state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or lossSynonym: catastropheAntonym: blessingSentence: “Why, this go hard with her, Proctor, this – I hadmy doubts, Proctor, I had my doubts, but here’s’ calamity” (Pg.74).
tainted Definition: contaminated morallySynonym: infectAntonym: cleanSentence: “Believe me, Mr. Nurse, if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothing’s left to stop the whole green world from burning” (Pg.71).
reprimanding Definition: a severe reproof or rebuke, especially a formal one by a person in authoritySynonym: admonishAntonym: praiseSentence: “Elizabeth, with a sense of reprimanding herself for having forgot: Aye! She gets up and goes and pours a glass for him” (Pg.51).
draught Definition: the amount swallowed in a single act of drinkingSynonym: gulpAntonym: sipSentence: “Proctor, drinks a long draught, then, putting the glass down: You ought to bring some flowers in the house” (Pg.51).
blasphemy Definition: the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for GodSynonym: sacrilegeAntonym: reverenceSentence: “Some secret blasphemy that stinks to Heaven” (Pg.79).
vengeance Definition: punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense Synonym: retributionAntonym: forgivenessSentence: “I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem – vengeance is walking Salem” (Pg.77).
mocking Definition: a contemptuous or derisive imitative action or speech; mockery or derisionSynonym: ridiculingAntonym: respectfullySentence: “Francis, with a mocking, half-hearted laugh: For murder, she’s charged!” (Pg.71).
Sabbath Definition: the first day of the week, Sunday, similarly observed by most Christians in commemoration of the Resurrection of ChristSynonym: Lord’s dayAntonym: workdaySentence: “In the book of record that Mr. Parris keeps, I note that you are rarely in the church on Sabbath Day” (Pg.64).
adultery Definition: voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husbandSynonym: infidelityAntonym: fidelitySentence: “Adultery, John” (Pg.67).
monstrous Definition: having extraordinary size Synonym: giganticAntonym: tinySentence: “She’d dare not call out such a farmer’s wife but there be monstrous profit in it” (Pg.61).

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