To Kill A Mockingbird Vocabulary

malevolent wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
erratic liable to sudden unpredictable change
edification moral improvement or guidance
nocturnal of or relating to or occurring in the night
indigenous originating where it is found, native to an area
auspicious attended by favorable circumstances
prediliction preference; a disposition in favor of something, a strong liking
cowlick a tuft of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair and usually will not lie flat
benevolence an act intending or showing kindness and good will
melancholy a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed, expressing sadness
repertoire a collection of works that an artist or company can perform
contentious involving or likely to cause controversy, having a disposition to fight
probate a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate
vapid lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest: dull, banal
condescended to come down voluntarily to the level of inferiors: lowering one’s self to the level of one found inferior
magisterial of or relating to a magistrate; relating to a person or an office that poses power.
diminutive small, smaller than most others of the same type
malignant deadly, extremely harmful, evil; spiteful, malicious
lineament the characteristic parts of a person’s face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin. The lines and features that define a person’s face.
caricature a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect. Usually exageraties one particular feature of a person.
passe old fashioned; out-of-style
innate having from birth; occurring naturally rather than being learned
ascertaining making certain; discovering; determining. To discover through examination.
morphodite combination of two elements, often two genders, probable meant to be hermaphodite something that is a combination of diverse elements. An individual born with male and female sexual organs.
apoplectic extremely angry or furious
viscous having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
essence the basic, real, and invariable nature of a thing or its significant individual feature or features
trousseau the possessions, such as clothing & linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage.
undulate move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion. Smooth wave like motion
Confederate of or having to do with the southern Confederacy during the Civil War
analogous similar or correspondent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar, a form of analogy
elusive be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or in the physical sense
congenial pleasant; friendly; in agreement with one’s tastes and nature; Ex. congenial weather
uncouth lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
ambidextrous marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
myopic nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
acrimonious stinging, bitter in temper or tone
bode to be an omen of; to indicate by signs, a feeling caused by the omens. Ex. The storm did not bode well for the harvest.
tedious so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
caste system a set of rigid social categories that determined not only a person’s occupation and economic potential, but also his or her position in society
infallible incapable of failure or error
corset a tight fitting undergarment worn to enhance appearance
placid without untoward incident or disruption: not easily irritated
acquiescence agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
venerable respectable due to age
impudent improperly forward or bold: bordering on disrespectful
temerity fearless daring and boldness
arid lacking vitality or spirit
volition the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
perpetrate perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
perpetual occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted
duress compulsory force or threat
cynical believing the worst of human nature and motives
browbeat discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner
contraband goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
expunge remove by erasing or crossing out
acquittal a judgment of not guilty
pilgrimage a journey to a sacred place
exodus a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
unmitigated not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity
vehement marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions
remorse a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
ascertain find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
perforate pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
recluse withdrawn from society, chossing to live in solitude.
notoriety the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality
incantation a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
lichen any of several eruptive skin diseases characterized by hard thick lesions grouped together and resembling lichens growing on rocks
garish tastelessly showy or gaudy
spurious intended to deceive, possible but false.
savor derive or receive pleasure from
squander spend thoughtlessly, wastefully. to waste
mortification an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect
eccentricity strange and unconventional behavior
divinity the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth
muse the source of an artist’s inspiration
purloin to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer. To appropriate wrongly.
mantelpiece shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
acquit pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
alleged stated without proof
appeal (law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court’s judgment or the granting of a new trial
capital charge a charge for a crime that is punishable by death
capital felony a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment
carnal knowledge the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman
change of venue the moving of a trial to a different location
chattels personal property, slave
circumstantial not direct; conditional
commutes changes the penalty to one less severe
convened to come together in a group; to cause a group of people to assemble
evidence all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
expunge to erase or eliminate
libel written untruths that are harmful to someone’s reputation
litigants people engaged in a lawsuit
misdemeanor a crime or offense that is less serious than a felony; any minor misbehavior or misconduct
profane corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
statute an act passed by a legislative body
subpoena a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
under oath A promise sworn under God in the court room during a trial to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

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