*To Kill A Mockingbird Vocabulary Chapters 1-5

assuaged (v) to lessen or to calm. “My nervousness was _____ once I realized I wasn’t going to have to give the speech after all.”
apothecary* (n) an early form of a pharmacist; they could also prepare and prescribe drugs.
taciturn (adj) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little”The twin sisters could not be more different; Paige is very talkative and Sydney is more ____.”
repertoire (n) all the special skills a person has;A very good magician will have an extensive _____ of tricks.During the off-season, he added an impressive curve-ball to his ______ of pitches.
vapid (adj) offering nothing that is interesting or stimulating.I’d rather watch anything on the History Channel before I’d sit through a _____ episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
malevolent (adj) evil, wanting harm to befall others”Yesterday we watched a terrifying movie about a ____ serial killer.”
predilection (n) a preference, or a preferred way of doing something. “She loves vanilla and strawberry, but I’ve always had a ______ towards everything chocolate.””In C103, Mr. Latini has a _____ for using only one set of lights.”
nebulous (adj) Lacking definite form, shape, or limits.”We looked at the ________ images reflecting in the water.” (adj) Can also mean vague or unclear. “I have a hard time understanding _________ concepts like the space/time continuum and time.”
condescended (v) To descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself. “He thought he was better than everyone in the room, but finally _______ to ask the boy next to him for help.”””
indigenous (adj) Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment. “The Scarlet Ibis is a bird that is not _____ to North America.””The Kangaroo is an animal that is ______ only to Australia.”
wallowing (v) to indulge in something (usually an activity) with great enjoyment. “I enjoyed the day a the beach just _____ in the sun.””I was so depressed that I couldn’t even get motivated to go outside; I spent all summer _____ in my own misery.”
illicitly (adv) in an illegal manner”He _____ sold bootleg copies of movies that are currently in theaters.”
Impressionistic (adj) Of, relating to, or predicated on impression as opposed to reason or fact: ” _____ memories of early childhood are obviously not as reliable as video evidence.”
entailment (n) a legal situation regarding the use of inherited property.”Since he couldn’t afford his legal services, he offered the lawyer a(n) ______ that included crops and a plot of land.
vexations (n) something that causes annoyance or problems. “He couldn’t concentrate in class due to the many ________ caused by the annoying kid next to him.”
dispensation (n) a release from an obligation or promise. “Although she was too young, she was offered special _____ to play in two matches.”
cordially (adv) Warm and sincere; friendly: a cordial greeting; cordial relations. “You are _____ invited to the wedding of Rob and Caitlin”
tranquility (n) peacefulness; serenity
iniquities (n) A grossly immoral act; a sin. “We, as a country, are still trying to make up for the many ______, such as slavery, of our ancestors.”
flinty (adj) flint is a very hard rock, so something that is _____ is extremely hard and firm.”With a ____ stare he let it be known that he was very angry.”
contemptuous (adj) to have the feeling that someone or something is beneath you; that it or they are worthless. The Ewell boy obviously feels this way about his teacher, Miss Caroline.
contentious (adj) always ready to argue or fight”They are too ______ to be a couple.”
diminutive (adj) smaller than ordinary”The ______ oompa loompas ran the chocolate factory”
judiciously (adv) done with sound judgment; sensible.”After a great deal of consideration, he _____ decided to postpone the exam.”
disapprobation (n) disapproval; condemnation “She braved her mother’s _____ and snuck out of the house to go to the party.”
auspicious (adj) favorable; tending to favor or bring good luck “Due to an _____ series of events, I didn’t get a zero for the assignment that I left at home.”
arbitrated (v) to judge or decide “He ____ a dispute between neighbors.”
melancholy (adj) sad and gloomy
benign (adj) kind and gentle”Although he looks scary, he’s a very ____ person.”(adj) not dangerous to health”luckily the tumor was _____ and not malignant.”
tacit (adj) unspoken, silent; implied, inferred, understood.”Although we never spoke about it, we eventually reached a ____ agreement that the prank war was over.”
pestilence (n) A usually fatal epidemic disease; plague”A ______ most likely the bubonic plague, killed Shakespeare’s son Hamnet.”
benevolence (n) kindness, generosity, charityIn To Kill A Mockingbird, a generous and thoughtful gift is given.
placidly (adv) calmly; quietly”The sea is shimmering _____ before our eyes.”
asinine (adj) Utterly stupid or silly: asinine behavior.”His ____ ideas were laughed at by everyone.”
edification (n) education; instruction “Art’s main purpose is to supply moral uplift and edification.”

You Might Also Like