Vocabulary Words for Chapters 1-7 of To Kill a Mockingbird w/ Quotes

assuaged “When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.” Page 3(verb) Made less severe or burdensomeWhen Alison received a letter from her brother, her worry was assuaged.
dictum “So Simon, having forgotten his teacher’s dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves andwith their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.” Page 4(noun) an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.Professor Brown made a dictum to his students that there will be no cheating on the exam.
chattel “So Simon, having forgotten his teacher’s dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves andwith their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.” Page 4(noun) a movable article of personal property.Christopher moved his chattels from his old house to the new one.
taciturn “Their sister Alexandra was the Finch who remained at the Landing: she married a taciturn man who spent most of his time lying in a hammock by the river wondering if his trot-lines were full.” Page 4(adjective) inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.David was shy, and spent most of his life taciturn.
unsullied “Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little morethan a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. ” Page 6(adjective) not soiled, untarnishedErin’s room has remained unsullied through the years.
vapid “But by the end of August our repertoire was vapid from countless reproductions, and it was then that Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.” Page 12(adjective) lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat:Fiona walked around the halls vapidly when she saw her poor test scores.
predilection “The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb.” Page 13(noun) a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preferenceGabby had a predilection for anything sweet.
beadle “One night, in an excessive spurt of high spirits, the boys backed around the square in a borrowed flivver, resisted arrest by Maycomb’s ancient beadle, Mr. Conner, and locked him in the courthouse outhouse.” Page 15(noun) a parish officer having various subordinate duties, as keeping order during services, waiting on the rector, etc.Mr. Harrison considered himself the beadle of the town with so many responsibilities.
foray “Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful.” Page 23(noun) a quick raid, usually for the purpose of taking plunderThe band of Pirates plotted a foray on the nearby militia fort.
covey “I knew I had annoyed Miss Caroline, so I let well enough alone and stared out the window until recess when Jem cut me from the covey of first-graders in the schoolyard.” Page 28(noun) a group, set, or companyIsabelle followed the covey of girls around the school.
sojourn “My sojourn in the corner was a short one.” Page 35(noun) a temporary stay:Jack had a very pleasant sojourn in Paris on his way to London.
expounding “Atticus was expounding upon farm problemswhen Walter interrupted to ask if there was any molasses in the house.” Page 39(verb) to set forth or state in detailKatie expounded very carefully to her little brother, on how to cook the dinner.
iniquities “Jem and Walter returned to school ahead of me: staying behind to advise Atticus of Calpurnia’s iniquities was worth a solitary sprint past the Radley Place.” Page 40(noun) gross injustice or wickednessLuke had great iniquities against Michael for stealing the little boy’s lunch money.
contemptuous “He gave a short contemptuous snort.” Page 43(adjective) showing or expressing contempt or disdain; scornful; disrespectful.Nicholas couldn’t help but feel contemptuous when his older sister, Olivia , spilled hot cocoa all over herself, after she stole his iPod.
fraught “If the remainder of the school year were as fraught with drama as the first day, perhaps it would be mildly entertaining, but the prospect of spending nine months refraining from reading and writing made me think of running away.” Page 45(adjective) Archaic. filled or laden (with)Peter was fraught with guilt after he lied to his parents.
disapprobation “I’m afraid our activities would be received with considerable disapprobation by the more learned authorities.” (noun) disapproval; condemnation.Quinn felt a sense of disapprobation when he met his new sister-in-law.
auspicious “The remainder of my schooldays were no more auspicious than the first.”(adjective) promising success; propitious; opportune; favorableThe race horse was proving to be auspicious in the upcoming Kentucky Derby.
scuppernongs “Plucking an occasional camellia, getting a squirt of hot milk from Miss Maudie Atkinson’s cow on a summer day, helping ourselves to someone’s scuppernongs was part of our ethical culture, but money was different.”(noun) a silvery amber-green variety of muscadine grape.Reilly could eat scuppernongs all day long.
edification “No,” said Atticus, “putting his life’s history on display for the edification of the neighborhood.”(noun) moral improvement or guidance.Mr. Smith taught a class on cooking for the edification of his Home-Ec students.
aberrations “Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the aberrations of nature, thereby causing unhappiness to our neighbors and discomfort to ourselves.”(noun) the act of departing from the right, normal, or usual courseMrs. Thomas used an aberration to teach her children about prejudice.

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