To Kill a Mockingbird Vocabulary
First Test Tues., May 18, 2004
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1. aberration- a deviating from the right path or usual course of action: The fact that winter came too early in Maycomb was an aberration of nature.

2. acrimonious- bitter and sharp in language or tone; rancorous: At one point, the verbal exchange between the solicitor and his witness became acrimonious.

3. ambled- to walk slowly or leisurely; stroll: The people ambled across the square and shuffled in and out of the stores around it.

4. amiable- friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-natured and likable: Surprisingly, Atticus’s attitude towards the hostile witness was very amiable.

5. assuaged- 1. to make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe: assuage her grief.
2. to satisfy or appease (hunger or thirst, for example).
3. to pacify or calm : When Jem’s arm healed, and his fear of never being able to play football was assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.

6. auspicious- attended by favorable circumstances; propitious: The remainder of Scout’s school days were no more auspicious than the first.

7. bouts- trial of strength or skill: Almost daily, Scout had bouts with her classmates.

8. brevity- 1. the quality or state of being brief in duration.
2. concise expression; terseness: The audience appreciated the brevity of the judge’s speech.

9. clad- past tense and past participle of clothe; what you wear: Everyone attending Calpurnia’s church was clad in black.

10. congenital- of or relating to a condition that is present at birth, as a result of either heredity or environmental influences: No public health officer could free the Ewells from congenital diseases.

11. decreed- something ordered or settled by authority; official decision: As the older brother, Jem decreed what he and Scout would do.

12. denunciation- expression of strong disapproval: Atticus’s denunciation of prejudice indicates his uprightness of character.

13. disapprobation- moral disapproval; condemnation: His disapprobation was confirmed by a shake of his head and a frown.

14. discreet- marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect: I tried o form a discreet question so I would not offend Mr. Raymond.

15. edification- intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement; enlightenment: We are putting his life’s history on display for the edification of the neighborhood.

16. elucidate- to make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify: Scout did not understand Miss Maudie’s point of view, so she asked her to elucidate.

17. erratic- not steady; uncertain; irregular: Jem’s erratic behavior was incomprehensible to Scout.

18. expunge- to erase or strike out: The ex-convict tried to expunge all evidence of former misdeeds from his record.

19. fractious- of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by internal dissension: The fractious boy caused displeasure to everyone around him.

20. inaudible- impossible to hear: Atticus said something inaudible, so I had to ask him to speak up.

21. inequities- injustice; unfairness: Racial segregation in our town had caused educational inequities.

22. infuriate- fill with wild, fierce anger: Jem’s defiance infuriated Atticus.

23. invective- a violent attack in words: The “N” word was one of the invectives that Scout learned on the first day of school.

24. malevolent- having or exhibiting ill will: The house looked so eerie that we were sure a malevolent phantom lived inside.

25.mausoleum- a large, magnificent tomb, especially one above ground: The general’s military victories were celebrated after his death by building a mausoleum in his honor.

26. mortification- a feeling of shame, humiliation, or wounded pride: Her mortification was increased by the teasing of her classmates.

27. obstreperous- loud or noisy: Te children were so obstreperous that the management asked them to leave the theatre.

28. palliation- lessen the severity of without curing: During the court proceedings, Calpurnia was a great source of palliation for the children.

29. perplexity- a perplexed condition; being puzzled; confusion: When she saw my perplexity, Miss Maudie tried to explain the issue more clearly.

30. predilection- a partiality or disposition in favor of something; a preference: The Radley’s kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in our town.

31. quell- to put down forcibly; suppress: Scout was trying to quell her nausea by drinking lemon tea.

32. raling- an abnormal respiratory sound characterized by fine crackles: He coughed his dreadful raling cough, and was so shaken he had to sit down.

33. rectitude- upright conduct or character; honesty; righteousness: A sense of rectitude was the most important trait Atticus was trying to instill in his children.

34. rendered- 1. to submit or present, as for consideration, approval, or payment
2. to give or make available; provide: render assistance
3. to give what is due or owed
11. To cause to become; make: The sight of Boo on the porch rendered Scout speechless.

35. riled- to stir to anger: At one point, the verbal exchange between the solicitor and his witness became riled.

36. rudiments- part to be learned first; beginning: You must study the rudiments of football before you get out on the field to play.

37. squalid- dirty and wretched, as from poverty or lack of care: Surprisingly, Atticus’s attitude towards the hostile witness was very squalid.

38. succinct- characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse: Atticus’s answer to my question was succinct and to the point.

39. temerity- foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness: He had the incredible temerity to challenge the judge’s decision.

40. transaction- 1. the act of transacting or the fact of being transacted
2. something transacted, especially a business agreement or exchange
3. communication involving two or more people that affects all those involved; personal interaction: A signed contract was the end product of their transaction.

41. uncouth- 1. crude; unrefined
2. awkward or clumsy; ungraceful: Talking with your mouth full is very uncouth.

42. unfathomable- not comprehendible: For reasons unfathomable to the most experienced prophets in Maycomb, autumn turned to winter that year.

43 vexation- the act of annoying, irritating, or vexing: Putting a dress on and acting like a girl were Scout’s daily vexations.

44. volition- the act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision: A respectable person would never go up into somebody’s yard of his own volition.

45. waning- to decrease gradually in size, amount, intensity, or degree; decline: It was getting closer to morning and the moonlight was waning.