The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary Words Flashcards

The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary Words Flashcards
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Imminent
Bound to happen soon
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Exemplary
Praiseworthy, a model of behavior
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Dauntless
Without fear
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Plebian
Pertaining to common people, as opposed to royalty or nobility
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Pervade
To spread widely
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Malicious
Full of evil or hate
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Labyrinth
A complex path
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Infantile
Behaving like an infant or small child
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Gesticulation
Moving of hands and body parts to express oneself
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Evoke
To summon or bring forth
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Caprice
Sudden change or whim (in people or nature)
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Assimilate
To adapt to be like the culture in which a person lives, to conform to social values
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Annihilate
To kill, wipe out, or destroy completely
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Amenable
Agreeable
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Venerable
Highly respected based on position, age or sacred nature (such as a 'venerable priest')
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Utopia
An idealized and perfect place
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Sagacity
Wisdom
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Iniquity
A wicked or sinful act
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Inauspicious
Not lucky, unfavorable
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Fervor
Passionate and intense feeling
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This flashcard set provides a comprehensive review of vocabulary words found in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter. Practice defining the words listed on the front of the card, so that you can be better equipped to understand the complex and less familiar terminology in the novel.

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Fervor
Passionate and intense feeling
Inauspicious
Not lucky, unfavorable
Iniquity
A wicked or sinful act
Sagacity
Wisdom
Utopia
An idealized and perfect place
Venerable
Highly respected based on position, age or sacred nature (such as a 'venerable priest')
Amenable
Agreeable
Annihilate
To kill, wipe out, or destroy completely
Assimilate
To adapt to be like the culture in which a person lives, to conform to social values
Caprice
Sudden change or whim (in people or nature)
Evoke
To summon or bring forth
Gesticulation
Moving of hands and body parts to express oneself
Infantile
Behaving like an infant or small child
Labyrinth
A complex path
Malicious
Full of evil or hate
Pervade
To spread widely
Plebian
Pertaining to common people, as opposed to royalty or nobility
Dauntless
Without fear
Exemplary
Praiseworthy, a model of behavior
Imminent
Bound to happen soon
Imperious
Overbearing, dictatorial
Incantations
Powerful words designed to elicit magic
Ludicrous
Absurd, laughable on account of being ridiculous
Transgressions
Violations of law or religious statute
Unobtrustive
Not obtrusive, not noticeable or distracting
Vehemence
Heated and/or violent emotions
Abasement
Lowering of rank, power, or prestige. A humbling.
Abomination
Something worthy of hate, something that should not be tolerated
Defunct
No longer in use, no longer useful or usable
Introspection
Self-reflection
Latent
Present but not noticeable or easy to see
Odious
Detestable, very unpleasant
Propagate
Spread information widely
Stealth
Secretive and cautious behavior
Acquiesce
To submit or give in without a fight
Enigma
A puzzle or mystery
Gibe
To make fun of
Obviate
To prevent or avoid something
Petulant
Behaving in a rude or disrespectful way over minor irritations
Propensity
A tendency, particularly related to attitudes or behaviors
Semblance
An outward appearance or likeness, sometimes to something that is different than it appears
Usurp
To take over, typically when one doesn't have the right to do so
Cadence
A rhythm of sounds
Citadel
A fortress
Loquacious
Talks a lot or too much
Misanthropy
Disliking people, hating others.
Recoil
Pull away in fear or disgust
Scintillating
Entertainingly clever and full of wit
Sentinel
A guard
Stigma
A mark of disgrace or dishonor, often related to a social taboo
Affliction
An ailment or source of suffering
Comport
To carry oneself or behave in a certain way
Devout
Faithful, the quality of having deep religious commitment
Effervesce
To radiate an enthusiasm or spirited attitude
Inevitable
Predictable, unavoidable
Prattle
To chatter and carry on with talking, in a foolish or childish way
Preternatural
Abnormal, beyond the ordinary
Vicissitude
Changes, shifts or alternating phases
Audacity
A quality of being bold and confident, sometimes arrogant
Bequeath
To leave something to another, pass something along
Conjecture
A conclusion that is guessed at based on partial or insufficient evidence, or an opinion or speculation based on interpreting clues
Deity
A god or divine being
Mercenary
A fighter or soldier who has been hired to fight another's battle
Penitence
A feeling of regret about sinful behavior, and the act of wanting to work for forgiveness
Portent
An omen or event that foreshadows another
Recluse
A person who lives as a hermit or hidden away from society
Requital
Something given in return, or reciprocation (which can be as a reward or retribution)
Unscrupulous
Without scruples, without moral restraint

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