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Glossary of Scarlet Letter Vocab

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dearth
scarcity, lack of
deportment
behavior
abyss
bottomless pit, hell
ludicrous
ridiculous
pristine
primitive or original, uncorrupted
wan
unnaturally pale
similitude
similarity
cabalistic
mysterious
tome
large volume or book
panoply
complete armor of a warrior
benevolence
kindness, generosity
apparition
a ghostly figure
albeit
although
mountebank
a trickster
aver
to affirm
sunder
to divide
temporal
pertaining to time
pillory
to expose to ridicule and abuse
exemplary
worthy of being imitated; commendable
nether
beneath or below
erudition
extensive learning
infernal
relating to hell
propagate
to multiply or breed
palliate
to make less severe
somniferous
causing sleep
odious
hateful
machination
a plot or scheme
ethereal
delicate; heavenly
pith
the central part of anything; the essence
somnambulism
sleep-walking
zenith
highest point
expiation
atonement
torpid
dormant; hibernating
replete
plentifully supplied
scurrilous
foul-mouthed
abase
to lower
propensity
a tendency
effluence
flowing out
obviate
to make unnecessary
propinquity
nearness; proximity
sedulous
industrious
acrid
harsh to taste or smell
enmity
hatred
mutability
changeability
prolific
fertile
caprice
an impulsive change of mind
imbue
saturate
revile
to use abusive language
scourge
a whip used to inflict punishment
abstruse
difficult to understand
chirurgical
surgical
extant
still in existence
petulent
unreasonably irritable
portent
omen
venerable
old and respected

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