THE SCARLET LETTER VOCABULARY LIST #2
1. Abhorrence (chapter 11, p. 123)-noun; hatred or loathing; Danielle has abhorrence for the rumors about her boyfriend.
2. Abstruse (chapter 11, p. 124)-adjective; difficult to understand; The language in The Scarlet Letter is abstruse, which is why Ms. Conn offers detailed explanations in class and encourages students to seek internet resources to assist them.
3. Anguish (chapter 11, p. 124)-noun; extreme pain, discomfort or stress; After Dimmesdale started to feel badly about sinning, he was thrown into complete and total anguish.
4. Audacity (chapter 22, p. 212)-noun; boldness or fearless daring; I couldn't believe his audacity to question my honesty.
5. Bewilderment (chapter 16, p. 162)-noun; confusion or disoriented feeling; Bewilderment overcame me when I sat in front of a test that I didn't study for.
6. Eloquence (chapter 11, p. 125)-noun; fluent or persuasive speaking or writing; In order to be the U.S. president, a person needs to have eloquence in his or her speeches.
7. Eminent (chapter 13, p. 142)-adjective; well known and highly respected; William Shakespeare is considered an eminent playwright for all of his famous plays, like Othello, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.
8. Endow (chapter 11, p. 124)-verb; to provide or supply; When Jacob's father passed away, the will endowed the family with a beach house.
9. Exemplary (chapter 20, p. 190)-adjective; outstanding, commendable or worthy of imitation; The exemplary students were role models to the others who were not turning in their homework.
10. Feeble (chapter 11, p. 125)-adjective; weak or frail; After running the NYC marathon, Arely felt feeble since it's exhausting to run 26.2 miles!
11. Flourishing (chapter 15, p. 153)-verb or adjective; to be active or productive; New York is in a flourishing state since the economy started to improve.
12. Improbable (chapter 18, p. 178)-adjective; unlikely to be true or not likely to occur; It is improbable that the world will end in 2013, even though people make these predictions all the time.
13. Infirmity (chapter 11, p. 125)-noun; a weakness, ailment or sickness; Dimmesdale's infirmity was evident when he struggled to walk and held his chest.
14. Innate (chapter 15, p. 157)-adjective; natural; Ms. Conn has an innate love for language and remembers always loving words at a very young age.
15. Integrity (chapter 22, p. 206)-noun; honesty or following of morals and ethics; It's important to have integrity and do what you say you're going to do.
16. Inquisitively (chapter 18, p. 178)-adverb; curiously or eagerly inquiring; The baby gazed inquisitively at the new babysitter, checking to see if she was worthy of her trust.
17. Irksome (chapter 13, p. 140)-adjective; irritating or annoying; The child's constant demands were becoming irksome.
18. Propensity (chapter 14, p. 157)-noun; a tendency or natural inclination; The child had a propensity to act mischievously, so an adult had to keep an eye on him at all times.
19. Replete (chapter 12, p. 138)-adjective; abundant or excessively satisfied; The fishermen were populating the river because they heard that it was replete with plenty of fresh trout.
20. Reverence (chapter 17, p. 167)-noun; Respect or deep awe; Johnny went to visit his mom at the cemetery on her birthday, which showed his reverence for her.
21. Sanctity (chapter 11, p. 124)-noun; holiness or sacredness; The pope and cardinals have great sanctity throughout the world, and people from all over come to be hear their inspiring, holy words.
22. Scintillating (chapter 16, p. 160)-adjective; sparkling, shiny or brilliant (in mind or energy); The conversation I had with Ms. Conn about The Scarlet Letter was scintillating, as she opened my mind about the challenging text.
23. Transgress (chapter 12; p. 132)-verb; to violate or break a law/command; The officer transgressed his duty to go flirt with the pretty girl instead of focusing on finding the burglar.
24. Tremulous (chapter 23, p. 218)-adjective; shaking or quivering; The boy was trying to cover up his tremulous hands as he blushed from embarrassment.
25. Vivacity (chapter 16, p. 160)-noun; liveliness or high energy; The child's vivacity brightened up the elderly man's day.