Scarlet Letter Vocab

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Scarlet Letter Vocab
Words| Definition|
Romanticism (n) | Appeals to the imagination use of the “willing suspension of belief”. Romanticism stresses emotion rather than reason.| Puritan (n) | Religious reformers that emerged during 16th century. Puritan sought to cleanse the culture of what they regarded as corrupt, sinful practices.| Sepulchers (n) | A small room or monument cut in rock or built of stone, in which a dead person is laid or buried.| Inauspicious (adj.) | Not auspicious; not conducive to success| Physiognomies (n) | A person's facial features or expression, esp. when regarded as indicative of character or ethnic origin.| Augured (v) | To predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell.| Betoken (v)| Be a sign of; indicate.|

Heterodox (adj.) | Not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs.| Venerable (adj.) | Accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character.| Infamy (n)| An evil or criminal act that is publicly known.| Rotundity (n) | The state or quality of being rounder plump.| Purport (v) | Appear or claim to be or do something, esp. falsely; profess.| Malefactresses (n)| A woman who violates the law or does evil.| Beadle (n)| A parish officer having various subordinate duties.| Haughty (adj.)| snobbish|

Sumptuary (adj.)| Pertaining to, dealing with, or regulating expense or expenditure.| Evanescent (adj.)| Vanishing; fading away; fleeting.| Ignominy (n)| Disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.|

Rheumatic (adj.)| Pertaining to or of the nature of rheumatism.| Meridian (n)| the great circle of the celestial sphere that passes through its poles and the observers zenith| Iniquity (n)| Gross injustice or wickedness.|

Ignominious (adj.)| Bearing or deserving ignominy|
Serene (adj.)| Calm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil|
Extremity| The furthest point or limit of something|
Pillory (n)| A wooden framework with holes for...
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