Scarlet Letter Vocab List

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Vocabulary List The Scarlet Letter

1. Gesticulate - show, express or direct through movement
2. Pillory - a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn; punish by putting in a pillory 3. Scintillate - physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon; give off 4. Transmute - alter the nature of; change in outward structure or looks 5. Reverberate - treat, process, heat, melt, or refine in a reverberating furnace; be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves 6. Quaff - a hearty draft; to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught 7. Ignominy - a state of dishonor

8. Purport - the pervading meaning or tenor; the intended meaning of a communication 9. Nugatory - of no real value
10. Desperado - a bold outlaw
11. Ignominious - deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
12. Choleric - characterized by anger; quickly aroused to anger 13. Plumage - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds 14. Obtrusive - sticking out; protruding; undesirably noticeable 15. Animadversion - harsh criticism or disapproval

16. Delve - turn up, loosen, or remove earth
17. Pathos - a quality that arouses emotions; a style that has the power to evoke feelings 18. Potentate - a ruler who is unconstrained by law
19. Denizen - a plant or animal naturalized in a region; a person who inhabits a particular place 20. Ethereal - characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; of or containing or dissolved in ether 21. Edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place 22. Languor - inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy; a feeling of lack of interest or energy 23. Vivify - make more striking or animated; give new life or energy to 24. Anathema - a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication; a detested person 25. Cabalistic - having a secret or hidden...
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