Tkam Vocab. Chaps. 23-30

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Miguel Martinez
Per. 6 English
Dr. Beagle
5/18/12

To Kill a Mockingbird Chap. 23-31 Vocab.

1. Credibility- the quality of being trusted and believed in

Book Sentence: “I had destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial,” (292).

Original Sentence: After beginning a lying spree to his parents, he had lost his credibility.

2. Furtive- attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive

Book Sentence: “’something furtive’” (293).

Original Sentence: The sneaky convict started to furtively plan his escape from prison.

3. Wryly- using or expressing dry, esp. mocking, humor

Book Sentence: “Atticus smiled wryly”. (292).

Original Sentence: He smiled wryly at the boys excuse.

4. Adament- refusing to be persuaded or to change one's mind

Book Sentence: “Jem was adamant” (294).

Original Sentence: The student was adamant in his decision to pursue a career in music.

5. Sordid- involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt

Book Sentence: “’ladies from sordid cases like Tom’s’” (296).

Original Sentence: My sister was being sordid about sharing her food with me.

6. Impertinence- not showing proper respect; rude

Book Sentence: “I meant no impertinence” (308).

Original Sentence: he impertinence of this student is earning him a failing grade.

7. Bovine- of, relating to, or affecting cattle

Book Sentence: “the clink of coffee cups and the soft bovine sounds” (311).

Original Sentence: The cows were calm, and all the rest of the bovine
livestock became quiet and still as the thunderstorm started to close in.

8. Persecuted- subject (someone) to hostility and ill treatment, esp. because of their race or political or religious beliefs

Book Sentence: “Jews have been persecuted since the beginning of history” (329)

Original Sentence: It is a...
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