Scarlett Letter Vocabulary Worksheet

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5.01 The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary

Directions: Write the definitions for the following words found in the first eight chapters of The Scarlet Letter. (24 points)
Vocabulary Word
Chapter Section
Definition
1. leech
1-8
Person who exports profit or sponges on others
2. sable
1-8
a marten with a short tail and dark brown fur, native to Japan and Siberia and valued for its fur.
3. progenitors
1-8
a person or thing from which a person, animal, or plant is descended or originates; an ancestor or parent.
4. ascetic
1-8
characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons.
5. mutability
1-8
Being able of mutation
6. caprice
1-8
a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior.
7. gesticulation
1-8
a gesture, esp. a dramatic one, used instead of speaking or to emphasize one's words
8. pilloried
9-16
Attack ridicule
9. emaciated
9-16
abnormally thin or weak, esp. because of illness or a lack of food
10. sagacity
9-16
Quality of being sagacious
11. pious
9-16
Devoutly religious
12. scurrilous
9-16
making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation
13. pestilence
9-16
Fatal epidemic disease
14. benevolence
9-16
Disposition to do good
15. enigma
9-16
a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.
16. primeval
9-16
of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world.
17. meddle
17-24
interfere in or busy oneself unduly with something that is not one's concern.
18. estranged
17-24
(of a person) no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienated.
19. effluence
17-24
Substance that flows out from something
20. deportment
17-24
Persons behavior or manners
21. vicissitude
17-24
a change of

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