The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary

  1. Throng
    A great number of persons crowded together
  2. Utopia
    A place or state of political or social perfection. Comes from a novel by Sir Thomas Moore about a perfect society.
  3. Sepulchres
    A burial valut built of rock or stone
  4. Inauspicious
    Not prosperous
  5. Tribunal
    A court of forum of justice
  6. Inference
    The act of passing from one proposition, statement, or judgment considered as true to another whose truth is believed to follow from that of the former
  7. Heterodox
    Holding unorthodox opinions or doctrines
  8. Magistrate
    A local official exercising administrative and often judicial functions
  9. Venerable
    Made sacred especially by religious or historical association
  10. Transgressor
  11. Infamy
    Evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, or brutal
  12. Behoof
    Advantage, profit
  13. Heathenish
  14. Gentility
    The members of the upper class
  15. Evanescent
    Tending to vanish like vapor
  16. Ignominy
    Disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action
  17. Brazen
    Marked by contemptuous boldness
  18. Tainted
    Contaminated mark or influence
  19. Preternatural
    Exceeding what is natural or regular
  20. Demeanor
    Behavior towards others; outward manner
  21. Heterogenous
    Different in kind
  22. Writhing
    To twist in pain; to suffer keenly
  23. Intervolutions
    Twists between
  24. Sojourn
    A temporary stay
  25. Sagacity
    of keen mind; shrewd
  26. Lurid
    Gruesome; sensational
  27. Avenge
    To exact satisfaction for a wrong by punishing the wrongdoer
  28. Paramour
    An illicit lover
  29. Vivify
    To endure with life or renew life; animate
  30. Clause
    A separate section of a discourse or writing
  31. Assimilate
    To absorb into the cultural tradition of a population or group
  32. Tinge
    An affective or modifying property or influence; touch
  33. Uncongenial
  34. Plebeian
    One of the common people
  35. Epoch
    A point in time marked by the beginning of a new development or state of things
  36. Smote
    Having striked something
  37. Gesticulation
    Expression through gestures
  38. Labyrinth
    Any intricate or perplexing set of difficulties; maze
  39. Amenable
  40. Nurture
    Care for; raise up
  41. Paternity
  42. Ludicrous
    Amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity
  43. Pristine
    Uncorrupt by civilization
  44. Akin
  45. Folio
    A book of the largest size
  46. Breadth
    Something of full width
  47. Annals
    Historical records; chronicles
  48. Antiquate
  49. Benevolence
    Desiring to do good for others
  50. Maciated
    To make very thin, as to lack of nutrition or to disease
  51. Vehemence
    Forceful or violent
  52. Erudition
    Extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books
  53. Guise
    Manner or fasion
  54. Sanctity
    Godliness or sacredness
  55. Diabolic
  56. Deem
    To believe or judge
  57. Solace
    Alleviation of grief or anxiety
  58. Abasement
    To lower in rake, office, prestige, or esteem
  59. Imp
    A small demon; fiend
  60. Mirth
    Gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter
  61. Piety
    Reverence to God
  62. Malice
    Desire to see another suffer
  63. Balked
    To stop short and refuse to proceed
  64. Lore
    Traditional knowledge or belief
  65. Veneration
    Commanding respect because of great age or associated dignity
  66. Dank
    Cold and damp
  67. Defunct
    Dead or inactive
  68. Tumult
    A trubulent uprising; riot
  69. Awry
    Out of right or hoped-for cause
  70. Firmament
    The vault or arch of the sky; heavens
  71. Semblance
    Outward and often specious appearance or show
  72. Chasm
    A marked division, separation, or difference
  73. Lunacy
    Wild foolishness; insanity
  74. Acquiescing
    To accept or comply tacitly or passively
  75. Usurp
    To seize and hold something (a position, power, etc.) by force or without legal right
  76. Retribution
    Punishment given in return for some wrong committed; judgement
  77. Acrid
    Deeply or violently bitter
  78. Enigma
    Something hard to understand or explain; mystery
  79. Propensity
    An intense and often urgent natural inclination
  80. Asperity
    Roughness of manner or of temper; harshness
  81. Upbraided
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The Scarlet Letter Vocabulary
Scarlet Letter Vocab