Huckleberry Finn Vocab

commence to have or make a beginning
victuals food usable by people; supplies of food
trance stupor, daze; a sleeplike state; a state of profound abstraction or absorbation
Providence divine guidance or care
whale lash, thrash; to strike or hit vigorously; to defeat soundly
genies a spirit that gives servance
temperance moderation in action, thought, or feelings, or passions and alcohol
nabob a person of great wealth or prominence
delirium tremens a violent delirium with tremors induced by alcoholic liquors
quicksilver mercury
abolitionist one that wishes to abolish slavery
speculate to meditate or ponder a subject; to assume a risk; to take to be true; to be curious
thrash to beat soundly as if with a whip; to go over again and again
reticule a transparent material used for measuring or aiming; a woman’s drawstring bag
contrived devise or plan; to bring about by stratagem or with ifficulty
derrick a hoisting apparatus employing a tackle rigged at the end of a beam; a frameword or tower for supporting tackle
skiff a flat-bottomed rowboat
rapscallions a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person; rascal
gaudy ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented; marked by extravagance
infernal of or relating to a nether world of the dead
outlandish strikingly out of the ordinary; exceeding proper or reasonable limits or standards
pensive musingly or dreamily thoughtful; suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
obituaries a notice of a person’s death usually with a short biographical account
aristocracy government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class
mesmerism hypnotic appeal
phrenology the study of the of the conformation of the skull to find mental health
cipher zero; a message in code
dissipating to break up and drive off; to spend wastefully
histrionic deliberately affected; relating to actors
muse to become absorbed in thought
benefactor one that makes a gift or bequest
pious showing reverence for deity and devotion to divine worship
scoundrel a disreputable person; rascal
impostor one that assumes false identity for the purpose of deception
melodeum a small keyboard organ
shoal to become shallow; a sandbank or sandbar
ingenious showing or calling for intelligence; marked by aptitude at discovering or originality
disposition to put into place; prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination
shirk to go stealthily; to evade the performance of an obligation
bogus counterfeit; sham
impudent lacking modesty; marked by contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard
cavorting to leap or dance lively; to engage in extravagant behavior
brash brittle; heedless of the consequences
remiss showing neglect or inattention
insurrection an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government
addled to become rotten or confused
singular relating to a separate person or thing; distinguished by superiority; being out of the ordinary

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