The Crucible

conjured summoned by oath or spell
faction small group, usually contentious, within a larger group
abominations things that elicit great dislike or abhorrence
inert unable to move or act
partisan militant supporter of a party, cause, faction or idea
hypocrites people who say they believe one way, but whose actions show they believe another
calumny false statements knowingly made to injure someone
prodigious extraordinary, marvelous
quail to lose courage; decline; fail; give away
anarchy political disorder or confusion
ascertain to find out; detect
diabolism witchcraft; sorcery
bemused confused
antagonists adversaries; opponents
propitiation appeasement
licentious having no regard for accepted rules or standards
evade escape or avoid by cleverness or deceit
ecstatic in a state of exalted delight
condemnation severe reproof; strong censure
fraud deliberate deception for unfair or unlawful gain
pallor extreme paleness
perplexed bewildered; puzzled;confused
indignant filled with an anger aroused by something unjust or unworthy
avidly enthusiastically
sarcastical expressing mocking or contemptuous remarks
base having low moral standards; contemptible; inferior
tainted having moral defect; infected
ineptly awkwardly
calamity disaster
blasphemy an irreverent or impious act or utterance
menacingly threateningly
lechery promiscuity
providence work of divine direction
daft crazy; foolish; stupid
contentious quarrelsome
contemptuous scornful; disdainful
audible able to be heard
anonymity secrecy; having an unknown or unacknowledged name
effrontery audacity; insulting boldness
qualm a sensation of misgiving or uneasiness
manifest something apparent to sight or understanding
remorselessly mercilessly; having no pity or compassion
contemplation thoughtful observation or meditation
pretense the act of pretending
transfixed rendered motionless with terror, amazement or awe
allegiance loyalty
beguile delude; cheat; divert
reprieve postponement of punishment
statutes a law, decree or edict
adamant firm in purpose or opinion; unyielding
incredulously disbelievingly
indictment statement of criminal charges
penitence performing of penance
fanatic a person possessed by an excessive and irrational zeal, especially for a religious or political cost
predilection a personal preference
disproportionate out of proportion; of an unequal size or amount
subservient acting like a servant
arbitrate to judge or act as referee
iniquity wickedness; immorality
deposition a written statement by a witness
plaintiff the party that institutes a suit in court
immaculate without stain; pure
afflict to trouble or attack, causes physical or mental suffering
unintelligible incomprehensible; unable to be understood
excommunication banishment from a church
empower to invest with authority

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