The Crucible Vocabulary (ACT 1)

ideology a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture
paradox a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true
theocracy government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by church officials who are regarded as divinely guided
villainy wretched, evil conduct
hearty strong, healthy
quaking trembling, shuddering, quivering with fear
dissembling concealing the facts; hiding under a false pretense
propriety socially acceptable behavior and speech
heathen an uncivilized or irreligious person; a pagan
witched affected by witchcraft; in a spell
opened been honest; told the complete truth
trafficked traded; had dealings or associations
conjured summoned a devil or spirit by invocation or incantation
faction group; clique
abominations sources of utter disgust or intense dislike; hateful, disgusting actions
gibberish unintelligible or meaningless language; nonsense
white free from moral impurity; pure
Goody used as a title preceding a surname—a usually married woman of lowly station
sniveling speaking or acting in a whining, sniffling, tearful, or weakly emotional manner
deference respect and esteem due a superior or an elder
marvel something that causes wonder or astonishment
providence event guided by God or divine leadership
ail suffer ill health
naught nothing
dwindling steadily lessening
demonic possessed or influenced by a demon; satanic; fiendish
vindictive disposed to seek revenge
smirched discredited or disgraced
corroborating supporting with evidence or authority
junctures points of time
abyss an immeasurably deep gulf or great space
intimations hints; suggestions
formidable dreadful; fearful; extremely serious
blink deny; ignore; pretend not to see
undone ruined; destroyed the worldly means, reputation, or hopes
trepidation timorous uncertain agitation; apprehension
weirdish of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural; strange
subservient servile; cringing manner of one very conscious of a subordinate position
pointy sharp; painful
hypocrites persons who put on false appearances of virtue or religion
partisans members of party, faction, or cause
calumny the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to damage another’s reputation
inert motionless; inactive
titillated aroused; excited
sidles moves or turns sideways in a furtive manner
pilgrimage journey to a shrine or sacred place
pretense false show
covenanted formally enrolled in the church
notorious widely and unfavorably known
prodigious strange; unusual; portentous
canny clever, shrewd, crafty
exudes spreads out in all directions
arbitrate to determine the outcome of a dispute
contiguous touching along a boundary or at a point
defers submits to another’s wishes, opinion, or governance usually through deference or respect
fathom understand
break charity with become alienated from
clap attack with a lawsuit
defamation slander; the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to damage another’s reputation
anarchy a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
tract a defined area of land
inculcation teaching and impressing by frequent repetitions or admonitions
avidly eagerly
licentious lacking legal or moral restraints
In nomine Domine Sabaoth sui filiique ite ad infernos Latin for “In the name of theLord Sabaoth and of his son, depart to hell.”
blanched became ashen or pale
evade to avoid answering directly
truck have dealings; trade
compact make an agreement; enter into a contract

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