To Kill A Mockingbird: Ch. 1

apothecary – page 3 A druggist; a pharmacist. “The certified apothecary gave me medicine for my broken wrist.”
piety – page 3 Reverence for God or devout fulfillment of religious obligations. “The prayer said at church on Easter Sunday was full of piety.”
chattels – page 4 A movable article of personal property. “The slave was considered by pagans to be a mere chattel.”
modest – page 4 Free from ostentation or showy extravagance. “Their house is modest in comparison to the others in the neighborhood.”
impotent – page 4 Lacking power or ability. “The impotent man has no resource to cure his own disease.”
taciturn – page 4 Dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner. “The taciturn old woman refused to say a word, so her lawyer had to speak for her.”
unsullied – page 4 To soil, stain, or tarnish. “Even after all the years of hiding under my bed, my textbook has remained unsullied.”
imprudent – page 5 Not prudent; lacking discretion; incautious; rash. “My uncle’s financial losses are a result of his imprudent investment choices.”
profound – page 5 Penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge. “Barack Obama has a profound effect on the U.S.A.”
optimism – page 6 The tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things. “She was always a happy person, looking at all aspects of life with optimism.”
detachment – page 6 Indifference to other people or to one’s surroundings; aloofness. “Her detachment from the world around her made it easier to cope with her mother’s death.”
tyrannical – page 6 Unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive. “The people of Zimbabwe, hapless victims of an increasingly tyrannical regime, deserve no less from us.”
eccentric – page 8 A person of odd or unconventional behavior. “The man began to pick up very eccentric habits, such as barking at cars as they drove by.”
repertoire – page 8 The list of dramas, operas, parts, pieces, etc. that a company, actor, singer, or the like, is prepared to perform. “He also uses them to perform a large solo repertoire of German music.”
vapid – page 8 Without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious. “The city council meetings were notable for vapid discussions and proposals.”
malevolent – page 8 Wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will. “His failures made him malevolent toward those who were successful.”
morbid – page 9 Having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events. “The man, clearly mentally unstable, had a very morbid interest in death.”
predilection – page 9 A tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference. “My predilection for Asian cuisine was matched only by my fondness for pizza.”
flivver – page 10 An automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old. “The flivver squeaked and rattled and splashed its way along the road.”
transition – page 11 Movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc. to another. “The transition from adolescence to adulthood wasn’t easy, but it had to happen.”
nebulous – page 11 Hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused. “I failed the pop quiz because I had a nebulous recollection of the lesson.”
intimidation – page 11 To make timid; fill with fear. “He tried to look tough, hoping he could intimidate his enemy and avoid a fight.”
concession – page 14 The act of yielding or conceding, as to a demand or argument. “If you do not make a concession, you will never resolve the issue.”
foray – page 15 A quick, sudden attack. “The defenders made a foray outside the city walls.”

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