To Kill A Mockingbird Ch. 5-9 Vocabulary

aloof [p. 55] at a distance”But I kept ALOOF from their more foolhardy schemes for a while, and on pain of being called a girl, I spent most of the remaining twilights that summer sitting with Miss Maudie Atkinson on her front porch.”
benign [p. 56] of a gentle disposition : gracious”Until Jem and Dill excluded me from their plans, she was only another lady in the neighborhood, but a relatively BENIGN presence.”
magisterial [p. 56] having the confident quality of someone who expects to be obeyed by other people”She was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat and men’s coveralls, but after her five o’clock bath she would appear on the porch and reign over the street in MAGISTERIAL beauty.”
pestilence [p. 56] a disease that causes many people to die”Miss Maudie’s face likened such an occurrence unto an Old Testament PESTILENCE.”
cordial [p. 57] politely pleasant and friendly”With a click of her tongue she thrust out her bridgework, a gesture of CORDIALITY that cemented our friendship.”
benevolence [p. 57] disposition to do good”Miss Maudie’s BENEVOLENCE extended to Jem and Dill, whenever they paused in their pursuits: we reaped the benefits of a talent Miss Maudie had hitherto kept hidden from us.”
profession [p. 58] a type of job that requires special education, training, or skill”Dr. Buford’s PROFESSION was medicine and his obsession was anything that grew in the ground, so he stayed poor.”
incomprehensible [p. 59] impossible to understand : not comprehensible”How so reasonable a creature could live in peril of everlasting torment was INCOMPREHENSIBLE.”
inquisitive [p. 65] asking too many questions about other people’s lives”…stay inside free from the attentions of INQUISITIVE children, which was a mild term for the likes of us.”
civil [p. 65] of or relating to the people who live in a country”…had it never occurred to us that the CIVIL way to communicate with another being was by the front door instead of a side window?”
asinine [p. 65] very stupid and silly”…we were not to play an ASININE game he had seen us playing…”
retrieve [p. 66] to get and bring (something) back from a place”When Atticus went inside the house to RETRIEVE a file he had forgotten to take to work…”
prowess [p. 68] great ability or skill”…and respective PROWESS only made me feel left out again, as I was untalented in this area.”
beckon [p. 69] to signal (someone) with your arm or hand in order to tell that person to come closer or follow”I moved faster when I saw Jem far ahead BECKONING in the moonlight.”
oblige [p. 70] to force or require (someone or something) to do something because of a law or rule or because it is necessary”That we would be OBLIGED to dodge the unseen from all directions was confirmed when Dill ahead of us spelled G-o-d in a whisper.”
respiration [p. 72] the act or process of breathing”RESPIRATION normal, the three of us strolled as casually as we could to the front yard.”
dismemberment [p. 73] to cut or tear (a body) into pieces”…Atticus saved Dill from immediate DISMEMBERMENT.”
malignant [p. 74] very serious and dangerous : tending or likely to grow and spread in a rapid and uncontrolled way that can cause death”…insane fingers picking the wire to pieces; the chinaberry trees were MALIGNANT, hovering, alive.”
bewilderment [p. 75] the quality or state of being bewildered”Sometimes I did not understand him, but my periods of BEWILDERMENT were short-lived.”
pilgrimage [p. 76] a journey to a special or unusual place”Sometimes when we made a midnight PILGRIMAGE to the bathroom we would find him reading.”
desolate [p. 76] very sad and lonely especially because someone you love has died or left”The night-crawlers had retired, but ripe chinaberries drummed on the roof when the wind stirred, and the darkness was DESOLATE with the barking of distant dogs.”
embalm [p. 79] to treat (a dead body) with special chemicals to keep it from decaying”…but Jem said they accomplished more than the Americans ever did, they invented toilet paper and perpetual EMBALMING, and asked where would we be today if they hadn’t?”
ascertain [p. 81] to learn or find out (something, such as information or the truth)”When the new wore off his grandfather’s watch, and carrying it became a day’s burdensome task, Jem no longer felt the necessity of ASCERTAINING the hour every five minutes.”
palate [p. 82] the top part of the inside of your mouth : the roof of your mouth”‘One time I asked her to have a chew and she said no thanks, that—chewing gum cleaved to her PALATE and rendered her speechless,’ said Jem carefully.”
meditative [p. 83] very thoughtful : involving or allowing deep thought or meditation”When we passed our tree he gave it a MEDITATIVE pat on its cement, and remained deep in thought.”
unfathomable [p. 85] impossible to understand”For reasons UNFATHOMABLE to the most experienced prophets in Maycomb County, autumn turned to winter that year.”
aberration [p. 85] something (such as a problem or a type of behavior) that is unusual or unexpected”Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other, the seasons would change: Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the ABERRATIONS of nature, thereby causing unhappiness to our neighbors and discomfort to ourselves.”
accosted [p. 87] to approach and speak to (someone) often in an angry, aggressive, or unwanted way”When we were on the sidewalk in front of Miss Maudie’s, Mr. Avery ACCOSTED us.”
meteorological [p. 87] the atmospheric phenomena and weather of a region”I did not wonder where Mr. Avery gathered his METEOROLOGICAL statistics: they came straight from the Rosetta Stone.”
libel [p. 90] the act of publishing a false statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone”‘…You’ve perpetrated a near LIBEL here in the front yard. We’ve got to disguise this fellow.'”

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