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Huckleberry Finn Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words From The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn.
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To caper
v., to leap or prance about in a playful manner
To careen
v., to sway from side to side
To commence
v. (intransitive), to have or make a beginning
Contrite
adj., feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming
Gaudy
adj., extravagantly or tastelessly ornamented
Infernal
adj., of or relating to hell; hellish; diabolical; damnable
Lassitude
n. -- a state of weariness accompanied by apathy
Malice
n. -- the desire to cause harm or to see somebody in pain
Oracle
n., a person (as a priestess of ancient Greece) through whom a deity is believed to speak;...
Ordnance
n., military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, etc.
Pensive
adj., musingly or dreamily thoughtful; suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
Providence
n., divine guidance or care; God’s power to sustain and guide human destiny
Sublime
adj., lofty, grand, or exalted in thought, expression, or manner
Surreptitiously
adv., secretly, sneakily
Temperance
n., moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages
Tentatively
adv. -- done in a slow, hesitant way, revealing a lack of confidence
Uncanny
adj. -- too strange or unlikely to seem natural or human
Addled
adj. -- confused
To affix
v. -- to fasten to or attach
Bogus
adj. -- false, dishonest, fraudulent
Candid
adj. -- frank, honest
To cavort
v., to dance about in a lively manner; to engage in extravagant behavior
Contrived
adj. -- intended to appear spontaneous or genuine, but planned or affected; unconvincing
Dauphin
n. -- eldest son of a king of France
Histrionic
adj. -- overdramatic; related to acting
To impair
v., to damage or make worse by diminishing in some material respect
Impudent
adj. -- disrespectful, excessively bold
Ingenuity
n. -- cleverness, originality
Insurrection
n. -- rebellion
Leeward
adj. -- the direction in which the wind is blowing; downwind
Palaver
n. -- talk
Poise
n. -- calm, self-assured dignity
Reticule
n., a woman's drawstring bag used especially as a carryall
Soliloquy
n. -- act of speaking while alone


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