Huckleberry Finn Vocabulary

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Vocabulary words from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


 
  
Created Nov 18, 2008
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To caper
 
v., to leap or prance about in a playful manner
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To careen
 
v., to sway from side to side
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To commence
 
v. (intransitive), to have or make a beginning
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Contrite
 
adj., feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming
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Gaudy
 
adj., extravagantly or tastelessly ornamented
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Infernal
 
adj., of or relating to hell; hellish; diabolical; damnable
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Lassitude
 
n. -- a state of weariness accompanied by apathy
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Malice
 
n. -- the desire to cause harm or to see somebody in pain
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Oracle
 
n., a person (as a priestess of ancient Greece) through whom a deity is believed to speak;...
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Ordnance
 
n., military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, etc.
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Pensive
 
adj., musingly or dreamily thoughtful; suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
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Providence
 
n., divine guidance or care; God’s power to sustain and guide human destiny
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Sublime
 
adj., lofty, grand, or exalted in thought, expression, or manner
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Surreptitiously
 
adv., secretly, sneakily
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Temperance
 
n., moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages
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Tentatively
 
adv. -- done in a slow, hesitant way, revealing a lack of confidence
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Uncanny
 
adj. -- too strange or unlikely to seem natural or human
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Addled
 
adj. -- confused
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To affix
 
v. -- to fasten to or attach
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Bogus
 
adj. -- false, dishonest, fraudulent
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Candid
 
adj. -- frank, honest
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To cavort
 
v., to dance about in a lively manner; to engage in extravagant behavior
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Contrived
 
adj. -- intended to appear spontaneous or genuine, but planned or affected; unconvincing
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Dauphin
 
n. -- eldest son of a king of France
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Histrionic
 
adj. -- overdramatic; related to acting
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To impair
 
v., to damage or make worse by diminishing in some material respect
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Impudent
 
adj. -- disrespectful, excessively bold
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Ingenuity
 
n. -- cleverness, originality
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Insurrection
 
n. -- rebellion
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Leeward
 
adj. -- the direction in which the wind is blowing; downwind
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Palaver
 
n. -- talk
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Poise
 
n. -- calm, self-assured dignity
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Reticule
 
n., a woman's drawstring bag used especially as a carryall
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Soliloquy
 
n. -- act of speaking while alone


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