THE SCARLET LETTER VOCABULARY LIST #1

1. Annihilate (chapter 5; p. 71)-verb; to destroy or defeat completely. According to the recent polls, it looks like Bill DeBlasio is going to annihilate his opponents.
2. Benevolence (chapter 8; p. 96)-noun; desire to do good for others; kindness. His benevolence was shown in his weekly visits to the hospital to bring good cheer to the patients.
3. Breadth (chapter 7; p. 44)-noun; the distance from one side to the other side of something; the range of many things. A great breadth of land awaited those who were brave enough to settle it.
4. Condemnation (chapter 5; p. 72)-noun; strong disapproval or harsh blame. I received condemnation by the store owner when some other kid stole a video game.
5. Congenial (chapter 1; p. 45)-adjective; friendly, pleasant, or agreeable. The daycare center offered a congenial atmosphere to work in, and, as a result, there was a waitlist to acquire a job there.
6. Countenance (chapter 2; p. 53)-noun; a person's face or facial expression. The woman's countenance changed from happy to disappointed when she found that her favorite ice cream wasn't on sale.
7. Culprit (chapter 2; p. 47)-noun; a person who is responsible for a crime or other misdeed. The culprit who was copying everyone's homework was determined to be John.
8. Disclose (chapter 10; p. 115)-verb; to make known or to reveal to the public. When Sara disclosed my secret crush, I was horrified and didn't want him to see me.
9. Eloquence (chapter 3; p. 61)-noun; the ability to speak or write effectively. President Obama's eloquence is well known, and his audiences are captivated by his words as a result.
10. Expenditure (chapter 5; p. 75)-noun; an amount of money that is spent on something; an amount of time, energy, or effort that is used to do something. My expenditures on the house exceeded my budget, and I quickly went into debt.
11. Frailty (chapter 1; p. 46)-noun; the condition of being weak and delicate. There is increasing frailty with old age; people's bones may break easily and their eyesight diminishes.
12. Grievous (chapter 3; p. 60)-adjective; causing severe pain or suffering. He survived the car accident in spite of suffering grievous injuries.
13. Ignominious (chapter 3; p. 63)-adjective; shameful or disgraceful. If you do something that's ignominious, then you will be ridiculed for that action.
14. Ignominy (chapter 7; p. 90)-noun; shame, disgrace or humiliation. The Lohan family's drug problems have brought great ignominy to their reputation in the media.
15. Inauspicious (chapter 1; p. 46)-adjective; unfavorable or unlucky. When his scandalous affair was made public, the politician's campaign for governor was inauspicious.
16. Infamy (chapter 2; p. 47)-noun; evil reputation brought about by something criminal, shocking, or brutal. The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is "a day that will live in infamy."
17. Inscrutable (chapter 5; p. 72)-adjective; impossible to understand or interpret. Even when opened, the contents of the birthday gift were so inscrutable that I couldn't figure out what I received.
18. Peril (chapter 4; p. 67)-noun; serious and immediate danger. If you don't know how to swim, you could experience great peril of the ocean.
19. Pestilence (chapter 7; p. 91)-noun; contagious and infectious disease. The recent pestilence wiped out over a third of our nation's population.
20. Proximity (chapter 8; p. 99)-noun; closeness or nearness to a location. Since ITHS has proximity to Maria's home, she is able to walk to school every day.
21. Revile (chapter 5; p. 78)-verb; criticize in an abusive manner. Since he stole a great deal of money, he was now reviled by the party that he helped to lead.
22. Rigid (chapter 6; p. 82)-adjective; stiff, inflexible or not easily changed. People with rigid fingers would usually have arthritis.
23. Seclusion (chapter 3; p. 61)-noun; privacy or a state of being away from people. When I need peace, I choose my room as a place of seclusion.
24. Vehemence (chapter 7; p. 102)-noun; intensity, forcefulness or strength. The vehemence of my headache caused me to faint.
25. Vigor (chapter 5; p. 75)-noun; intensity or energetic determination. She was chosen to lead the volunteer group because of her vigor and enthusiasm.