"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Ch's 6-12 27 words

As you read Mark Twain’s 1876 novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," learn these word lists: Ch's 1-5, Ch's 6-12, Ch's 13-21, Ch's 22-30, and Ch's 31-36.
  1. canvass
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
    He canvassed his system.
  2. homage
    respectful deference
    He gathered quite a following of lads interested in the exhibition; and one that had cut his finger and had been a centre of fascination and homage up to this time, now found himself suddenly without an adherent, and shorn of his glory.
  3. pariah
    a person who is rejected (from society or home)
    Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile pariah of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard.
  4. reckon
    deem to be
    Least I reckon so."
  5. lull
    make calm or still
    The master, throned on high in his great splint-bottom arm-chair, was dozing, lulled by the drowsy hum of study.
  6. vacant
    without an occupant or incumbent
    Tom was about to take refuge in a lie, when he saw two long tails of yellow hair hanging down a back that he recognized by the electric sympathy of love; and by that form was the only vacant place on the girls' side of the school-house.
  7. foolhardy
    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
    The pupils wondered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind.
  8. astounding
    so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm
    "Thomas Sawyer, this is the most astounding confession I have ever listened to.
  9. diminished
    made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)
    The master's arm performed until it was tired and the stock of switches notably diminished.
  10. animosity
    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
    She thrust it away again, but with less animosity.
  11. manifest
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    For a time the girl refused to notice; but her human curiosity presently began to manifest itself by hardly perceptible signs.
  12. jubilant
    full of high-spirited delight
    But although Tom's ear tingled, his heart was jubilant.
  13. abide
    dwell
    At last luck seemed to settle and abide with Joe.
  14. upbraid
    express criticism towards
    So she sat down to cry again and upbraid herself; and by this time the scholars began to gather again, and she had to hide her griefs and still her broken heart and take up the cross of a long, dreary, aching afternoon, with none among the strangers about her to exchange sorrows with.
  15. prevailing
    most frequent or common
    He crossed a small "branch" two or three times, because of a prevailing juvenile superstition that to cross water baffled pursuit.
  16. zephyr
    a slight wind (usually refreshing)
    There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood-pecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
  17. pervade
    spread or diffuse through
    There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood-pecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
  18. meditate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    He sat long with his elbows on his knees and his chin in his hands, meditating.
  19. compress
    squeeze or press together
    But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
  20. utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
    He put his hand there and uttered this incantation impressively:
  21. infallible
    incapable of failure or error
    The truth was, that a superstition of his had failed, here, which he and all his comrades had always looked upon as infallible.
  22. futility
    uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
    He well knew the futility of trying to contend against witches, so he gave up discouraged.
  23. emphasize
    to stress, single out as important
    By and by, out of the stillness, little, scarcely preceptible noises began to emphasize themselves.
  24. ingenuity
    the power of creative imagination
    And now the tiresome chirping of a cricket that no human ingenuity could locate, began.
  25. budge
    move very slightly
    Don't you stir nor budge.
  26. fatal
    bringing death
    After which he put the fatal knife in Potter's open right hand, and sat down on the dismantled coffin.
  27. stolid
    having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
    And the poor creature dropped on his knees before the stolid murderer, and clasped his appealing hands.