a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
"The state has not produced one
iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place.
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
"I have nothing but pity in my heart for the chief witness for the state, but my pity does not extend so far as to her putting a man's life at stake, which she has done in an
effort to get rid of her own guilt.
provided with a motive or given incentive for action
"I say guilt, gentlemen, because it was guilt that
an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
She is the
victim of cruel poverty and ignorance, but I cannot pity her: she is white.
fully detailed and specific about particulars
We don't know, but there is
circumstantial evidence to indicate that Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led almost exclusively with his left.
"And so a quiet, respectable, humble Negro who had the unmitigated
temerity to 'feel sorry' for a white woman has had to put his word against two white people's.
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use this phrase out of
context, to satisfy all conditions.
someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system-that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality.
a strong feeling or emotion
I am confident that you gentlemen will review without
passion the evidence you have heard, come to a decision, and restore this defendant to his family.
indicating exactness or preciseness
"They're right up yonder in the colored balcony -been there since
precisely one-eighteen P.M."
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
When you oughta be hangin' your head in shame you go along laughin'---" Calpurnia revived a series of rusty threats that moved Jem to little
remorse, and she sailed up the front steps with her classic, "If Mr. Finch don't wear you out, I will-get in that house, sir!"
implied by or inferred from actions or statements
Jem went in grinning, and Calpurnla nodded
tacit consent to having Dill in to supper.
find or declare guilty
"Don't see how any jury could
convict on what we heard.”
overcome by superior force
Apparently you had to kick and holler, you had to be
overpowered and stomped on, preferably knocked stone cold.
causing one to believe the truth of something
Perhaps I was too
convincing, because Jem hushed and never discussed the subject again.
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
Atticus was standing under the street light looking as though nothing had happened: his vest was buttoned, his collar and tie were neatly in place, his watch-chain glistened, he was his
impassive self again.
a person who does not acknowledge your god
And I thought to myself, well, we're making a step-it's just a baby-step, but it's a step."
" 't's all right to talk like that-can't any Christian judges an' lawyers make up for
heathen juries," Jem muttered.
give an incentive for action
Mr. Ewell was a veteran of an obscure war; that plus Atticus's peaceful reaction probably
prompted him to inquire, "Too proud to fight, you nigger-lovin' bastard?"
the quality of being believable or trustworthy
I destroyed his last shred of
credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with.
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
He said he didn't have any quarrel with the rape statute, none whatever, but he did have deep
misgivings when the state asked for and the jury gave a death penalty on purely circumstantial evidence.
having a probability too low to inspire belief
There's always the possibility, no matter how
improbable, that he's innocent."
fearful expectation or anticipation
Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague
apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere, but this feeling was what Aunt Alexandra called being "spoiled."
furnish with a preface or introduction
She had a curious habit of
prefacing everything she said with a soft sibilant sound.
something given or done as an expression of esteem
Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we're paying the highest
tribute we can pay a man.
the time when something ends
Maycomb had lost no time in getting Mr. Ewell's views on Tom's
demise and passing them along through that English Channel of gossip, Miss Stephanie Crawford.