"To Kill a Mockingbird," Vocabulary from Ch's 26-31

As you read Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960), learn these word lists: Ch's 1-6, Ch's 7-11, Ch's 12-15, Ch's 16-19, Ch's 20-25, and Ch's 26-31.
definitions & notes only words
  1. cease
    put an end to a state or an activity
    The Radley Place had ceased to terrify me, but it was no less gloomy, no less chilly under its great oaks, and no less uninviting.
  2. privilege
    a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all
    "'Equal rights for all, special privileges for none'," I quoted.
  3. clarify
    make clear and comprehensible
    I went away, not sure that I could explain to Atticus what was on my mind, not sure that I could clarify what was only a feeling.
  4. escort
    He thought Jem
    might escort me if I asked him.
  5. gait
    a person's manner of walking
    We had slowed to a cautious gait, and were feeling our way for-
    ward so as not to bump into the tree.
  6. alleged
    declared but not proved
    We squandered our first nickels
    on the House of Horrors, which scared us not at all; we entered
    the black seventh grade room and were led around by the temporary
    ghoul in residence and were made to touch several objects alleged
    to be the component parts of a human being.
  7. dismay
    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
    "Somebody's mashed my costume," I wailed in dismay.
  8. strain
    to exert much effort or energy
    We began crossing the black schoolyard, straining to see our
  9. barely
    in a sparse or scanty way
    I turned to look at him, but his outline was
    barely visible.
  10. inconvenience
    the quality of not being useful
    Jem knew as well as I that it
    was difficult to walk fast without stumping a toe, tripping on
    stones, and other inconveniences, and I was barefooted.
  11. flounder
    behave awkwardly or with difficulty
    Metal ripped on
    metal and I fell to the ground and rolled as far as I could,
    floundering to escape my wire prison.
  12. scuffle
    fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters
    From somewhere near by came
    scuffling, kicking sounds, sounds of shoes and flesh scraping
    dirt and roots.
  13. frantically
    in an uncontrolled manner
    I went to where I thought he had been and felt frantically
    along the ground, reaching out with my toes.
  14. conceive
    have the idea for
    I can't
    conceive of anyone low down enough to do a thing like this, but
  15. instinctive
    For once in his life, Atticus
    instinctive courtesy failed him: he sat where he was.
  16. reprimand
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    As I said it, I half pointed to the man in the corner, but
    brought my arm down quickly lest Atticus reprimand me for
  17. timid
    showing fear and lack of confidence
    His lips parted into a timid smile, and
    our neighbor's image blurred with my sudden tears.
  18. astound
    affect with wonder
    Dr. Reynolds's voice was as breezy as his step, as though he had said it every evening of his life, an announcement that astounded me even more than being in the same room with Boo
  19. elude
    escape, either physically or mentally
    A curious contest, the nature of which eluded me, was developing
    between my father and the sheriff.
  20. competent
    properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
    I'd take somebody mighty used to the dark to make a
    competent witness."
  21. uncertain
    lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
    Every move he made
    was uncertain, as if he were not sure his hands and feet could
    make proper contact with the things he touched.
  22. dreadful
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    He coughed his
    dreadful raling cough, and was so shaken he had to sit down
  23. incredible
    beyond belief or understanding
    Having been so accustomed to his absence, I found it incredible
    that he had been sitting beside me all this time, present.
  24. release
    let go as from one's grip
    He gently released my hand,
    opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him.
  25. snug
    enjoying comforting warmth and shelter in a small space