Collection 3: The Minister's Black Veil

As you read Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil," learn this word list. Here are links to lists for texts in Grade 11's Collection 3: Song of Myself, Growing Up Asian in America, poems by Emily Dickinson, Walden, Against Nature, The Minister's Black Veil, The Pit and the Pendulum
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  1. spruce
    make neat, smart, or trim
  2. semblance
    the outward or apparent appearance or form of something
  3. crape
    a soft thin light fabric with a crinkled surface
  4. abstracted
    lost in thought; showing preoccupation
  5. variance
    an activity that departs from a norm or standard
  6. emblem
    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
  7. omniscient
    knowing, seeing, or understanding everything
  8. iniquity
    absence of moral or spiritual values
  9. pathos
    a quality that arouses emotions, especially pity or sorrow
  10. indecorous
    lacking propriety and good taste in manners and conduct
  11. profane
    violate the sacred character of a place or language
  12. ostentatious
    tawdry or vulgar
  13. intimate
    imply as a possibility
  14. hoary
    having gray or white hair as with age
  15. wont
    an established custom
  16. vagary
    an unexpected and inexplicable change in something
  17. scruple
    hesitate on moral grounds
  18. shroud
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
  19. celestial
    relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven
  20. tremulous
    quivering as from weakness or fear
  21. knell
    the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death
  22. waggery
    a quaint and amusing jest
  23. censure
    harsh criticism or disapproval
  24. remonstrance
    the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
  25. synod
    a council convened to discuss ecclesiastical business
  26. plight
    give to in marriage
  27. obstinacy
    resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
  28. bugbear
    an object of dread or apprehension
  29. preternatural
    existing outside of or not in accordance with nature
  30. plausibility
    apparent validity
  31. irreproachable
    free of guilt; not subject to blame
  32. mitigate
    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  33. torpor
    inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of energy
  34. inspiration
    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air as in breathing
  35. obscurity
    the state of being indistinct due to lack of light
Created on July 10, 2014 (updated July 10, 2014)

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