Unit 1: Selection Vocabulary 2

This list covers The Scarlet Letter (Chapter 2), I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem, and The Crucible.
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  1. discipline
    the act of punishing
    In either case, there was very much the same solemnity of demeanour on the part of the spectators, as befitted a people among whom religion and law were almost identical, and in whose character both were so thoroughly interfused, that the mildest and severest acts of public discipline were alike made venerable and awful...
  2. magistrate
    a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law
    If the hussy stood up for judgment before us five, that are now here in a knot together, would she come off with such a sentence as the worshipful magistrates have awarded?
  3. dismal
    causing dejection
    This personage prefigured and represented in his aspect the whole dismal severity of the Puritanic code of law, which it was his business to administer in its final and closest application to the offender.
  4. vivid
    having striking color
    She bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three months old, who winked and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day; because its existence, heretofore, had brought it acquaintance only with the grey twilight of a dungeon, or other darksome apartment of the prison.
  5. elaborate
    marked by complexity and richness of detail
    On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A.
  6. accompany
    go or travel along with
    I took a special dislike to Anne Putnam, and the little servant girl, Mercy Lewis, who was about the same age and accompanied her everywhere.
  7. commit
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    Sarah Osborne was an old woman, not a beggar like the other Sarah, but well-off, the owner of a lovely oak-paneled house, who in her youth had committed some fault or other to her discredit.
  8. solemnly
    in a serious and dignified manner
    I took a deep breath and pretended to think hard, letting them stew in their curiosity, before solemnly declaring: “Perhaps!”
  9. dispel
    force to go away
    She looked straight at me and a shadow that I tried to dispel was dancing in the back of her eyes.
  10. exposed
    with no protection or shield
    The roof rafters are exposed, and the wood colors are raw and unmellowed.
  11. propriety
    correct behavior
    Now she is all worry and apprehension and propriety.
  12. traffic
    social or verbal interchange (usually followed by 'with')
    But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it.
  13. remiss
    failing in what duty requires
    A former Salem minister, George Burroughs, had had to borrow money to pay for his wife's funeral, and, since the parish was remiss in his salary, he was soon bankrupt.
  14. formidable
    inspiring fear or dread
    Goody Ann, it is a formidable sin to conjure up the dead!
Created on December 21, 2020 (updated January 4, 2021)

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