Crucible Vocabulary List Flashcards

Terms Definitions
gibbets
gallows
Forbidding
(83) 
adj.
Dangerous; threatening 
 
cabalistic
mystic; occult.
fornication
sex outside marriage
Befuddle
verb.
to confuse; perplex
heifer
A young female cow
Unperturbed
adj.
calm and serene, unruffled
auspicious
promising success; propitious; opportune; favorable:
Infrontery
noun.
Shameless or impudent boldness; presumptuousness
infamy
extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act:
Contentious
adj.
Tending to argument or strife; quarrelsome
erudition
knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.; learning; scholarship.
Sibilance
noun.
a sound characterized by or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh)
assimilation
the act or process of assimilating; state or condition of being assimilated.
abase
to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade.
Contiguous
In contact
Heathen
unconverted individuals
Placid
adj. peaceful; calm
resurge
to rise again
Theocracy
Government run by religon
exudes
spreads in all directions
parochial
of a parish; provincial
Defiled
To make filthy or dirty
corroborating
to make more certain, confirm
propitiate
to make favorably inclined; appease
Notorious
Widely known (usually for something bad)
belie (v.)
contradict, to picture falsely, misinterpret
Fain
in a willing manner; making preparations
venerable
commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence
providence (n.)
care of preparation in advance, foresight, fate
retaliation
act of returning an injury or wrong
esoteric
adj. confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
calamity
a serious event causing distress or misfortune
talisman
a stone, ring, or other object, engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as an amulet or charm.
petulant
moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance:
defamation (181)
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
Enumerate
v. determine the number or amount of; specify individually
vitiate
to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
excomunication
n. act of being kicked out of a church
unction
an act of anointing, esp. as a medical treatment or religious rite.
conceal
to hide
succubi
female demon
tantalized
teased or taunted
lascivious
inclined to lustfulness
contemplation
Thoughtful observation or meditation
Blanched
verb; to become pale
Opened
verb; to be honest
fornification
n. sex outside of marriage
Deleterious
adj. harmful to living things
Deference
noun; respect for an elder
qualm
Sensation of misgiving or uneasiness; uneasy feeling of guilt
Ascetic
adj. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline
prodigious
extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree; great in size, enormous
sagacity
acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment.
Expedient adj./n.
(Of an action) convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral / a means of attaining an end
perjury (216)
criminal offense of making false statements under oath
zeal
a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
indolent
having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful:
tenacity
the quality or property of being tenacious.
pretext (n.)
a false appearance or action intended to deceive
inculcation (182)
teaching or impressing upon the mind by frequent instruction or repetition
lechery
the act of giving in to sexual desires
strongbox
(n) a stoutly made box or safe in which valuables are deposited
patriarchal
the male head of a family or tribal line.
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