The Crucible - Act I Vocabulary
Directions: For each word below, indicate the part of speech and then a
clear, simple definition.
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abomination (n)- anything greatly disliked or hated.
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affliction (n)- mental or bodily pain or illness, sickness.
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ascertain (v)- to figure out; to learn with certainty.
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augur (v)- to predict an outcome.
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begrudge (v)- to envy or be jealous of someone’s good fortune.
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bemused (adj)- confused, bewildered.
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calumny (n)- a disaster; unfortunate incident.
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clamor (n)- shouting; noise; a loud uproar from a crowd.
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conjure (v)- to bring about with a spell; to invoke.
10. contention (n)- argument; when you make a point.
11. corroborate (v)- to confirm; to make certain.
12. covenant (n)- a pact or agreement.
13. defamation (n) – false information; unjust character judgment.
14. deference (n)- respectful opinion.
15. demonic (adj)- inspired by the devil or demons.
16. dissemble (v)- to hide under a false appearance.
17. enthralled (v)- to be fascinated, excited by.
18. faction (n)- a group/clique within a larger group.
19. gibberish (n)- speaking nonsensically; difficult to understand.
20. inculcation (n)- teaching or influencing repeatedly to implant an
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iniquity (n)- wickedness; gross injustice.
juncture (n)- an important point in change.
ken (n)- knowledge or understanding.
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lascivious (adj)- lustful; inappropriate behavior.
motif (n)- repeated theme or idea, motive.
parochial (adj)- religious, relates to the church.
partisan (n)- part of a group.
perjury (n)- lying under oath.
potent (adj)-strong or powerful.
predilection (n)- preference or predisposition towards
pretense (n)- false understanding.
propriety (n)- standard or uniform behavior.
providence (n)- importance of god.
remiss (adj)- void of care.
resurgence (n)- renewal; strong revival.
scoff (v)- to mock or jeer.
scourge (n)- whip or lash made for punishment.
smirched (adj)- dirty or stained.
sniveling (adj)- complaining, annoying
subservient (adj)- lowly or slavelike.
trepidation (n)- fear of trying something.
vindictive (adj)- revenge, or vengeful.