The Crucible - Act I Vocabulary Directions: For each word below, indicate the part of speech and then a clear, simple definition. 1. abomination (n)- anything greatly disliked or hated. 2. affliction (n)- mental or bodily pain or illness, sickness. 3. ascertain (v)- to figure out; to learn with certainty. 4. augur (v)- to predict an outcome. 5. begrudge (v)- to envy or be jealous of someone’s good fortune. 6. bemused (adj)- confused, bewildered. 7. calumny (n)- a disaster; unfortunate incident. 8. clamor (n)- shouting; noise; a loud uproar from a crowd. 9. 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 idea. 21. 22. 23. iniquity (n)- wickedness; gross injustice. juncture (n)- an important point in change. ken (n)- knowledge or understanding. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 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.