The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Vocabulary List)

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abolition
[noun] The act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery).
audacious
[adjective] Unrestrained by convention or propriety.
benefactor
[noun] A person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help).
berth
[noun] An amount of distance maintained for safety.
blithesome
[adjective] Carefree and happy and lighthearted.
bluff
[noun] A high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion).
bogus
[adjective] Fraudulent.
bondage
[noun] The state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power ; the state of being under the control of another person ; by cords or handcuffs one of the partners.
brazen
[adjective] Shameless, impudent; made of brass.
calamity
[noun] A state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss.
calico
[noun] coarse cloth with a bright print; made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned ; having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
caper
[verb] Jump about playfully; [noun] a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement.
carcass
[noun] The dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food.
carcass
[noun] The dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food.
careen
[noun] Pitching dangerously to one side; [verb] to walk as if unable to control one’s movements; move sideways or in an unsteady way.
cavern
[noun] Any large dark enclosed space ; a large cave or a large chamber in a cave.
cavort
[verb] To play boisterously.
confound
[verb] To mix up or lump together indiscriminately; to confuse.
contrite
[adjective] Feeling and/or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming.
contrive
[verb] To come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort.
cooper
[noun] A craftsman who makes or repairs wooden barrels or tubs.
cravat
[noun] Neckwear worn in a slipknot with long ends overlapping vertically in front.
delirium
[noun] A usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations.
dismal
[adjective] Depressing in character or appearance.
dissipate
[verb] To cause to disappear; to scatter, dispel; to spend foolishly, squander; to be extravagant in pursuit of pleasure.
divine
[verb] To know by intuition or insight.
ell
[noun] An outmoded unit of length equivalent to 45 inches.
elocution
[noun] An expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture.
escutcheon
[noun] A shield-shaped surface on which coat of arms is placed.
flapdoodle
[noun] Gross flattery; nonsense.
frivolous
[adjective] Not serious in content or attitude or behavior.
frock
[noun] A loose outer garment; smock.
galluses
[noun] Suspenders.
garret
[noun] An attic, usually a small, wretched one.
gaudy
[adjective] Tastelessly showy.
gumption
[noun] Fortitude and determination.
haughty
[adjective] Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy.
hawk
[verb] Sell or offer for sale from place to place.
highfalutin
[adjective] Self-important, pompous; arrogant or egotistical; tending to show off or hold oneself in unduly high regard.
histrionic
[adjective] Deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.
hogshead
[noun] A large cask or barrel.
hues
[noun] A gradation of color; an attribute of colors that permits them to be classified.
impudent
[adjective] Improperly forward or bold.
infernal
[adjective] Hellish, fiendish.
ingots
[noun] A mass of metal, such as a bar or block, that is cast in a standard shape for convenient storage or shipment.
insurrection
[noun] An organized opposition to authority.
kin
[noun] A person having kinship with another or others; group of people related by blood or marriage; related by blood.
languid
[adjective] Lacking energy or vitality; weary; sluggish; listless.
lineal
[adjective] Belonging to or being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
lynch
[verb] kill without legal sanction.
mesmerism
[noun] A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination
mortification
[noun] A strong feeling of embarrassment ; as from infection or the interruption of blood supply ; an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect ; especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself
muddle
[verb] To make a mess of.
muse
[verb] To reflect deeply on a subject; [noun] the source of an artist’s inspiration.
nabob
[noun] A wealthy person who is accustomed to luxury.
ominous
[adjective] Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; presaging ill fortune.
oracle
[noun] A person thought to be a source of wisdom or prophecy; a shrine where said person receives divine communication.
ornery
[adjective] Ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper.
palavering
[noun] Idle chatter, talk, intended to beguile or charm.
pallet
[noun] a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it.
parcel
[noun] A wrapped container; the allotment of some amount by dividing something; an extended area of land; a collection of things wrapped or boxed together; [verb] to divide into parts; to cover with strips of canvas; to make into a wrapped container.
parson
[noun] A person authorized to conduct religious worship.
passel
[noun] A group or collection, especially a very large one.
pensive
[adjective] Thoughtful, melancholy.
phrenology
[noun] A now abandoned study of the shape of skull as indicative of the strengths of different faculties.
pious
[adjective] Having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity.
pone
[noun] Cornbread often made without milk or eggs and baked or fried (Southern).
posterity
[noun] All of a person’s offspring, descendants; all future generations.
prevarication
[noun] A statement that deviates from or perverts the truth; intentionally vague or ambiguous; the deliberate act of deviating from the truth.
providence
[noun] The guardianship and control exercised by a deity; a manifestation of God’s foresightful care for his creatures; the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources.
puncheon
[noun] A piece of broad, heavy, roughly dressed timber with one face finished flat; a table made with a barrel and a board laid on top.
quarry
[noun] Especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation by some hostile person or influence; a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate; animal hunted or caught for food.
ransacked
[adjective] Wrongfully emptied or stripped of anything of value.
rapscallion
[noun] One who is playfully mischievous.
raspy
[adjective] Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound.
resolute
[adjective] Marked by firm determination.
reticule
[noun] A woman’s drawstring bag; a transparent material used for measuring or aiming.
sapling
[noun] A young tree.
scow
[noun] A barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold.
seedy
[adjective] Shabby, untidy; morally degraded.
skiff
[noun] Any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor.
slough
[noun] An area of soft, muddy ground; swamp or swamplike region.
sockdolager
[noun] something that settles a matter; a decisive blow or answer; something outstanding or exceptional.
soliloquy
[noun] A dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
spondulicks
[noun] money; cash (old slang)
stanchion
[noun] Any vertical post or rod used as a support.
starboard
[noun] The right side of a ship or aircraft to someone facing the bow or nose.
tedious
[adjective] So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
temperance
[noun] Moderation in action, thought, or feeling; restraint.
texas
[noun] The location of the officer’s quarters on a steamboat.
venture
[noun] A risky or daring undertaking; to expose to danger; to dare.
vial
[noun] A small bottle that contains a drug (especially a sealed sterile container for injection by needle).
victual
[noun] Any substance that can be used as food.
wallow
[verb] To roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way; to overindulge in; to have in abundance; [noun] a wet, muddy, or dusty area used by animals as a sort of bath; a state of moral or physical collapse.
welt
[noun] A raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions; [verb] to beat severely with a whip or rod.
wigwam
[noun] A native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides.
yawl
[noun] A sailing vessel with two masts.
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