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"The Black Cat" Vocabulary Definitions

  1. Solicit: (V) -to seek for (something) by earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.

  2. Mad: (Adj) -mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented.

  3. Succinct: (Adj) -expressed in few words; concise; terse.

  4. Phantasm: (N) -an illusory likeness of something.

  5. Docile: (Adj) -easily managed or handled.

  6. Disposition: (N) -the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude.

  7. Sagacious: (Adj) -having or showing keen discernment, and sound judgment.

  8. Paltry: (Adj) -lacking in importance or worth; trivial.

  9. Gossamer: (N) -something delicate, light, or flimsy.

  10. Fidelity: (N) -faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances.

  11. Procure: (V) -to get by special effort; obtain or acquire.

  12. Allusion: (N) -the act of alluding; indirect reference:

  13. Intemperance: (N) -excessive use of alcoholic beverages.

  14. Maltreat: (V) -to treat in a rough or cruel way; abuse.

  15. Scruple: (N) -a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.

  16. Malevolence: (N) -ill will; malice; hatred.

  17. Atrocity: (N) -the quality of being extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal.

  18. Debauch: (N) -a period of wanton self-indulgence, an excessive party which includes consumption of alcohol.

  19. Sentiment: (N) -a mental feeling; emotion.

  20. Remorse: (N) -deep and painful regret for wrongdoing.

  21. Equivocal: (Adj) -allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, esp. with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous.

  22. Consummate: (Adj) -complete, highest or most extreme degree.

  23. Conflagration: (N) -a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.

  24. Bas-relief: (N) -relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.

  25. Conscience: (N) -the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action.

  26. Infamy: (N) -extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act.

  27. Hogshead: (N) -a large cask, esp. one containing from 63 to 140 gallons.

  28. Pestilence: (N) -something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.

  29. Pertinacity: (N) -the quality of being stubborn or obstinate.

  30. Gallows: (N) -a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.

  31. Succumb: (V) -to give way to superior force; yield.

  32. Goad: (V) -to encourage, urge, or drive, or stimulate.

  33. In vain: (Adj) -without effect or avail; to no purpose.

  34. Felicity: (N) -the state of being happy, esp. in a high degree; bliss.

  35. Exult: (V) -to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant.

  36. Folly: (N) -the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.

  37. Consign: (V) -to transfer to another's custody or charge; entrust.
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