"The Black Cat" Vocabulary Definitions
- Solicit: (V) -to seek for (something) by earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.
- Mad: (Adj) -mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented.
- Succinct: (Adj) -expressed in few words; concise; terse.
- Phantasm: (N) -an illusory likeness of something.
- Docile: (Adj) -easily managed or handled.
- Disposition: (N) -the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude.
- Sagacious: (Adj) -having or showing keen discernment, and sound judgment.
- Paltry: (Adj) -lacking in importance or worth; trivial.
- Gossamer: (N) -something delicate, light, or flimsy.
- Fidelity: (N) -faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances.
- Procure: (V) -to get by special effort; obtain or acquire.
- Allusion: (N) -the act of alluding; indirect reference:
- Intemperance: (N) -excessive use of alcoholic beverages.
- Maltreat: (V) -to treat in a rough or cruel way; abuse.
- Scruple: (N) -a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions.
- Malevolence: (N) -ill will; malice; hatred.
- Atrocity: (N) -the quality of being extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, or brutal.
- Debauch: (N) -a period of wanton self-indulgence, an excessive party which includes consumption of alcohol.
- Sentiment: (N) -a mental feeling; emotion.
- Remorse: (N) -deep and painful regret for wrongdoing.
- 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.
- Consummate: (Adj) -complete, highest or most extreme degree.
- Conflagration: (N) -a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.
- Bas-relief: (N) -relief sculpture in which the figures project slightly from the background.
- Conscience: (N) -the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one's conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action.
- Infamy: (N) -extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act.
- Hogshead: (N) -a large cask, esp. one containing from 63 to 140 gallons.
- Pestilence: (N) -something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.
- Pertinacity: (N) -the quality of being stubborn or obstinate.
- Gallows: (N) -a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.
- Succumb: (V) -to give way to superior force; yield.
- Goad: (V) -to encourage, urge, or drive, or stimulate.
- In vain: (Adj) -without effect or avail; to no purpose.
- Felicity: (N) -the state of being happy, esp. in a high degree; bliss.
- Exult: (V) -to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant.
- Folly: (N) -the state or quality of being foolish; lack of understanding or sense.
- Consign: (V) -to transfer to another's custody or charge; entrust.
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