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1

adulation

Strong admiration; worship
Scout, at times, expresses adulation for her father, Atticus Finch.

2

bristle

To show irritation
Most of the people of Maycomb, Alabama bristled against African-American people.

3

decoy

Lure; trap; trick
Scout, Jem, and Dill attempted to use a decoy to allow Boo Radley to exit his house and expose himself.

4

erratic

Wandering; irregular
Scout was quite the erratic person, because of her tomboyish attitude and constant playing.

5

histrionic

Theatrical; exaggerated
Scout and Jem's view of Boo Radley is very histrionic, seeing the man as a monster-like figure.

6

laud

Praise
Atticus Finch would get receive no laud for defending Tom Robinson, an African-American man.

7

obstreperous

Noisy and boisterous
Scout, with her brother and Dill, were most likely obstreperous in the streets of Maycomb.

8

portend

Foretell
Because of the racist attitude of Maycomb, one can easily portend the reaction of a white man, Atticus, being a lawyer for a black man, Tom Robinson.

9

retraction

Withdrawal; cancellation of a statement
Francis, Scout's cousin, insisted on making no retraction for his statement criticizing Atticus.

10

titter

Giggle quietly
Scout, because of her masculine traits, would not titter very much, if not at all.

11

adversity

Hardship
Black people in Atticus's time dealt with adversities almost all of the time, especially in Alabama and other states in the south

12

broach

Start to discuss; approach
One of the themes and subjects broached upon in To Kill a Mockingbird is racial injustice and life in the South.

13

deference

Respect
Children in Scout's time period, the Great Depression era, were expected to always have deference for their elders.

14

esoteric

Obscure and difficult to understand
Boo Radley, in his secretive and secluded lifestyle, was esoteric in his behaviors.

15

hoary

Old
The houses in Maycomb, Alabama, were quite hoary, due to their connection to periods of time like the Civil War.

16

lavish

On a grand scale; wasteful
Everybody in Maycomb during the Great Depression did not live lavish lives at all, due to financial and economic difficulties.

17

portent

A warning sign; omen
The racist attitude held in the South after the Civil War acts as a portent for the potential fate of Tom Robinson, a black man.

18

revere

Worship
Although separated by hate and discrimination, black people and white people in Maycomb revered the same God, but however, in different churches.

19

obtuse

Mentally dull
Boo Radley was an obtuse person, who did not hold the normal mental capacity of an average person.

20

tome

Large book
Atticus Finch probably had to study many tomes in order for him to become a lawyer in Alabama.