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1

advocate

Support
Atticus advocates Tom Robinson through the court trial as a lawyer.

2

brusque

Blunt; abrupt
Mr. Ewell was brusque in his harsh criticism of Tom Robinson.

3

defoliate

Cause leaves to fall off
The cold weather of Maycomb defoliated the leaves on the trees around the town.

4

espouse

Promote; take up; support
Ms. Caroline did not espouse Scout's reading skills in school.

5

hone

Sharpen; increase; whet
Atticus decided to let Scout hone her reading skills despite Ms. Caroline's rejection of it.

6

lax

Careless; not strict
Scout and Jem were lax when they found the objects in the tree by the Radley house.

7

obviate

Avoid; make unnecessary
Ewell tried to obviate the fact that he was ambidextrous in front of Atticus.

8

poseur

Someone who puts on an act
Scout, Jem, and Dill were poseurs when they did their various skits together.

9

riddled

Full of (usually full of holes)
The Radley house, due to its age, was riddled with imperfections.

10

torpid

Inactive; lazy; stagnant
Bob Ewell was a particularly torpid, abusive father.

11

aesthetic

Concerning art of beauty
The aesthetic features of the Radley house were old and worn out.

12

bulwark

Fortification; barricade; wall
The fence around the Radley house was like a bulwark.

13

defunct

No longer in existence
Though slavery was defunct in Alabama, blacks like Tom Robinson still faced prejudice.

14

etymology

The study of word origins
Scout most likely would appreciate etymology because of her reading abilities.

15

hyperbole

Grossly exaggerated speech
Dill employed hyperbole in his stories about his father and home in Meridian, Mississippi.

16

legend

1. key to map; 2. myth or story
The legend of Boo Radley interested Jem, Scout, and Dill very much.

17

odious

Hateful
Many racist white people in Maycomb were odious toward blacks.

18

posterity

Future generations
Atticus attempted to reach racial equality for the posterity of civil courts.

19

rife

Common
It was not rife for African-Americans to be at the house of the Ewells.

20

torpor

Dormancy; sluggishness; inactivity
Boo Radley was full of torpor, since he stayed in his house all the time.