… he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead

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To Kill a Mockingbird Vocabulary List 1

  1. habitually (Page 9) “… he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead.”

Definition: all the time

  1. foray (page 18): Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful.

Definition: a sudden invasion into enemy territory

  1. eccentric (page 10): Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket-Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans….

Definition: unconventional and slightly strange

  1. nebulous (page 14): Boo’s transition from the basement to back home was nebulous in Jem’s memory.

Definition: unclear, cloudy

  1. entity (page 7): The Radley Place was inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end….

Definition: a being (that is, a living being that isn’t human or animal or otherwise identified)

  1. apprehensively (page 21): The class murmured apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of peculiarities indigenous to that region.”

Definition: uneasily or fearfully

  1. benevolence (page 57): Miss Maudie’s benevolence extended to Jem and Dill….When she was admitted into our confidence, every time she baked she made a big cake and three little ones….”

Definition: kindness, generosity

  1. auspicious (p. 43): The remainder of my school days were no more auspicious than the first.

Definition: with signs of success; favorable; prosperous; fortunate

  1. onslaught (p. 30): [Walter’s] fists were half-cocked, as if expecting an onslaught from both of us.

Definition: a fierce or destructive attack

  1. illicitly (p. 23): I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.

Definition: without permission, illegally

The quiz will require you to define some words and give the word that matches the definition for others. The bonus will be a sentence of your own using one of the words.

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