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A Tale Of Two Cities Vocabulary

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Updated 2008-04-24 20:21
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guillotinewooden structure with a metal blade used for executions
tumbrelstwo-wheeled carts used to transport the condemned to their deaths
tremuloustrembling
cessationstoppage, the end of activity
piscatoryrelated to fish or fishermen
lethargyfatigue; state of tiredness
provenderfood or provisions
inexorableunstoppable, unalterable
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inscrutableunreadable, hard to figure out
lamentationweeping, expression of grief
pecuniaryfinancial
musedponder
feignedpretended
incumbentimposed as an obligation
incommodiousinconvenient
efficacyeffectiveness
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aphorisman adage or short saying
demura legal objection
immolateto sacrifice, as in burn at the stake
asseverationstrong statement
carriondecaying flesh
deprecatorybelittling, apologetic
convivialwelcoming, friendly
indictmentcondemnation, accusation
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infamynotoriety, disgrace
unimpeachablefaultless, irreproachable
plaintivemournful
slovenlysloppy
antipathyhostility, dislike
insolentimpudent, rude
impedimentobstruction
rejoinderresponse
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stealthilyfurtively, secretly
despondencydejection, hopelessness
staidsober, conservative
imputationa legal charge or accusation
compunction a mental discomfort, uneasiness
emulativeimitative, copying
escutcheona shield, which displays a coat of arms
sumptuouslavish, luxurious
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propitiateto appease or conciliate
obsequiousnessgroveling behavior, pathetic eagerness to please
trenchantdistinct, clear cut
adjureto command or charge under oath
traversedcrossed or passed through
zealouspassionate, fervent
ascertaineddetermined, discovered
spectreghost
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deferentiallyrespectfully
morosenesssadness, gloominess of mood
incorrigibleunredeemable; uncorrectable in behavior
ostentatiousshowy, pretentious
magnanimousgenerous
remonstranceobjection, protest
self-abnegationself-denial, lack of self-consideration
ubiquitouspresent everywhere at the same time
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altercationloud quarrel
sallowunhealthily yellow
assiduouslywith great persistence and care
transitoryfleeting, temporary
irresoluteindecisive, unsure
dubiousdoubtful, uncertain
superciliouslyarrogantly, condescendingly
amicablyagreeably, good-naturedly
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