TKMB Chapters 13-15 Vocabulary

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To Kill a Mockingbird
Chapters 13-15
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8th grade
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1

tactful

adj. able to say the right thing to a person without being offensive

2

prerogative

n. an exclusive right or privilege

3

caste system

n. class distinctions based on birth, wealth, etc.

4

antagonize

v. to oppose; to make angry

5

infallible

adj. never wrong

6

placid

adj. pleasantly calm or peaceful; quiet

7

venerable

adj. impressive on account of age or historic associations

8

facade

n. the front of a building; the part facing the street

9

detractors

n. one who disparages or belittles the worth of something

10

acquiescence

n. agreement without protest

11

encumbered

v. loaded to excess or impeded by a heavy load

12

"run-of-the-mill"

phrase - not outstanding in quality or rarity

13

"put some of the county back where it belongs"

phrase - referencing the amount of dirt; filthy

14

"last-ditch effort"

phrase - final attempt

15

"things had come to a pretty pass"

phrase - things had turned out alright

16

"he had seen the light"

phrase - became newly devout or recently saw the right way

17

"feathers rose"

phrase - got upset and irritated

18

Atticus's meaning of the phrase - "the facts of life"

phrase - the way things are done; the realities of life