ESL vocabulary from the To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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to assuage to make milder or less severe  
thence from that place  
spittoon a can for spitting into  
taciturn quiet, unwilling to talk  
to swelter to suffer from oppressive heat  
to squint to look with the eyes partly closed  
to swap to exchange, barter, or trade one thing for another  
to condescend to behave toward someone as if you are superior to them  
penmanship the art of handwriting  
hoe a long-handled implement having a thin, flat blade usually set transversely  
nigger a racist term used to refer to a black person under the mindset that black people are not human or equal to whites  
morbid related to death or terminal illness  
tin a low-melting, malleable, ductile metallic element  
to redden to make or to cause to become red  
hydrant an upright pipe with a spout, nozzle or other outlet, usually in the street, for draing water  
to pester to bother persistenly with petty annoyances  
heap a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another  
tranquil free from commotion or tumult  
reconnaissance a preliminary survey to gain information  
syringe a small device consisting of a glass, metal, or hard rubber tube used to removing or injecting liquids  
propensity a natural inclination or tendency  
artillery mounted projectile-firing guns or missile launchers  
denunciation a public accusation or condemnation of something or somebody  
austere imposing or suggesting physical hardship  
congregation a group of people who have gathered for a religious service  
tedious boring because of being long, monotonous, or repetitive  
hymn a song of praise to God, a god, or a saint  
tactful having or showing concern about upsetting or offending people  
garment article of clothing  
morbid showing a strong interest in unpleasant or gloomy subjects such as death, murder, or accidents  
interval a period of time between one event and the next  
to swivel to turn freely or horizontally in a circle, or to make something turn in this way  
peculiarity the quality or state of being unusual or strange  
to bid to offer an amount of money for something at an auction  
venerable worthy of respect as a result of great age, wisdom, remarkable achievements, or similar qualities  
discreet careful to avoid embarrassment or to avoid upsetting others  
ambidextrous able to use the right and the left hand with equal skill  
strenuous requiring physical effort, energy, stamina, or strength  
brash self-assertive in an aggressive or rude way  
to evoke to bring to mind a memory or feeling, especially from the past  
speck a tiny amount or particle of something  
to expunge to delete or blot out something unwanted  
misdemeanor a crime less serious than a felony and resulting in a less severe punishment  
candid honest or direct in a way that people find either refreshing or distasteful  
to corroborate to give or represent evidence that supports an allegation as being true  
bleakly providing little comfort or shelter  
to fret to be worried, irritated, or agitated about something, or to cause somebody to be so  
yonder located in "that place over there"  
stout thicker and heavier in body than an average person of the same height  
to adjure to order somebody to do something, especially under oath  
preacher somebody whose occupation is to give sermons, preach the gospel, or conduct religious services, especially a minister of a Protestant church  
dainty delicate and pretty  
apron a garment worn over the front of clothes to keep them clean during working, especially cooking  
errand a short trip to do something that needs to be done, such as delivering a bill or picking up groceries  
domestic relating to or used in the home or everyday life within a household  
to scuffle to struggle or fight in a disorderly way  
turmoil a state of great confusion, commotion, or disturbance  
deputy somebody fully authorized or appointed to act on behalf of somebody else, often a police officer  
shrubbery a part of a garden where shrubs grow  
to connive to plan secretly to do something, usually something wrong or illegal  

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