Damaso Bean Trees Vocabulary

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45 vocab words from The Bean Trees by Kingsolver. N.B. If a word has more than one definition, separate those two definitions by a semicolon.

Apoplectic

furious (adj.)

Aptitude

potential to acquire skill (n.)

Blowzy

red-faced ; careless in appearance (adj.)

Botch

to do something badly (v.)

Cache

a hidden supply (n.)

Careen

to swerve (v.)

Conniption

a hysterical fit (n.)

Dilapidated

in disrepair (adj.)

Emanate

to come from (v.)

Endogenous

without external cause (adj.)

Faze

to fluster somebody (v.)

Flounce

to move with an angry swagger (v.)

Foist

to thrust something inferior on somebody (v.)

Gumption

courage to act (n.)

Heathen

a non-believer ; non-believing (n. / adj.)

Homeostasis

a state of equilibrium or balance (n.)

Hunker

to crouch (v.)

Hypochondriac

somebody who imagines illness ; believing in non-existent illnesses (n. / adj.)

Ornery

nasty and uncooperative (adj.)

Petrified

turned to stone ; scared (adj.)

Prosthesis

an artificial body part (n.)

Reticent

shy and reluctant (adj.)

Scuttle

a ship's hatchway ; to destroy something (adj. / v.)

Thicket

a growth of bushes (n.)

Ulterior

underlying (adj.)

Arbor

a shady place (n.)

Cantankerous

disagreeable or grouchy (adj.)

Catatonic

lacking movement, activity, or expression (adj.)

Catharsis

an emotional release (n.)

Coerce

to compel by force (v.)

Conjecture

a theory based on insufficient evidence ; to conclude from insufficient evidence (n. / v.)

Dervish

a member of a Muslim sect ; a frenzied person (n.)

Deviant

different from a traditional norm ; a social misfit (adj. / n.)

Dither

to be indecisive (v.)

Flotsam

floating wreckage ; marginalized people (n.)

Hoodlum

young criminal or gangster (n.)

Legume

bean (n.)

Maleficent

harmful (adj.)

Meander

to wander slowly on a twisting route ; a bend (v. / n.)

Poise

to be balanced ; composure (adj. / n.)

Pungent

strong smelling or strong tasting (adj.)

Resilient

elastic ; quick to recover (adj.)

Rigmarole

ridiculously complicated process or chatter (n.)

Tawny

orangey-brown (adj.)

Transient

short-lived ; a temporary person (adj. / n.)

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