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20 terms

The House of the Scorpion vocabulary

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array
an orderly arrangement
desolation
loneliness; abandonment
indignant
feeling or expressing anger aroused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy
voluminous
having great size, volume, fullness, or number
spray
a small branch bearing flowers, leaves, or berries
consternation
great fear or dismay
defile
to make filthy or dirty; pollute; to make dirty or corrupt
tersely
briefly or in a "to-the-point" manner
maliciously
done in a way that shows you are motivated by a desire to harm others; spitefully
covey
a group or small flock of partridges, grouse, and/or similar birds
guileless
free of treacherous cunning or skillful deceit
furtively
done or acting in a stealthy manner; sneakily; behaving in a quiet, secretive, cautious manner so as to avoid notice
harangued
to deliver a long, loud speech—often one in which the speaker denounces a person, group, or thing
impassively
in a manner that shows no feeling or emotion
fervor
intensity of emotion
ensconced
settled comfortably or snugly
dejection
the condition of being in low spirits; depressed
jovial
full of fun and good cheer; jolly
mewling
crying softly, as a baby does; whimpering
cravenly
in a cowardly manner (showing shameful fear when facing danger or pain