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Damaso Bean Trees Vocabulary

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.
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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.)