Scarlet Ibis 19 words

Vocabulary words and the sentences they were used in
  1. prim
    affectedly dainty or refined
    The flower garden is prim, the house a gleaming white, and the pale fence across the yard stands straight and spruce.
  2. invalid
    no longer valid
    It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow.
  3. burden
    weight to be borne or conveyed
    He was burden in many ways.
  4. loll
    be lazy or idle
    We’d bedeck ourselves with our handiwork and loll about thus beautiful, beyond the touch of the everyday world.
  5. sullenly
    in a sullen manner
    “I won’t touch it,” he said sullenly.
  6. imminent
    close in time; about to occur
    With success so imminent, we decided not to tell anyone until he could walk.
  7. tremendous
    extraordinarily large in size or extent or amount or power or degree
    Aunt Nicey said that, after so much talk, if we produced anything less tremendous than a Resurrection, she was going to be disappointed.
  8. iridescent
    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
    When Peter was ready to go to sleep, the peacock spread his magnificent tail, enfolding the boy gently like a closing go-to-sleep flower, burying him in the gloriously iridescent, rustling vortex.
  9. vortex
    a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
    When Peter was ready to go to sleep, the peacock spread his magnificent tail, enfolding the boy gently like a closing go-to-sleep flower, burying him in the gloriously iridescent, rustling vortex.
  10. serene
    not agitated; without losing self-possession
    Of course, I was old enough to know this wouldn’t work out, but the picture he painted was so beautiful and serene that all I could do was whisper Yes, yes.
  11. blighted
    affected by blight; anything that mars or prevents growth or prosperity
    That summer, the summer of 1918, was blighted.
  12. withered
    lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
    In May and June there was no rain and the crops withered, curled up, then died under the thirsty sun.
  13. reiterate
    to say, state, or perform again
    “I certainly did,” Doodle reiterated, scowling at me over the top of his iced-tea glass, and we were quiet again.
  14. scowl
    frown with displeasure
    “I certainly did,” Doodle reiterated, scowling at me over the top of his iced-tea glass, and we were quiet again.
  15. poised
    marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
    Doodle stopped eating, with a piece of brad poised ready for his mouth, his eyes popped round like two blue buttons.
  16. precariously
    in a precarious manner
    On the topmost branch a bird the size of a chicken, with scarlet feathers and long legs, was perched precariously.
  17. scold
    censure severely or angrily
    Far off in the marsh a rail was scolding, and over on the beach locusts were singing in the myrtle trees.
  18. evanesce
    disappear gradually
    I hadn’t run too far before I became tired and the flood of childish spite evanesced as well.
  19. heresy
    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
    For a long long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of rain.