The Watsons Go To Birmingham Novel Packet Vocabulary List

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  1. accustomed
    commonly used or practiced; usual
  2. boycott
    refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization
  3. bravo
    a cry of approval as from an audience at the end of great performance
  4. cockeyed
    turned or twisted toward one side
  5. cracker
    a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet
  6. crouch
    the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
  7. curiosity
    a state in which you want to learn more about something
  8. delinquent
    a young offender
  9. discrimination
    unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice
  10. dispersal
    the act of diffusing something
  11. drowsy
    half asleep
  12. eavesdrop
    listen without the speaker's knowledge
  13. egghead
    an intellectual; a very studious and academic person
  14. emulate
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  15. facility
    a building or place that provides a particular service
  16. frostbite
    damage to bodily tissue caused by extreme cold
  17. generate
    bring into existence
  18. grapevine
    gossip spread by spoken communication
  19. haphazardly
    in a random manner
  20. heroic
    having qualities appropriate for brave figures
  21. hillbilly
    a disparaging term for an unsophisticated person
  22. hostile
    characterized by enmity or ill will
  23. hypnotize
    induce a state that resembles sleep in
  24. imitate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  25. interracial
    between races
  26. intimidate
    compel or deter by or as if by threats
  27. jabber
    talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
  28. jack up
    lift with a special device
  29. liberate
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
  30. linoleum
    a floor covering
  31. Nazi
    a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
  32. pan
    shallow container made of metal
  33. peon
    a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
  34. pervasive
    spreading or spread throughout
  35. picket
    a wooden strip forming part of a fence
  36. pinnacle
    a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
  37. pomade
    hairdressing consisting of a perfumed oil or ointment
  38. punctual
    acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed
  39. quest
    the act of searching for something
  40. radioactive
    exhibiting or caused by emissions in nuclear decay
  41. reinforcement
    an act performed to strengthen approved behavior
  42. reputation
    the general estimation that the public has for a person
  43. salute
    a formal military gesture of respect
  44. agitation
    a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
  45. scowl
    frown with displeasure
  46. segregation
    the act of keeping apart
  47. seniority
    higher rank especially by reason of longer service
  48. slew
    a large number or amount or extent
  49. sonic boom
    an explosive sound caused by the shock wave of an airplane traveling faster than the speed of sound
  50. stagger
    walk with great difficulty
  51. strangling
    the act of suffocating by constricting the windpipe
  52. suspender
    elastic straps that hold trousers up
  53. temptation
    the act of influencing by exciting hope or desire
  54. thermostat
    a regulator for automatically regulating temperature
  55. thug
    an aggressive and violent young criminal
  56. trap line
    a line or series of traps
  57. trespass
    enter unlawfully on someone's property
  58. unveil
    make visible
  59. wad
    a small mass of soft material
  60. welfare
    something that aids or promotes well-being
  61. whirlpool
    a powerful circular current of water
Created on January 16, 2018

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