Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Vocabulary List Chapters 10-13

Bridge to Terabithia Vocabulary List

  1. accusation | see definition»

    a claim that someone has done something bad or illegal

    "Your daddy did it for you." But it wasn't an accusation.

  2. allegiance | see definition»

    loyalty to a person, country, group, etc.

    Mrs. Meyers barked the command to stand for the allegiance.

  3. constrict | see definition»

    to make (something) narrower, smaller, or tighter

    The coldness inside of him had moved upward into his throat constricting it.

  4. destruction | see definition»

    the act or process of killing, ruining, or putting an end to something

    Somehow it was the one thing in all Washington that Leslie had never seen, and so he could tell her about it, describing the tiny beasts hurtling to destruction.

  5. entertain | see definition»

    to perform for (an audience) : to provide amusement for (someone) by singing, acting, etc.

    He couldn't be expected to entertain her all the time.

  6. fascinating | see definition»

    very interesting or appealing

    "Fascinating, isn't it?"

  7. foolish | see definition»

    having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment

    He thought about it all day, how before Leslie came, he had been a nothing - a stupid weird little kid who drew funny pictures and chased around a cow field trying to act big - trying to hide a whole mob of foolish little fears running riot inside his gut.

  8. fragile | see definition»

    easily broken

    For hadn't Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world - huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile?

  9. glisten | see definition»

    to shine with a soft reflected light

    Jess blinked his eyes against the glare and the glisten.

  10. idle | see definition»

    not having any real purpose or value

    He wondered idly if cows were ever scared--really scared.

  11. kinship | see definition»

    a feeling of being close or connected to other people

    He felt a frightening sense of kinship with it.

  12. marvelous | see definition»

    extremely good or enjoyable

    He doused them with syrup and began to eat. They tasted marvelous.

  13. myth | see definition»

    an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true

    "A miracle! Behold the sun! I was beginning to think she had gone into a cave and vowed never to return, like the Japanese myth."

  14. nonsense | see definition»

    words or ideas that are foolish or untrue

    He'd have to tell Leslie about wanting a gut transplant. It was the kind of nonsense she appreciated.

  15. objection | see definition»

    a reason for disagreeing with or opposing something

    His mother had never allowed him to have a dog, but she made no objection to P.T. being in the house.

  16. possess | see definition»

    to have a powerful effect on (someone)

    The anger which had possessed him yesterday flared up again.

  17. procession | see definition»

    an organized group or line of people or vehicles that move together slowly as part of a ceremony

    He walked slowly, as part of a great procession, though only the puppy could be seen, slowly forward carrying the queen's wreath to the sacred grove.

  18. recall | see definition»

    to remember (something) from the past

    He put his mind to remembering the day in Washington, working on details of pictures and statues, dredging up the sound of Miss Edmunds' voice, recalling his own exact words and her exact answers.

  19. rumor | see definition»

    information or a story that is passed from person to person but has not been proven to be true

    "Shhh, yes. There's a rumor around that the beautiful girl arriving today might be the queen they've been waiting for."

  20. scrawny | see definition»

    very thin in a way that is not attractive or healthy

    May Belle was as scrawny as Brenda was fat.

  21. sensation | see definition»

    a particular feeling or experience that may not have a real cause

    Occasionally into the corner of his mind's vision would come a sensation of falling, but he pushed it away with the view of another picture or the sound of another conversation.

  22. sincere | see definition»

    having or showing true feelings that are expressed in an honest way

    "I just want to give you my sincere sympathy."

  23. traitor | see definition»

    a person who is not loyal or true to a friend, duty, cause, or belief or is false to a personal duty

    And even he himself has entertained the traitorous thought that now he would be the fastest.

  24. vow | see definition»

    to make a serious promise to do something or to behave in a certain way

    "A miracle! Behold the sun! I was beginning to think she had gone into a cave and vowed never to return, like the Japanese myth."

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