From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, Vocabulary List Chapters 1-3

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Vocabulary List

  1. accustomed | see definition»

    familiar with something so that it seems normal or usual

    Claudia also decided that she must get accustomed to giving up things.

  2. companion | see definition»

    a person or animal you spend time with or enjoy being with

    She planned very carefully; she saved her allowance and she chose her companion.

  3. despise | see definition»

    to dislike (something or someone) very much

    On Saturdays Claudia emptied the wastebaskets, a task she despised.

  4. elegant | see definition»

    showing good taste : graceful and attractive

    Claudia loved the city because it was elegant; it was important; and busy.

  5. expenditure | see definition»

    the act of spending money

    Claudia appointed him treasurer; he would not only hold all the money, he would also keep track of it and pass judgment on all expenditures.

  6. extravagant | see definition»

    spending a lot of money

    "...We have no more allowance. No more income. You can’t be extravagant any longer. It’s not my money we’re spending. It’s our money. We’re in this together, remember?”

  7. fare | see definition»

    the money a person pays to travel on a bus, train, boat, or airplane or in a taxi

    She had to save enough for train fare and a few expenses before she could tell Jamie or make final plans.

  8. indecent | see definition»

    using language that offends people : including behavior or ideas that people find offensive

    “Break up, not bust up. Indecent, not undecent,” Claudia corrected.

  9. injustice | see definition»

    unfair treatment : a situation in which the rights of a person or a group of people are ignored

    She was the oldest child and the only girl and was subject to a lot of injustice.

  10. monotony | see definition»

    a boring lack of change

    She was tired of arguing about whose turn it was to choose the Sunday night seven-thirty television show, of injustice, and of the monotony of everything.

  11. postpone | see definition»

    put off (as an action or event) until a later time

    It would postpone her running away only twenty-seven cents worth.

  12. quarrel | see definition»

    an angry argument or disagreement

    And they both left the bus forgetting caution and remembering only their quarrel.

  13. racket | see definition»

    a loud, unpleasant noise

    The door lever was left of the driver’s seat, and as she walked toward it, she heard an awful racket behind her.

  14. resist | see definition»

    to prevent yourself from doing something that you want to do

    Each held his breath for a long time, and each resisted at least four temptations to peek up and see what was going on.

  15. stifle | see definition»

    to not allow yourself to do or express (something)

    Claudia stifled the urge to correct his grammar again.

  16. tyranny | see definition»

    cruel and unfair treatment by people with power over others

    “Of course. Wearing shoes all the time is one of the tyrannies you’ll escape by coming with me.”

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