From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, Vocabulary List Chapters 7-10

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

  1. abrasion | see definition»

    an injury caused by something that rubs or scrapes against the skin

    Fourteen kids got cuts and abrasions, and their parents are suing the school to pay for their medical expenses.

  2. bequeath | see definition»

    to say in a will that (your property) will be given to (a person or organization) after you die

    Rewrite my will with a clause about my bequeathing the drawing to them.

  3. caution | see definition»

    to warn or tell (someone) about a possible danger, problem, etc.

    Claudia once or twice cautioned Jamie not to make a mess.

  4. cherish | see definition»

    to remember or hold (an idea, belief, etc.) in a deeply felt way

    “If I owned such a lovely statue, I’d never sell it. Or donate it either. I’d cherish it like a member of my own family,” Claudia preached.

  5. clause | see definition»

    a separate part of a legal document

    Also put in a clause about that bed I mentioned, too.

  6. frantic | see definition»

    feeling or showing a lot of fear and worry

    “If you hadn’t been so busy looking at your picture in the paper, you could have read that they are nearly frantic.”

  7. forgery | see definition»

    an imitation that is passed off as genuine

    “But, Mrs. Frankweiler, if there is the slightest doubt that either the statue or the sketch is a forgery, don’t you want to know? Don’t you want the last little bit of doubt cleared up?”

  8. gratitude | see definition»

    a feeling of appreciation or thanks

    “I’ll bet you helped some rich Italian nobleman or some descendant of Michelangelo’s to escape, and he gave you the sketch out of his undying gratitude.”

  9. heroine | see definition»

    a woman who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities

    Now she wouldn’t have to be a heroine when she returned home … except to herself.

  10. jostle | see definition»

    to push against (someone) while moving forward in a crowd of people

    The sounds of third grade shuffling and third grade jostling faded from their shelter.

  11. muzzle | see definition»

    to prevent (a person or group) from speaking or writing in a free or normal way

    Claudia was tempted to muzzle him again, but didn’t.

  12. pauper | see definition»

    a very poor person who has no money to pay for food, clothing, etc.

    “You can’t call me Lady Claudia anymore. We’re paupers now.”

  13. reassure | see definition»

    to make (someone) feel less afraid, upset, or doubtful

    “And I refuse to keep reassuring you..."

  14. saunter | see definition»

    to walk along in a slow and relaxed manner

    Claudia was no longer in a hurry; she sauntered over to a table, carefully laid down the file, smoothed her skirt under her, and sat in a chair.

  15. scowl | see definition»

    an expression on someone's face that shows anger or disapproval

    He pulled his eyebrows down and made his best possible scowl.

  16. summon | see definition»

    to ask for (someone or something) to come : to send or call for (someone or something)

    I summoned Parks; he appeared bearing a silver casserole.

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