The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson, Vocabulary List Chapters 1-3

The Parker Inheritance Vocabulary List

  1. confidential | see definition»

    secret or private

    "They agreed not to press charges if she signed a confidentiality agreement and destroyed all her research."

  2. counter | see definition»

    to say in response to something said

    Grand would always nod and counter with, "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there."

  3. dull | see definition»

    not sharp in edge or point : BLUNT

    Her grandmother had been dead for two years, but being surrounded by all of her things had brought a dull ache to Candice's heart.

  4. dusk | see definition»

    the time when the sky is getting dark at night

    Dusk was beginning to set, and apart from the handful of teens playing basketball, Vickers Park was empty.

  5. eventually | see definition»

    at some later time : in the end

    Candice's father eventually convinced her mother to let him bring in a contractor buddy to do a remodel.

  6. flurry | see definition»

    a large amount of something that happens or comes suddenly

    And with the sunrise would come a flurry of questions and accusations.

  7. forge | see definition»

    to make or copy (something, such as a document or signature) falsely in order to deceive someone

    "Forged city paperwork to pay a crew and rent a backhoe."

  8. loom | see definition»

    to come into sight suddenly and often with a large, strange, or frightening appearance

    A large yellow backhoe loomed in the distance.

  9. peer | see definition»

    to look curiously or carefully

    She peered into the deep, dark hole.

  10. recite | see definition»

    to repeat from memory

    Candice could recite by memory the story about how her grandmother had put herself through college while raising two kids.

  11. reputation | see definition»

    overall quality or character as judged by people in general

    Abigail had wagered her reputation.

  12. resign | see definition»

    to give up (a job or position) by a formal or official act

    She would be forced to resign by the end of the day.

  13. scandal | see definition»

    something that angers or shocks people because rules or standards of behavior are violated

    "The city didn't want a scandal."

  14. sigh | see definition»

    to take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, relieved, etc.

    Then she sighed.

  15. superstition | see definition»

    a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, or trust in magic or chance

    It was one of her many superstitions when it came to her work.

  16. suspend | see definition»

    to force (someone) to leave a job, position, or place for a usually short period of time as a form of punishment

    The mayor had already suspended her.

  17. tarnish | see definition»

    to bring disgrace or ruin

    Mama's legacy is tarnished enough.

  18. technically | see definition»

    according to a very strict explanation of a rule, fact, etc.

    Well, technically it wasn't her room.

  19. trek | see definition»

    to walk a long way with difficulty

    It was probably time for him to make his annual trek to the Vista Heights neighborhood.

  20. vacant | see definition»

    not filled, used, or lived in

    It had recently become vacant.

  21. wager | see definition»

    to bet on the result of a contest or question

    Abigail had wagered her reputation.

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