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arid
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Arid she was between them.†
arid = lacking sufficient water or rainfall; or lacking vitality of spirit
DefinitionGenerally arid means:
lacking sufficient water or rainfall

or:

lacking vitality or spirit
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blithe
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Like submitting to another way to talk, she could answer to his burden now, his whole blithe, smiling, superior, frantic existence.†
blithe = carefree and happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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cajole
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But he went bobbing on to another tree while he was cajoling, bright as a lantern that swayed in a wind.†
cajoling = gently persuading
DefinitionGenerally cajole means:
gently persuade
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commotion
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They didn't give her a chance to begin her Own commotion, only lifted away her hoe that she stretched out and leaned it on the big vines.†
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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evangelist
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To his back, he was not so very big, not so flashy and splendid as, for example, some brand-new evangelist come into the midst.†
evangelist = a Christian who tries to convince others to become Christian
DefinitionGenerally evangelist means:
a Christian who tries to convince others to become Christian — especially on television, radio, or in large gatherings

or when qualified (such as "an ecosystem evangelist"):  anyone who tires to convince others of something
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gambol
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For the first time Mattie Will thought they were mysterious and sweet—gamboling now she knew not where.†
gamboling = frolicking (skipping, leaping, and/or running around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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grandeur
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When she laid eyes on Mr. MaeLain close, she staggered, he had such grandeur, and then she was caught by the hair and brought down as suddenly to earth as if whacked by an unseen shillelagh.†
grandeur = the quality of being grand or magnificent or splendid
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impudent
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Mattie Will cried, but the impudence—which still seemed marvelous to her since she'd never laid eyes on him close or thought of opening her mouth to him—all the impudence was carried off on the batting spring wind.†
impudence = improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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prevalent
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Mattie Will ran the June bug up and down her arm and remembered once when she was little and her mother and father had both been taken with the prevalent sickness, and it was Mrs. MacLain from Morgana—who before that was known only by sight to her—who had come out to the farm and nursed and cooked for them, since there was nobody.†
prevalent = encountered commonly
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sojourn
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Her arms dropped back to the mossiness, and she was Mr. MacLain's Doom, or Mr. MacLain's Weakness, like the rest, and neither Mrs. Junior Holifield nor Mattie Will Sojourner; now she was something she had always heard of.†
sojourner = someone who visits a place
DefinitionGenerally sojourn means:
a temporary visit to a place
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waver
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Presently she lifted her eyes in a lazy dread and saw those eyes above hers, as keenly bright and unwavering and apart from her life as the flowers on a tree.†
unwavering = steady

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unwavering means not and reverses the meaning of wavering. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
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