“The Scarlet Ibis” Vocabulary Words Imminent (adj.) About to occur; likely to happen soon Jarrett’s reckless driving of his four wheeler made me believe an accident was imminent. Iridescent (adj.) Shining with shifting rainbow color The iridescent sticker was the top prize in Mrs. Steinbacher’s first-grade class. Vortex (n) A rushing whirl, drawing in all that surrounds it The tornado-like vortex raged through Kansas, destroying an entire mobile home park. Infallibility (n) The condition of being unable to fail Tom’s infallibility in all academics enabled him to graduate as the class valedictorian. Entrails (n) Internal organs; specifically intestines The deer was apparently hit by a fast moving vehicle and its entrails were spread across the highway. Precariously (adv.) Insecurely The boys stretched precariously across the top of the steep ledge, frightening all who passed. Evanesced (v) Faded away Several years after her parents divorce, Elizabeth’s angry feelings toward her father evanesced, and she was able to enjoy his company again. Careen (v) To rush carelessly The car careened down the highway until the driver saw the flashing lights following closely behind him. Doggedness (n) Persistence, stubbornness Mitchell’s doggedness, when it came time to his hours of practice, enabled him to win the competition. Exotic (adj.) Excitingly strange While most of my family enjoys hamburgers and hot dogs, I enjoy more exotic meals. Heresy (n) An action or opinion that differs from what is generally thought of as right The heresy of the church leaders made the entire congregation question their decisions Invalid (adj.) Too ill to live a normal life The invalid boy would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Reiterate (v) Repeat Because he was so tired, Jayden had to ask the teacher to reiterate the instructions three times.