A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Glossary

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Glossary

absolution

formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment

avid

having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something

beget

give rise to, bring about

emasculate

make weaker or less effective

feud

a state of prolonged mutual hostility

inflexible

unwilling to change or compromise

lamentation

weeping

lavish

sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious

limpid

free of anything that darkens, completely clear

midwife

a person, typically a woman trained to assist women in childbirth

mongrel

a dog of no definable type or breed

naiveté

lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment

nurture

the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something

poignant

evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret

profanity

blasphemous or obscene language

raucous

making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise

reverie

a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts

rigid

unable to bend or be forced out of shape

shabby

in poor condition through long or hard use or lack of care

tenement

a room or a set of rooms forming a separate residence within a house or block of apartments

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