The Monsters are Due on Maple Street By: Amber Doan Flustered: Nervous or confusedSentence: They did not want to fluster the people by announcing the news on tv. Intense: Showing great concentration or determination Sentence: There was an intense rivalry between the two schools. Persistent: Refusing to give up; continuing stubbornlySentence: She was persistent on getting first place at the cross country meet. Optimistic: Hopeful about the future; confidentSentence: She tried to be optimistic about the fact that Pretty Little Liars was canceled. Defiant: Willing to stand up to opposition; boldSentence: He had a defiant attitude towards the new rule at school. Antagonism: Hostility; unfriendlinessSentence: You could feel the antagonism in the air after the president's speech. Incriminate: To cause to appear guiltySentence: The police incriminated her after knocking on the door with a warrant. Legitimate: In accordance with accepted practices; reasonableSentence: They let him free after he gave a legitimate reason why there was a dead body in his house. Idiosyncrasy: A personal way of acting; odd mannerismSentence: My sister has a lot of weird habits, but her main idiosyncrasy was collecting her toenail clippings. Contorted: Twisted or pulled out of shapeSentence: I was amazed by the contortionist act at the circus.