The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
Flustered: Nervous or confused
Sentence: 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 stubbornly
Sentence: She was persistent on getting first place at the cross country meet.
Optimistic: Hopeful about the future; confident
Sentence: She tried to be optimistic about the fact that Pretty Little Liars was canceled.
Defiant: Willing to stand up to opposition; bold
Sentence: He had a defiant attitude towards the new rule at school.
Antagonism: Hostility; unfriendliness
Sentence: You could feel the antagonism in the air after the president's speech.
Incriminate: To cause to appear guilty
Sentence: The police incriminated her after knocking on the door with a warrant.
Legitimate: In accordance with accepted practices; reasonable
Sentence: 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 mannerism
Sentence: My sister has a lot of weird habits, but her main idiosyncrasy was collecting her toenail clippings.
Contorted: Twisted or pulled out of shape
Sentence: I was amazed by the contortionist act at the circus.