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- consciousness |ˈkän(t)SHəsnəs| –noun- the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings: she failed to regain consciousness and died two days later.
- provoked |prəˈvōk| verb [with object]stimulate or give rise to (a reaction or emotion, typically a strong or unwelcome one) in someone: the decision provoked a storm of protest from civil rights organizations.
- traumatized |ˈtrouməˌtīzˈtrôməˌtīz| verb [with object] subject to lasting shock as a result of an emotionally disturbing experience or physical injury: the children were traumatized by separation from their families.
- inherently |inˈhirəntlēinˈherəntlē| adverb in a permanent, essential, or characteristic way: the work is inherently dangerous | his theories are inherently flawed | criticism is inherently threatening.
- nightmares|ˈnītˌmer| noun-a frightening or unpleasant dream: I had nightmares after watching the horror movie.
- inconsolable |ˌinkənˈsōləb(ə)l| adjective-(of a person or their grief) not able to be comforted or alleviated: his widow, Jane, was inconsolable.
- shrieking |ˈSHrēkiNG| adjective-making a high-pitched piercing cry or sound: shrieking winds | a shrieking ambulance | shrieking hyenas.
- perseverance |ˌpərsəˈvirəns| noun–steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success: his perseverance with the technique illustrates his single-mindedness | medicine is a field that requires dedication and perseverance.
- ostensibly |äˈstensiblēəˈstensiblē| adverb [sentence adverb] apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually: portrayed as a blue-collar type, ostensibly a carpenter.
- righteous righteous |ˈrīCHəs|-adjective 1 (of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous: he is a good, righteous man, I am sure | feelings of righteous indignation about pay and conditions.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
- F- The kids showed up in our driveway on a Tuesday afternoon.
- T-My two biological daughters, then 7 and 3, watched with concern as her cries turned to whimpers.
- NA Our neighbors came over to meet the new children.
- F- We may have been experienced parents, but we were inexperienced at parenting a traumatized child.
- T- I didn’t know how to comfort a child who became frantic when I tried to touch her.
- F- My older daughter began having nightmares.
- NA-The social worker visited often.
- T-I tried telling her that it happens only to parents who don’t, or can’t, take care of their children.
- T- During the months that followed, the crying diminished and the children began to trust us.
- F- My is an husband immigrant.