Kite Runner Vocabluary

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1-10; March 19, 2012 11-20; March 22, 2012 21-29 March 26, 2012

affluent

having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

notoriously

widely and unfavorably known

unscrupulous

lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable

reveries

Daydreams

atrophied

weakened and withered

quelled

subdued or overcome

garrulous

full of trivial conversation

furtive

secret and sly or sordid

valiant

having or showing valor

feigned

not genuine

nuances

subtle distinctions or variations

trepidation

a feeling of alarm or dread

impassive

deliberately impassive in manner

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

morose

showing a brooding ill humor

unabashedly

in an unabashed manner

imminent

close in time

demise

the time when something ends

indignation

a feeling of righteous anger

guileless

free of deceit

chasm

a deep opening in the earth's surface

dismay

fear resulting from the awareness of danger

periphery

the outside boundary or surface of something

ambled

to walk at a slow, leisurely pace.

anonymity

the state of being anonymous

grimace

a contorted facial expression

embodiment

giving concrete form to an abstract concept

façade

the face or front of a building

sheen

the visual property of something that shines with reflected light

vigil

a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe

tenets

beliefs of a group; doctrines

insinuation

the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments

adversary

someone who offers opposition

palliative

remedy that alleviates pain without curing

reticence

the trait of being uncommunicative

daunting

discouraging through fear

meticulous

marked by precise accordance with details

ambivalent

characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes

array

an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics

lucrative

producing a good profit

precipitous

extremely steep

negate

make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

rueful

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

exasperated

greatly annoyed

bludgeoned

bullied

alleviated

(of pain or sorrow) made easier to bear

divert

send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one

queue

a braid of hair at the back of the head

futility

uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result

nonchalantly

in an unconcerned manner

unrequited

not returned in kind

averting

the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away

incessant

occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted

aptness

appropriateness

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

pragmatic

concerned with practical matters

rotund

excessively fat

exuded

gave off; oozed; radiated

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