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Kite Runner Vocabluary

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