"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Vocabulary from Part 4 19 words

As you read Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," learn these word lists: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  1. anticipate
    regard something as probable or likely
    The next day I found a market on Broadway and bought an apple, if she didn’t want me I would leave, I didn’t know where I would go, but I would turn around and walk away, there was no note on her window, so I threw the apple, anticipating the glass that would rain down on me, I wasn’t afraid of the shards, the apple went through her window and into her apartment, the doorman was standing in front of the building, he said, “You’re lucky that was open, pal.”
  2. philanthropist
    someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being
    In the days and weeks that followed, I read the lists of the dead in the paper: mother of three, college sophomore, Yankees fan, lawyer, brother, bond trader, weekend magician, practical joker, sister, philanthropist.
  3. dote
    shower with love; show excessive affection for
    In the days and weeks that followed, I read the lists of the dead in the paper: mother of three, college sophomore, Yankees fan, lawyer, brother, bond trader, weekend magician, practical joker, sister, philanthropist, middle son, dog lover, janitor, only child, entrepreneur, waitress, grandfather of fourteen, registered nurse, accountant, intern, jazz saxophonist, doting uncle.
  4. aficionado
    a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer
    In this case, a devotee of wine.
    In the days and weeks that followed, I read the lists of the dead in the paper: mother of three, college sophomore, Yankees fan, lawyer, brother, bond trader, weekend magician, practical joker, sister, philanthropist, middle son, dog lover, janitor, only child, entrepreneur, waitress, grandfather of fourteen, registered nurse, accountant, wine aficionado.
  5. avid
    marked by active interest and enthusiasm
    In the days and weeks that followed, I read the lists of the dead in the paper: mother of three, college sophomore, Yankees fan, lawyer, brother, bond trader, weekend magician, practical joker, sister, philanthropist, middle son, dog lover, janitor, only child, entrepreneur, waitress, grandfather of fourteen, registered nurse, accountant, wine aficionado, avid reader.
  6. palette
    board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used
    I went to the art supply store to buy some clay, I couldn’t keep my hands to myself, the pastels in long boxes, the palette knives, the handmade papers hanging on rolls, I tested every sample, I wrote my name in blue pen and in green oil stick, in orange crayon and in charcoal, it felt like I was signing the contract of my life.
  7. betray
    disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake
    I thought she would say no, she said, “If he ever sees you, you will have betrayed me.”
  8. unison
    occurring together or simultaneously
    He wrapped his arms around me and squeezed, I could feel his heart beating against my heart, they were trying to beat in unison, without saying a word he turned around and rushed away from me, out of the store, into the street
  9. vulnerable
    capable of being wounded or hurt
    “He’s very vulnerable,” I said.
  10. intimidating
    discouraging through fear
    “Did he sound intimidating?”
  11. negotiable
    able to be negotiated or arranged by compromise
    Instead I was in the position of telling people that the prices for his belongings weren’t negotiable.
  12. discerning
    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment
    “He had a very discerning eye.”
  13. sympathetic
    expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward
    “They were sympathetic, but without the key, I was stuck.”
  14. daunting
    discouraging through fear
    But the more letters you wrote to me, and the more of yourself you gave, the more daunting my task became.
  15. facilitate
    make easier
    I would be happy to do anything possible to facilitate such a path.
  16. vast
    unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
    I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the vast majority of the universe is composed of dark matter.
  17. sapling
    young tree
    It became a sapling, which became a seed.
  18. biodegradable
    capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria
    I invented a biodegradable car.
  19. inertia
    (physics) the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
    In my brain I made “shoe” and “inertia” and “invincible.”