a decorative pin
Aunt Helene brought me a puzzle, Aunt Stephanie a darling
brooch and Aunt Leny a terrific book: Daisy Goes to the Mountains.
your usual mood
Henny Mets is a nice girl with a cheerful
disposition, except that she talks in a loud voice and is really childish when we’re playing outdoors.
offensive to the mind
J.R.—I could write a whole book about her. J. is a
detestable, sneaky, stuck-up, two-faced gossip who thinks she’s so grown-up.
exacting especially about details
Ilse Wagner is a nice girl with a cheerful disposition, but she’s extremely
finicky and can spend hours moaning and groaning about something.
marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm
“Paper has more patience than people.” I thought of this saying on one of those days when I was feeling a little depressed and was sitting at home with my chin in my hands, bored and
listless, wondering whether to stay in or go out.
deeply or seriously thoughtful
I finally stayed where I was,
a large gathering of people
I have a
throng of admirers who can’t keep their adoring eyes off me and who sometimes have to resort to using a broken pocket mirror to try and catch a glimpse of me in the classroom.
organized persecution of an ethnic group, especially Jews
pogroms in 1938 my two uncles (my mother’s brothers) fled Germany, finding safe refuge in North America.
the act of surrendering, usually under agreed conditions
After May 1940 the good times were few and far between: first there was the war, then the
capitulation and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews.
dignified and somber in manner or character
The four of us are still doing well, and that brings me to the present date of June 20, 1942, and the
solemn dedication of my diary.
You’re probably a little surprised to hear me talking about admirers at such a tender age. Unfortunately, or not, as the case may be, this
vice seems to be rampant at our school.
occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
You’re probably a little surprised to hear me talking about admirers at such a tender age. Unfortunately, or not, as the case may be, this vice seems to be
rampant at our school.
marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
As soon as a boy asks if he can bicycle home with me and we get to talking, nine times out of ten I can be sure he’ll become
enamored on the spot and won’t let me out of his sight for a second.
intense feeling of love
ardor eventually cools, especially since I ignore his passionate glances and pedal blithely on my way.
in a joyous, carefree, or unconcerned manner
His ardor eventually cools, especially since I ignore his passionate glances and pedal
blithely on my way.
the power of creative imagination
The class roared. I had to laugh too, though I'd nearly exhausted my
ingenuity on the topic of chatterboxes.
a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
So I’m kind of a pep
tonic. You never know what you’re good for!
obvious to the eye or mind
The people on their way to work at that early hour gave us sympathetic looks; you could tell by their faces that they were sorry they couldn’t offer us some kind of transportation; the
conspicuous yellow star spoke for itself.
an addition that extends a main building
The door to the right of the landing leads to the “Secret
Annex” at the back of the house.
extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
In the future I'm going to devote less time to
sentimentality and more time to reality.
(informal) small and of little importance
The argument was based on something so
trivial it didn’t seem worth wasting a single word on it.
impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
Mrs. van Daan wanted to save a piece of bread for her darling son, but Mr. van D. was
adamant. “If he doesn’t apologize this minute, he’ll have to sleep in the loft.”
showing a brooding ill humor
After three days of
sullen looks and stubborn silence, everything was back to normal.
a gathering of persons representative of some larger group
The male members of the van Daan
contingent have built a very handy wood-stained food safe, with real screens.
uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
I’m continually being scolded for my
incessant chatter when I’m upstairs.
in a secretive manner
Listen to the scheme they’ve come up with to get a message to Mr. Broks, an Opekta Co. sales representative and friend who’s
surreptitiously hidden some of our things for us!
a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
This way Mr. Broks can read the letter without suspecting a
in a manner marked by extreme care or delicacy
The lamp was switched off, and he
gingerly poked his head out from under the covers.
a firm rebuke
More than once the air has been filled with the van Daans’
admonitions and my saucy replies.
improperly forward or bold
More than once the air has been filled with the van Daans’ admonitions and my
a noisy fight
Father and Mother always defend me fiercely. Without them I wouldn’t be able to jump back into the
fray with my usual composure.
tiresomely long; seemingly without end
Father then replied, “I think Anne is very well brought up. At least she’s learned not to respond to your
interminable sermons. As far as the vegetables are concerned, all I have to say is look who’s calling the kettle black.”
habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
Am I really as bad-mannered,
headstrong, stubborn, pushy, stupid, lazy, etc., etc., as the van Daans say I am?
be in an agitated emotional state
If you only knew, Kitty, how I
seethe when they scold and mock me.
lack of self-assurance
Somehow we landed on the subject of Pim's extreme
not arrogant or presuming
All of a sudden Mrs. van Daan, who feels the need to bring herself into every conversation, remarked, “I'm very modest and
retiring too, much more so than my husband!''
a speech of violent denunciation
I wasn’t doing it on purpose, but I’d followed her
tirade so intently that my reaction was completely involuntary.
with strained or eager attention
I wasn’t doing it on purpose, but I’d followed her tirade so
intently that my reaction was completely involuntary.
not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper
Not only were we not allowed to run water during the day, but the bathroom was also off-limits. I’ll tell you how we handled this problem; you may find it
unseemly of me to bring it up, but I’m not so prudish about matters of this kind.
light exercises designed to promote general fitness
After three days of constant sitting, my backside was stiff and sore. Nightly