"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust.

Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944

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  1. quicksilver
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
    Who would have guessed three months ago that quicksilver Anne would have to sit so quietly for hours on end, and what’s more, that she could?
  2. shorthand
    a method of writing rapidly
    We have a nice treat in store: Bep’s ordered a correspondence course in shorthand for Margot, Peter and me.
  3. carp
    raise trivial objections
    Another reason I welcome the change is that Mama’s always carping at me, especially at the table.
  4. brunt
    the main part, especially of a force or shock
    Now Margot will have to bear the brunt of it.
  5. paragon
    a perfect embodiment of a concept
    Or rather, won’t, since Mother doesn’t make such sarcastic remarks to her. Not to that paragon of virtue!
  6. hodgepodge
    a motley assortment of things
    To end this hodgepodge of news, a particularly amusing joke told by Mr. van Daan:
    What goes click ninety-nine times and clack once?
    A centipede with a clubfoot.
  7. variegated
    having a variety of colors
    3 skeins of blue yarn (sweater, skirt) = 1.50
    3 skeins of variegated yarn (cap, scarf) = 1.50
  8. heartrending
    causing or marked by grief or anguish
    Miep’s accounts of these horrors are so heartrending, and Miep is also very distraught.
  9. subdued
    quieted and brought under control
    Bep is also very subdued. Her boyfriend is being sent to Germany.
  10. exasperating
    extremely annoying or displeasing
    Margot’s being exasperating again.
  11. indelicate
    verging on the indecent
    My descriptions are so indelicate.
  12. refined
    cultivated and genteel
    He’s known to be quiet and refined, and he seemed, from our superficial acquaintance with him, to be nice.
  13. superficial
    of little substance or significance
    He’s known to be quiet and refined, and he seemed, from our superficial acquaintance with him, to be nice.
  14. pretext
    a fictitious reason that conceals the real reason
    On the pretext that the private office was needed for something else, Miep took Mr. Dussel upstairs, opened the bookcase and stepped inside, while Mr. Dussel looked on in amazement.
  15. dumbstruck
    so surprised or shocked as to be unable to speak
    Mr. Dussel sank into a chair and stared at us in dumbstruck silence, as though he thought he could read the truth on our faces.
  16. bounty
    payment or reward for acts such as catching criminals
    It’s impossible to escape their clutches unless you go into hiding. They often go around with lists, knocking only on those doors where they know there’s a big haul to be made. They frequently offer a bounty, so much per head.
  17. pastime
    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts
    Yesterday I discovered a new pastime: using a good pair of binoculars to peek into the lighted rooms of the neighbors.
  18. menorah
    a seven- or nine-branched candelabrum used in Jewish worship
    Mr. van Daan made a menorah out of wood, so that was taken care of too.
  19. clad
    wearing or provided with clothing
    Mr. van Daan, clad in his wife’s apron and looking fatter than ever, was working away at the meat.
  20. rheumatism
    any painful disorder of the joints or muscles
    His rheumatism must have been bothering him because he was slightly hunched over and was keeping an eye on Mr. van Daan with an agonized expression on his face.
  21. derision
    contemptuous laughter
    I couldn’t bear their sympathy or their good-humored derision.
  22. insolent
    marked by casual disrespect
    Everyone thinks I’m showing off when I talk, ridiculous when I’m silent, insolent when I answer, cunning when I have a good idea, lazy when I’m tired, selfish when I eat one bite more than I should, stupid, cowardly, calculating, etc., etc.
  23. contempt
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    Perhaps sometime I’ll treat the others with the same contempt as they treat me.
  24. spunk
    the courage or spirit to carry on
    I want to have more spunk!
  25. fatalistic
    accepting that everything that happens is inevitable
    Mrs. van D. claims she’s fatalistic. But who’s the most afraid when the guns go off? None other than Petronella van Daan.
  26. coquette
    talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
    I’ve learned two new words: “brothel” and “ coquette.”
  27. veritable
    being truly so called; real or genuine
    A veritable thunderstorm of words came crashing down on me again this morning.
  28. resolute
    firm in purpose or belief
    Her resolute answer to his grumbling was, “After all, Anne is not an ex-soldier!”
  29. slew
    a large number or amount or extent
    Peter went to the attic with a flashlight and—scurry, scurry—-what do you think he saw running away? A whole slew of enormous rats!
  30. invariably
    without change, in every case
    Their paths crossed from time to time, which invariably resulted in a fight.
  31. aboveboard
    without concealment or deception; honest
    Gies & Co. still had some unaccounted-for thousand-guilder bills, which they used to pay their estimated taxes for the coming years, so everything seems to be aboveboard.
  32. lax
    without rigor or strictness
    Dussel is terribly lax when it comes to obeying the rules of the house.
  33. churning
    (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence
    We agreed not to run any water or flush the toilet; but since everyone’s stomach was churning from all the tension, you can imagine the stench after we’d each had a turn in the bathroom.
  34. tincture
    a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution
    He gargles with camomile tea, coats the roof of his mouth with a tincture of myrrh and rubs Mentholatum over, his chest, nose, gums and tongue.
  35. bigwig
    the most important person in a group or undertaking
    Rauter, some German bigwig, recently gave a speech.
  36. bout
    a period of illness
    First, Mr. Kleiman, our merry sunshine, had another bout of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging yesterday and will have to stay in bed for at least three weeks.
  37. hemorrhage
    lose blood from one's body
    First, Mr. Kleiman, our merry sunshine, had another bout of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging yesterday and will have to stay in bed for at least three weeks.
  38. tactless
    lacking what is considerate in dealing with others
    She’s the one whose tactless comments and cruel jokes about matters I don’t think are funny have made me insensitive to any sign of love on her part.
  39. aloof
    remote in manner
    For my part, I will continue to remain silent and aloof, and I don’t intend to shrink from the truth, because the longer it’s postponed, the harder it will be for them to accept it when they do hear it!
  40. ersatz
    an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
    Breakfast consists of plain, unbuttered bread and ersatz coffee.

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