"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, May 1, 1943–December 29, 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. revered
    profoundly honored
    Mr. van Daan. In the opinion of us all, this revered gentleman has great insight into politics.
  2. plight
    a situation from which extrication is difficult
    Faultfinding comes easy when this is our plight,
    But it’s hard for your parents, try as they might,
    To treat you with fairness, and kindness as well;
    Nitpicking’s a habit that’s hard to dispel.
  3. clandestine
    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
    What’s a clandestine radio when there are already clandestine Jews and clandestine money?
  4. hypocrisy
    an expression of agreement not supported by real conviction
    But I can see that a little hypocrisy gets me a lot further than my old method of saying exactly what I think (even though no one ever asks my opinion or cares one way or another).
  5. impertinent
    improperly forward or bold
    Of course, I often forget my role and find it impossible to curb my anger when they’re unfair, so that they spend the next month saying I’m the most impertinent girl in the world.
  6. incensed
    angered at something unjust or wrong
    I was incensed and wasn’t about to let myself be put off like that.
  7. gist
    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    The gist of his reply was: “I have to study too, you know, and if I can’t do that in the afternoons, I won’t be able to fit it in at all. I have to finish the task I’ve set for myself; otherwise, there’s no point in starting. Besides, you aren’t serious about your studies. Mythology—what kind of work is that? Reading and knitting don’t count either. I use that table and I’m not going to give it up!”
  8. deluge
    an overwhelming number or amount
    He went on and on until there was such a deluge of words I could hardly keep up.
  9. fleeting
    lasting for a markedly brief time
    For one fleeting moment I thought, “Him and his lies. I'll smack his ugly mug so hard he'll go bouncing off the wall!"
  10. pedantic
    marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning
    Anyone who’s so petty and pedantic at the age of fifty-four was born that way and is never going to change.
  11. indignant
    angered at something unjust or wrong
    For a while we were indignant because no one from the office came upstairs the entire morning; Mr. Kleiman left us on tenterhooks until eleven-thirty.
  12. wangle
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
    They stole two cashboxes containing 40 guilders, blank checkbooks and, worst of all, coupons for 330 pounds of sugar, our entire allotment. It won’t be easy to wangle new ones.
  13. forlorn
    marked by or showing hopelessness
    We’ve been told of children searching forlornly in the smoldering ruins for their dead parents.
  14. tumultuous
    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
    Yesterday was a very tumultuous day, and we’re still all wound up.
  15. harangue
    a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
    Mrs. van D. and Dussel continued their harangue: “You know way too much about things you’re not supposed to. You’ve been brought up all wrong..."
  16. perpetually
    without interruption
    She’s known to be exceedingly pushy, egotistical, cunning, calculating and perpetually dissatisfied.
  17. cranny
    a small opening or crevice
    Mr. Kleiman sprinkled yellow powder in every nook and cranny, but the fleas haven’t taken the slightest notice.
  18. spat
    a quarrel about petty points
    For the next fifteen minutes, at least, the house is filled with the creaking of beds and the sigh of broken springs, and then, provided our upstairs neighbors aren’t having a marital spat in bed, all is quiet.
  19. profusely
    in an abundant manner
    Then, the lips are moistened profusely.
  20. salve
    a preparation applied externally as a soothing remedy
    What with the salve, the gauze and the tape, I can’t get my heavenly new shoe on my foot.
  21. tentatively
    in a hesitant manner
    “I think my way is easier, Mr. Dussel,” I say tentatively.
  22. stifle
    smother or suppress
    Mother can barely stifle a laugh, and I stare straight ahead.
  23. propriety
    correct behavior
    Dussel comes in, goes toward the window with an air of propriety, sniffs...coughs, sneezes and clears his throat.
  24. clamber
    climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    The door opens upstairs at eight-twenty, and this is followed by three gentle taps on the floor...Anne’s hot cereal. I clamber up the stairs to get my doggie dish.
  25. leper
    a pariah who is avoided by others
    Dussel complained to Mother that he was being treated like a leper, that no one was friendly to him and that, after all, he hadn’t done anything to deserve it.
  26. ply
    keep offering or supplying something desirable to someone
    I must admit they’re doing their best to keep me in condition: they’re plying me with dextrose, cod-liver oil, brewer’s yeast and calcium.
  27. leaden
    made heavy or weighted down with weariness
    My nerves often get the better of me, especially on Sundays; that’s when I really feel miserable. The atmosphere is stifling, sluggish, leaden.
  28. oppressive
    weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
    Outside, you don’t hear a single bird, and a deathly, oppressive silence hangs over the house and clings to me as if it were going to drag me into the deepest regions of the underworld.
  29. bode
    indicate by signs
    Mother’s nerves are very much on edge, and that doesn’t bode well for me.
  30. huffy
    quick to take offense
    I was neither huffy nor cross, but merely sad.
  31. perturbed
    thrown into a state of agitated confusion
    “Are you planning to give Anne a Bible for Hanukkah?” Margot asked, somewhat perturbed.
  32. tempestuous
    characterized by violent emotions or behavior
    At the moment, the tempestuous quarrels have subsided; only Dussel and the van Daans are still at loggerheads.
  33. conversely
    with the terms of the relation reversed
    When Dussel is talking about Mrs. van D., he invariably calls her “that old bat” or “that stupid hag,” and conversely, Mrs. van D. refers to our ever so learned gentleman as an “old maid” or a “touchy neurotic spinster,” etc.
  34. spinster
    an elderly unmarried woman
    When Dussel is talking about Mrs. van D., he invariably calls her “that old bat” or “that stupid hag,” and conversely, Mrs. van D. refers to our ever so learned gentleman as an “old maid” or a “touchy neurotic spinster,” etc.
  35. implore
    call upon in supplication
    In the meantime, we’ve been cut off by the dark mass of clouds, so that we can go neither up nor down. It looms before us like an impenetrable wall, trying to crush us, but not yet able to. I can only cry out and implore, “Oh, ring, ring, open wide and let us out!”
  36. celluloid
    flammable substance used in motion-picture and X-ray film
    But that evening, when my fountain pen still hadn’t turned up, we all assumed it had been burned, especially because celluloid is highly inflammable.
  37. conjecture
    believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
    “It must have melted into stone,” Father conjectured.
  38. gruel
    a thin porridge
    Mr. Kleiman is still in bed and has eaten nothing but gruel for three weeks.
  39. garbled
    lacking orderly continuity
    He’s amused us more than once by trying to pass on the news he’s just heard, since the message invariably gets garbled in transmission.
  40. reproach
    express criticism towards
    Furthermore, he answers every reproach or accusation with a load of fine promises, which he never manages to keep.
  41. beseech
    ask for or request earnestly
    It was mean of me to treat her that way, and now she was looking at me, oh so helplessly, with her pale face and beseeching eyes.
  42. foist
    force onto another
    Does Hanneli really and truly believe in God, or has religion merely been foisted upon her?
  43. deliberation
    careful consideration
    After long deliberation, I finally came up with an idea, something funny. I consulted Pim, and a week ago we set to work writing a verse for each person.
  44. impasse
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    The war is at an impasse, spirits are low.
  45. inkling
    a slight suggestion or vague understanding
    I think Pim told me because he, who knows the “intimate secrets” of so many others, needed to express his own feelings for once; Pim never talks about himself, and I don’t think Margot has any inkling of what he’s been through.

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