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1 The Kite Runner The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2 unatoned “It wasn’t just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my past of unatoned sins” (1). unforgiven unable to make amends

3 unscrupulous unprincipled immoral “…Ali…married Sanaubar, a woman nineteen years younger, a beautiful but notoriously unscrupulous woman who lived up to her dishonorable reputation…” (8).

4 retaliate “Ali never retaliated against any of his tormentors…” (10). to get back at someone evil for evil, like for like

5 obstinate stubborn determined inflexible “Of course, Baba refused, and everyone shook their heads in dismay at his obstinate ways” (13).

6 melee brawl skirmish fight “…a highly skilled horseman…has to snatch a goat or cattle carcass from the midst of a melee…” (20).

7 nomads wanderers people with no permanent home Afghanistan“We chased the Kochi, the nomads who passed through Kabul on their way to the mountains of the north” (26).

8 imbecile stupid person fool “Let’s see. ‘Imbecile.’ It means smart, intelligent. I’ll use it in a sentence for you. ‘When it comes to words, Hassan is an imbecile’” (29).

9 nemesis opponent enemy “Rostam mortally wounds his valiant nemesis Sohrab, in battle, only to discover that Sohrab is his long- lost son” (29).

10 redemption salvation rebirth recovery “All I smelled was victory. Salvation. Redemption” (65).

11 demise death downfall “I imagine the animal sees that its imminent demise is for a higher purpose” (77).

12 insomniac person who has trouble falling or staying asleep “‘I watched [it happen]’ I said to no one… That was the night I became an insomniac” (86).

13 descend move down come down 4j9QE0xT1QQ/RhY2XbkzAPI/AAAAAAAAA34/KqAhfVh_UtE/s800/kabullanding Descent into Kabul “Karim opened the door that lead down the creaky steps to the basement. We descended in single file” (119).

14 alleviate make easier to relieve “And that was how Baba ended those humiliating … moments at the cash register and alleviated one of his greatest fears: that an Afghan would see him buying food with charity money” (131).

15 saunter stroll amble meander swag “I ran the stand sometimes as Baba sauntered down the aisle, hands respectfully pressed to his chest” (138).

16 pulmonary affecting the lungs At the pulmonary clinic, “The visit was going well until Baba asked him where he was from. Dr. Schneider said Russia. Baba lost it” (154-155).

17 palliative soothing without curing “‘There is chemotherapy,’ [he] said, ‘but it would only be palliative’” (156).

18 chastise to criticize to discipline “And in the end the question that always came back to me was this: How could I, of all people, chastise someone for their past?” (165).

19 maladies disorders and diseases of the body “Khala Jamila made no secret of how much she adored me. For one thing, I listened to her impressive list of maladies, something the general had long turned a deaf ear to” (177).

20 rubble broken bits and pieces Kabul “Our ears became accustomed to the rumble of gunfire, our eyes familiar with the sight of men digging bodies out of piles of rubble” (212).

21 massacre slaughter killing “A few weeks later, the Taliban banned kite fighting. And two years later, in 1998, they massacred the Hazaras in Mazar-i-Sharif” (213).

22 self-righteous smug arrogant “Baba had said to me a long time ago: ‘Piss on the beards of all those self-righteous monkeys. They do nothing but thumb their rosaries and recite a book written in a tongue they don’t even understand’” (270).

23 remorse regret sorrow guilt “And this is what I want you to understand, that good, real good, was born out of your father’s remorse… Feeding the poor…building the orphanage… it was all his way of redeeming himself” (302).

24 mosque Islamic place of worship Kabul “I remembered the way the mosque had jolted Sohrab from his stupor when we’d driven by it, how he’d leaned out of the window looking at it” (315).

25 panoramic wide, clear view Kabul “The Dman-e-Koh Viewpoint… gives a panoramic view of Islamabad, its rows of clean, tree-lined avenues and white houses” (320).

26 asylum refuge sanctuary “You could seek asylum on his behalf. That’s a lengthy process and you’d have to prove political persecution. You could request a humanitarian visa” (339).

27 The End

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