Refugee vocabulary

1st word: indignation (noun) – p. 17
anger provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment
“the letter filled Lucy with indignation”

“Mahmoud watched as these two boys attacked the boy with the bread, a boy he didn’t even know. He felt the stirrings of indignation, of anger, of sympathy. His breath came quick and deep, and his hands clenched into fists. ”

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2nd word: ethereal – p. 30
“The afternoon Adhan from a nearby mosque echoed through the bombed-out streets of Aleppo, the melodious, ethereal voice of the mu’adhdhin praising Allah and calling everyone to prayer.”

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3rd word: catatonic – p. 31
“She hadn’t gone nearly catatonic like Waleed, but at some point it had gotten bad enough that she just stopped talking about it.”

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4th word: gaunt – p. 36
“Aaron Landau’s eyes bulged from his gaunt face as he turned to look at his children. Josef’s breath caught in his throat and Ruthie cried out and buried her face in Josef’s stomach as their papa pulled the two of them into a hug.”

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5th word: inconsolable – p. 133
“His father was inconsolable. The things he said he saw — Josef couldn’t even imagine.”


6th word: berating – p. 148
“The passengers on the St. Louis had grown more and more restless, cornering sailors on deck and berating their stewards at dinner.”

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7th word: pandemonium – p. 158
“He picked her pink headscarf out of the swirling pandemonium, and saw that she was fighting to lift something up out of the water.”

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8th word: respite – p. 160
“He wished for a respite from swimming, just a moment to sit without working his arms and legs.”

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(to ) chastise – p. 190
“Everyone fell quiet and looked appropriately chastised.”

(to) recoil – p. 9 and 181

ominous – p. 108

oppressive – p. 148