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1

ambiguity

Uncertainty; vagueness

Martha, Lt. Jimmy Cross's girlfriend, wrote with ambiguity in her letters to Cross, allowing him to believe that there was love between the two of them.

2

candid

Frank; honest

The Nazis were not candid through the "Work will set you free" signs, since the Jews were "set free" by way of death.

3

deprecate

Criticize; denounce

Any Jew who openly deprecated the Nazis would be seriously punished, usually by death.

4

exegesis

Scholarly explanation or interpretation

Adolf Hitler had no legitimate exegesis for his starting of the Holocaust and his own hatred of Jews.

5

immutable

Unchanging; permanent

Many Jews in camps began to believe their hardships and overall torture would be immutable.

6

longevity

Long life

Most of the Jewish people in the concentration camps did not experience longevity, for they were killed through different processes.

7

opulent

Wealthy; rich; magnificent

If the Jews were indeed opulent, it would have no benefit to them in camps, since all of their belongings would be taken by the Germans.

8

precept

Guiding principle

Elie Wiesel, like all of the other Jews, was guided by the precept in Jewish life that there is an omnipotent, omniscient God.

9

salacious

Lecherous; erotic

During his own training, Jimmy had different salacious thoughts of Martha.

10

trite

Unoriginal; dull

Jimmy Cross believed that his life without Martha would be exceedingly trite.

11

ambiguous

Unclear in meaning; can be interpreted in different ways

"Work will set you free" was an ambiguous message placed by the Nazis above the concentration camps, deceiving some Jews.

12

candor

Frankness; openness

Bob Ewell spoke with racist candor when criticizing Tom Robinson in front of the people in Maycomb court.

13

deride

Ridicule; make fun of; mock

The Nazi regime derided the Jewish people and their faith, viewing them as inferior.

14

exemplary

Outstandingly good; setting a fine example

Atticus Finch was an exemplary person for attempting to bring about racial equality in the courts of law.

15

impartial

Unbiased; neutral

The United States was not impartial during World War II, since it fought against Germany, liberating many camps.

16

loquacious

Talkative

Scout was a loquacious little girl, talking to all kinds of people in her town in Alabama.

17

ordain

1. Destine 2. Confer holy orders on a priest

The Jews believed that they were ordained to undergo the Holocaust, thinking that God decided to punish the Jews.

18

precinct

District of a city

Holden explored the Manhattan precinct within New York City on his adventure, seeing different sights in the city.

19

sallow

Yellowish

In the camps, the unsanitary conditions caused fingernails and skin to turn sallow and dirty.

20

trivial

Unimportant

The Germans stripped the Jews of any trivial and any prominent belongings before bringing them into the camps.