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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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abolish
12 uses
That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government...
abolish = eliminate (do away with)
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abstruse
1 use
...the argument as to what they were supposedly arguing about grew extraordinarily involved and abstruse,
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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1st useChapter 23
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adulation
1 use
Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph.
adulation = much admiration and praise
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Big Brother
79 uses
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.
Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so

(That is the common meaning of the expression today. The expression was popularized by this novel where it references the government in the novel.)
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credulous
2 uses
Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose...
credulous = more willing to believe than is logical
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 11
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debauchery
2 uses
Mere debauchery did not matter very much, so long as it was furtive and joyless and only involved the women of a submerged and despised class.
debauchery = behavior involving excessive drinking and/or casual sex
DefinitionGenerally debauchery means:
excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying — possibly for an evening, but often implying a wasteful, decadent life
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didactic
1 use
'It was a common punishment in Imperial China,' said O'Brien as didactically as ever.
didactically = describing someone excessively inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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digress
2 uses
"All this is a digression," he added in a different tone.
digression = off the main topic (wandering from a direct course)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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dispose
6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the waste
In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston's arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper.
disposal = throwing away
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to throw away
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?  —5 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
doctrine
12 uses
Except where it touched upon her own life she had no interest in Party doctrine.
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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1st useChapter 1
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external
9 uses
Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy.
external = outside (in this case, a real world that exists regardless of how the mind sees it)
DefinitionGenerally external means:
outside

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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1st useChapter 3
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fallacy
3 uses
Had it not been exposed long ago as a fallacy?
fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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frontier
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
the frontier of Tibet
The frontiers between the three super-states are in some places arbitrary, and in others they fluctuate according to the fortunes of war, but in general they follow geographical lines.
frontiers = international boundaries
DefinitionGenerally this sense of frontier means:
an international boundary or a wilderness at the edge of a settled area
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1st useChapter 17
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hedonist
1 use
It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined.
hedonistic = placing pleasure as the highest good
DefinitionGenerally hedonist means:
someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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hierarchy
8 uses
But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction — indeed, in some sense was the destruction — of a hierarchical society.
hierarchical = having a structure that ranks people by importance
DefinitionGenerally hierarchy means:
a ranking — typically by importance; or something with such a ranking — such as an organization of people
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1st useChapter 17
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passage
5 uses
Take for example the well-known passage from the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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1st useChapter 7
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prosaic
1 use
'We're not dead yet,' said Julia prosaically.
prosaically = in a matter-of-fact manner (a bland manner — as though unconcerned)
DefinitionGenerally prosaic means:
lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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relevant
4 uses
But the really relevant date was seven or eight years earlier.
relevant = important to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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repudiate
1 use
to repudiate morality while laying claim to it,
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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servile
1 use
'Are you guilty?' said Winston.
"Of course I'm guilty!" cried Parsons with a servile glance at the telescreen. "You don't think the Party would arrest an innocent man, do you? ... Thoughtcrime is a dreadful thing,"
servile = so excessively submissive and eager to please that he seems to have no self-respect
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 18
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