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To Kill a Mockingbird
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assuage
1 use
When it healed, and Jem's fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.
assuaged = soothed (made less unpleasant or frightening)
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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1st useChapter 1, p.3.14
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
Atticus did not drive a dump-truck for the county, he was not the sheriff, he did not farm, work in a garage, or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone. Besides that, he wore glasses. ...  With these attributes, however, he would not remain as inconspicuous as we wished him to: that year, the school buzzed with talk about him defending Tom Robinson, none of which was complimentary.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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1st useChapter 10, p.118.97
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auspicious
1 use
The remainder of my schooldays were no more auspicious than the first.
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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1st useChapter 4, p.43.4
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context
1 use
Thomas Jefferson once said that all men are created equal, ....There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use this phrase out of context, to satisfy all conditions.
out of context = in a misleading manner because it is presented without the setting or situation in which it occurred
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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1st useChapter 20, p.274.11
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domestic   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the domestic market
Business was excellent when Governor William Wyatt Bibb, with a view to promoting the newly created county's domestic tranquility, dispatched a team of surveyors to locate its exact center and there establish its seat of government.
domestic = relating to a local geographic area
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home country

or (much more rarely,): relating to a geographic area that is smaller than a country
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1st useChapter 13, p.173.90
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2  —2 uses as in:
domestic happiness
An oppressive odor met us when we crossed the threshold, an odor I had met many times in rain-rotted gray houses where there are coal-oil lamps, water dippers, and unbleached domestic sheets.
domestic = relating to a home or family
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1st useChapter 11, p.141.44
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expound
1 use
Atticus was expounding upon farm problems when Walter interrupted to ask if there was any molasses in the house.
expounding = discussing or explaining details
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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1st useChapter 3, p.32.22
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
One Sunday night, lost in fruity metaphors and florid diction, Judge Taylor's attention was wrenched from the page by an irritating scratching noise.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)

(editor's note:  Historically, florid is associated with flowers and a synonyms could include flowery in the sense of being showy or very decorative. Those who appreciate word choice, might enjoy thinking of this sentence as referencing "fruity metaphors and flowery diction.")
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1st useChapter 27, p.333.17
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irascible
1 use
...the irascible qua-ack of a bluejay,
irascible = easily angered
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1st useChapter 28, p.342.14
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irrelevant
3 uses
Can't see what witness's literacy has to do with the case, irrelevant'n'immaterial.
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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1st useChapter 17, p.236.47
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legislature
6 uses
Atticus met her when he was first elected to the state legislature.
legislature = a group of elected representatives who create laws
DefinitionGenerally legislature means:
a group made up of government representatives (usually elected) that has the power to create laws
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1st useChapter 1, p.7.34
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mollify
1 use
Mollified, Mayella gave Atticus a final terrified glance and said to Mr. Gilmer, "Well sir, I was on the porch and..."
mollified = calmed (from anger or distress)
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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1st useChapter 18, p.241.0
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morbid
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a morbid curiosity
Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people's chickens and household pets were found mutilated;
morbid = suggesting the horror of death and decay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of morbid means:
suggesting the horror of death and decay; or an unhealthy interest in it
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1st useChapter 1, p.10.88
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persecution
7 uses
Over here we don't believe in persecuting anybody.
persecuting = treating someone badly in an unfair and ongoing manner — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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1st useChapter 26, p.327.88
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predilection
1 use
The Radleys, welcome anywhere in town, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb.
predilection = preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
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1st useChapter 1, p.11.35
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spurious
1 use
The rural children who could, usually brought clippings from what they called The Grit Paper, a publication spurious in the eyes of Miss Gates, our teacher.
spurious = full of things that are not true
DefinitionGenerally spurious means:
false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
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1st useChapter 26, p.327.32
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sustain
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
sustained by her faith
The place was self-sufficient: modest in comparison with the empires around it, the Landing nevertheless produced everything required to sustain life except ice, wheat flour, and articles of clothing, supplied by river-boats from Mobile.
sustain = provide necessities of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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1st useChapter 1, p.4.82
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vapid
1 use
But by the end of August our repertoire was vapid from countless reproductions, and it was then that Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out.
vapid = lacking flavor, liveliness, or interest
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1st useChapter 1, p.10.11
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wallow   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
wallow happily in the mud
People caught hookworms going barefooted in barnyards and hog wallows.
wallows = mud puddles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
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1st useChapter 2, p.25.47
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2  —2 uses as in:
wallow in self-pity
But they don't have to go to the courthouse and wallow in it-
wallow = get overly involved (in a situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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1st useChapter 2, p.23.27
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