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Of Mice and Men
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aloof
1 use
This room was swept and fairly neat, for Crooks was a proud, aloof man.
aloof = thinking of himself as superior
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others

or:

obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one's dignity or distasteful
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anguish
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He looked across the fire at Lennie's anguished face, and then he looked ashamedly at the flames.
anguished = extremely distressed
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme distress of body or mind
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console
1 use
She consoled him.
consoled = comforted (emotionally)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of console means:
to comfort (emotionally)
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1st useChapter 5
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
"Awright," she said contemptuously.
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 4
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cower
1 use
He crouched cowering against the wall.
cowering = showing fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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1st useChapter 3
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deride
1 use
Through the open door came the thuds and occasional clangs of a horseshoe game, and now and then the sound of voices raised in approval or derision.
derision = treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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1st useChapter 3
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derogatory
1 use
He had drawn a derogatory statement from George.
derogatory = expressing disrespect or criticism
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fawn
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Lennie gulped and his smile grew more fawning.
fawning = showing excessive flattery or affection
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1st useChapter 4
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imperious
1 use
George's hand remained outstretched imperiously.
imperiously = arrogantly — as though he was king ordering subjects
DefinitionGenerally imperious means:
expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
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mollify
1 use
"Damn right he don't," said George, slightly mollified, "not if he wants to stay workin' long."
mollified = calmed (from anger or distress)
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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monotonous
1 use
His voice was monotonous, had no emphasis.
monotonous = lacking in variety of tone and rhythm
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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1st useChapter 6
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ominous
1 use
He said ominously, "Well, he better watch out for Lennie."
ominously = threatening bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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1st useChapter 2
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pantomime
1 use
But Lennie made an elaborate pantomime of innocence.
pantomime = performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
DefinitionGenerally pantomime means:
a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke.
profound = intense
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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1st useChapter 2
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pugnacious
1 use
His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious.
pugnacious = combative in tone (as though ready to fight)
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rapt
1 use
"An' we'd keep a few pigeons to go flyin' around the win'mill like they done when I was a kid." He looked raptly at the wall over Lennie's head. "An' it'd be our own, an' nobody could can us."
raptly = with deep interest (in this case, interest in what's being said)
DefinitionGenerally rapt means:
deeply interested and focused upon — often while admiring
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1st useChapter 3
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recumbent
1 use
...and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool.
recumbent = lying down
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reprehensible
1 use
When Candy spoke they both jumped as though they had been caught doing something reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
said resignedly
resignedly = in a way that indicated he had accepted something unpleasant as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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revere
1 use
This thing they had never really believed in was coming true. George said reverently, "Jesus Christ! I bet we could swing her." His eyes were full of wonder.
reverently = with feelings of deep admiration and wonder
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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