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Of Mice and Men
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appraise
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
appraise the situation
She appraised him coolly.
appraised = considered in a thoughtful way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appraise means:
evaluate (consider in a comprehensive way)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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apprehension
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehension about finals
Lennie's face wrinkled with apprehension.
apprehension = worry
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehension means:
worry about what is to come
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4
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apprehensive
1 use
She was suddenly apprehensive.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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belligerent
1 use
Now Lennie retorted belligerently, "He ain't neither."
belligerently = in a hostile manner
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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bemused
1 use
They all sat still, all bemused by the beauty of the thing, each mind was popped into the future when this lovely thing should come about.
bemused = deep in thought
DefinitionGenerally bemused means:
perplexed or bewildered
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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brusque
2 uses
"Awright," he said brusquely.
brusquely = abruptly
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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complacent
2 uses
Lennie, who had been following the conversation back and forth with his eyes, smiled complacently at the compliment.
complacently = with satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contort
2 uses
His face was contorted.
contorted = twisted into an unnatural shape
DefinitionGenerally contort means:
twist or bend to an unnatural shape — something such as the human body, a facial expression, or the truth
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
He used a deliberate, thoughtful slowness.
deliberate = careful and slow
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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direct
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
walked directly to work
Slim came directly to George and sat down beside him, sat very close to him.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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earnest
1 use
"No I ain't," Lennie explained earnestly.
earnestly = sincerely
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
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elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate wink
He took on the elaborate manner of little girls when they are mimicking one another.
elaborate = exaggerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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grave
1 use
There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love.
gravity = seriousness and importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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indignant
1 use
She was breathless with indignation.
indignation = anger at something that is unjust
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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morose
3 uses
He fell morosely silent.
morosely = unhappily
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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precede
1 use
Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him, and then the two of them went out the door.
precede = go before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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scorn
3 uses
She turned on him in scorn.
scorn = total disrespect
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 6
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skeptical
2 uses
"I ain't so sure," said George skeptically.
skeptically = with doubt
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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sullen
3 uses
her face lost its sullenness and grew interested.
sullenness = gloominess (appearance of a bad mood)
DefinitionGenerally sullen means:
showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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tone
4 uses
His tone was friendly.
tone = attitude
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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