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abysmal
1 use
Living, as they did, in what appeared to me impenetrable darkness, their eyes were abnormally large and sensitive, just as are the pupils of the abysmal fishes, and they reflected the light in the same way.†
abysmal = very bad
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ameliorate
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The work of ameliorating the conditions of life—the true civilizing process that makes life more and more secure—had gone steadily on to a climax.
ameliorating = to improve
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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amorous
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As I hesitated, two of the beautiful Upper-world people came running in their amorous sport across the daylight in the shadow.†
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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anecdote
2 uses
The Journalist tried to relieve the tension by telling anecdotes of Hettie Potter.†
anecdotes = short, true stories
DefinitionGenerally anecdote means:
a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
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apparent
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Mrs. Watchett came in and walked, apparently without seeing me, towards the garden door.
apparently = clearly; or seemingly (appearing clear—though not necessarily so)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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attain
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The ideal of preventive medicine was attained.†
attained = gained or reached something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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consequence
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Presently I noted that the sun belt swayed up and down, from solstice to solstice, in a minute or less, and that consequently my pace was over a year a minute; and minute by minute the white snow flashed across the world, and vanished, and was followed by the bright, brief green of spring.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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expound
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The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells [1898] I The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.†
expounding = explaining or discussing in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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forthwith
2 uses
I told myself that I could never stop, and with a gust of petulance I resolved to stop forthwith.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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immaterial
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Our mental existences, which are immaterial and have no dimensions, are passing along the Time-Dimension with a uniform velocity from the cradle to the grave.†
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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incessant
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the others were running, in an incessant stream, as it seemed, from behind me, and away through the wood in front.
incessant = continuous/annoying
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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inevitable
6 uses
Now the risk was inevitable, I no longer saw it in the same cheerful light.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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introspection
1 use
'I think so,' murmured the Provincial Mayor; and, knitting his brows, he lapsed into an introspective state, his lips moving as one who repeats mystic words.†
introspective = thoughtful about one's own thoughts and feelings
DefinitionGenerally introspection means:
the contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
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lucid
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you never felt that you saw all round him; you always suspected some subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind his lucid frankness.
lucid = of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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petulant
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I told myself that I could never stop, and with a gust of petulance I resolved to stop forthwith.
petulance = unreasonable annoyance or upset

or:

tendency to be unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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scintillating
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And amid all these scintillating points of light one bright planet shone kindly and steadily like the face of an old friend.†
scintillating = impressively clever or stimulating; or showing brilliant light in a flickering manner
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shirk
2 uses
And on both these days I had the restless feeling of one who shirks an inevitable duty.†
shirks = avoids
DefinitionGenerally shirk means:
to avoid something — such as a duty or responsibility
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subjugate
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The whole world will be intelligent, educated, and co-operating; things will move faster and faster towards the subjugation of Nature.†
subjugation = forced submission to another's dominance
DefinitionGenerally subjugate means:
to force into submission
in various senses, including:
  • when a people are defeated in battle and oppressed — as in "The Romans subjugated most of Europe."
  • when something is treated as less important than something else — as in "subjugate the desires of the individual to the desires of the state," or "subjugate instinct to reason"
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theorize
1 use
I was very tired and sleepy, and soon my theorizing passed into dozing.†
theorizing = to form a theory (a belief about how something works or came about — often without having absolute proof)
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wane
5 uses
The moon was on the wane: each night there was a longer interval of darkness.†
wane = a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
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