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As I Lay Dying
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abject
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that pride, that furious desire to hide that abject nakedness which we bring here with us, carry with us into operating rooms, carry stubbornly and furiously with us into the earth again.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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cease
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Some time toward dawn the rain ceases.
ceases = stops
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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circumscribe
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Above the ceaseless surface they stand—trees, cane, vines—rootless, severed from the earth, spectral above a scene of immense yet circumscribed desolation...
circumscribed = to restrict something within set limits
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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component
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It is as though the dark were resolving him out of his integrity, into an unrelated scattering of components—snuffings and stampings; smells of cooling flesh and ammoniac hair; an illusion of a co-ordinated whole of splotched hide and strong bones within which, detached and secret and familiar, an is different from my is.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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despair
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his face suffused with fury and despair.
despair = hopelessness or extreme worry or sadness
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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emerge
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...all that night I wrestled with Satan, and I emerged victorious.
emerged = came out
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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expiate
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And she said, "My daily life is an acknowledgment and expiation of my sin"
expiation = atonement (a way of demonstrating sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good in return for the wrong, or by accepting punishment)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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grave
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Cash's face is also gravely composed; he and I look at one another with long probing looks,
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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impervious
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He takes up the saw again; again it moves up and down, in and out of that unhurried imperviousness as a piston moves in the oil;
imperviousness = unaffected
DefinitionGenerally impervious means:
not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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integrity
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1  —1 use as in:
system integrity
It is as though the dark were resolving him out of his integrity, into an unrelated scattering of components
integrity = an undivided completeness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
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latent
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...there lingered somehow, latent yet still immediate, that violence which...
latent = not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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lax
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We stop at the steps, clumped, holding our hats between our lax hands...
lax = relaxed
DefinitionGenerally lax means:
relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
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rein
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...holding the horse reined back.
reined = restrained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control as in "rein a horse"; or a means of control — such as the reins of a horse or of government

(The reins of a horse are the pair of straps attached to a bit in a horse's mouth and used to control it.)
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sacrilege
2 uses
It would be sacrilege to try to.
sacrilege = disrespectful of something others consider sacred
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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soporific
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We go on, with a motion so soporific, so dreamlike as to be uninferant of progress, as though time and not space were decreasing between us and it.
soporific = tending to make one sleepy
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sullen
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sullenly willing to be disappointed all at the same time.
sullenly = with a gloomy (or 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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tedious
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with the tedious and minute care of a jeweler.
tedious = boring (detail work)
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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tremulous
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Her voice is strong, young, tremulous and clear, rapt with its own timbre and volume, the fan still moving steadily up and down, whispering the useless air.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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vindicate
1 use
...he looks up at the sky with that expression of dumb and brooding outrage and yet of vindication, as though he had expected no less;
vindication = having been proved right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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volition
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For an instant it resists, as though volitional,
volitional = on purpose (of its own will)
DefinitionGenerally volition means:
will (done consciously and voluntarily without being forced or threatened)
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