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As I Lay Dying
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approbation
1 use
For a while still she looks down at him from the composite picture, neither with censure nor approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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begrudge
11 uses
I know that I deserve my punishment. I do not begrudge it.
begrudge = resent
DefinitionGenerally begrudge means:
to resent (feel bitterness—usually over unfairness); or to give unwillingly
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 58
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bevel
6 uses
Vernon holds the board steady while Cash, bevels the edge of it with the tedious and minute care of a jeweler.
bevels = joins at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bevel means:
two surfaces meeting at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)

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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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circumspect
1 use
I would think of sin as I would think of the clothes we both wore in the world's face, of the circumspection necessary because he was he and I was I; the sin the more utter and terrible since he was the instrument ordained by God who created the sin, to sanctify that sin He had created.
circumspection = thoughtfulness of all circumstances and consequences
DefinitionGenerally circumspect means:
thoughtful of all circumstances and consequences
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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deceit
5 uses
...maybe because she felt the same way about tears she did about deceit, hating herself for doing it,
deceit = misleading others
DefinitionGenerally deceit means:
the act of deceiving (lying to or misleading someone)
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
there just aint nothing justifies the deliberate destruction of what a man has built with his own sweat
deliberate = intentional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Book1 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53
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detach
3 uses
When we speak our voices are quiet, detached.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from ourselves)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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engender
3 uses
...sparks rain on it in scattering bursts as though they engendered other sparks from the contact.
engendered = gave rise to
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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flout
8 uses
flouting the will of God
flouting = openly disregarding
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Book8 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gaunt
5 uses
He too has lost flesh; like ours, his face has an expression strained, dreamy and gaunt.
gaunt = thin and bony
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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irrevocable
3 uses
her soul faced the awful and irrevocable judgment
irrevocable = final (incapable of being undone)
DefinitionGenerally irrevocable means:
incapable of being undone
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
About all the sorrow and afflictions in this world; how it's liable to strike anywhere, like lightning.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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monotonous
2 uses
It was as though, so long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived,
monotonous = dull (lacking variety)
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
It is our mortal lot to suffer and...
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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muse
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
her musings
...from behind his slack-faced astonishment he muses as though from beyond time, upon the ultimate outrage.
muses = thinks (reflects deeply)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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oblige
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I'm obliged to you.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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omnipotent
1 use
Praise to Thee in Thy bounteous and omnipotent love; O praise.
omnipotent = all powerful
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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poise
4 uses
He sits lightly, poised, upright, wooden-faced in the saddle, the broken hat raked at a swaggering angle.
poised = in control and prepared to move as needed
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
in control or prepared

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
the profound desolation of the ocean
profound = of great intensity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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rapt
4 uses
watching Vernon with rapt absorption.
rapt = deeply interested and focused upon
DefinitionGenerally rapt means:
deeply interested and focused upon — often while admiring
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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