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As I Lay Dying
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component
1 use
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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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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Library11 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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Library10 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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1st useChapter 50
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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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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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1st useChapter 12
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latent
1 use
...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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1st useChapter 37
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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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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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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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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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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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1st useChapter 46
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poise
1 use
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:
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"

and/or:

balanced or prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button" or "the sword poised over her neck.")
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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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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Library9 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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remorse
1 use
Thou knowest the extent of my remorse and the will of my spirit.
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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reproach
2 uses
For a while yet she looks at him, without reproach, without anything at all,
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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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1st useChapter 36
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tedious
1 use
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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tranquil
2 uses
The rain rushes suddenly down... Yet the motion of the saw has not faltered, as though it and the arm functioned in a tranquil conviction that rain was an illusion of the mind.
tranquil = undisturbed
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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