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The Call of the Wild
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apparent
8 uses
His only apparent ambition, like Dave's, was to be left alone; though, as Buck was afterward to learn, each of them possessed one other and even more vital ambition.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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belligerent
1 use
But no matter how Spitz circled, Joe whirled around on his heels to face him ... —the incarnation of belligerent fear.
belligerent = ready to fight
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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callow
2 uses
It advertised his callowness—a callowness sheer and unutterable.
callowness = young and inexperienced
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cease
7 uses
Men gasped and began to breathe again, unaware that for a moment they had ceased to breathe.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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coherent
1 use
Men were shaking hands, it did not matter with whom, and bubbling over in a general incoherent babel.
incoherent = not understandable (unclear)
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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1st useChapter 6
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expedient
1 use
Other men saw to the welfare of their dogs from a sense of duty and business expediency; he saw to the welfare of his as if they were his own children
expediency = an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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fastidious
1 use
He swiftly lost the fastidiousness which had characterized his old life.
fastidiousness = excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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impede
1 use
They attached the line ... being careful that it should neither strangle him nor impede his swimming,
impede = slow or prevent
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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1st useChapter 6
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inevitable
3 uses
It was inevitable that the clash for leadership should come.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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1st useChapter 3
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innocuous
1 use
With ... Hal swearing innocuously ... they staggered into John Thornton's camp
innocuously = harmlessly
DefinitionGenerally innocuous means:
unlikely to harm or disturb
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insidious
1 use
The insidious revolt led by Buck had destroyed the solidarity of the team.
insidious = very harmful over time
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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persistent
1 use
There is a patience of the wild—dogged, tireless, persistent as life itself—that holds motionless for endless hours the spider in its web, the snake in its coils, the panther in its ambuscade; this patience belongs peculiarly to life when it hunts its living food; and it belonged to Buck as he clung to the flank of the herd, retarding its march, irritating the young bulls, worrying the cows with their half-grown calves, and driving the wounded bull mad with helpless rage.
persistent = continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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1st useChapter 7
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pervasive
1 use
At last, one morning, the propeller was quiet, and the Narwhal was pervaded with an atmosphere of excitement.
pervaded = filled
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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remonstrate
1 use
Mercedes continually fluttered in the way of her men and kept up an unbroken chattering of remonstrance and advice.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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resilient
1 use
About his body there was a peculiar springiness, or resiliency, almost catlike
resiliency = ability to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it
DefinitionGenerally resilient means:
able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it — especially a person retaining a positive attitude or a material retaining its shape
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resolute
1 use
He took all manner of risks, resolutely thrusting his little weazened face into the frost and struggling on from dim dawn to dark.
resolutely = with firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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1st useChapter 3
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revere
1 use
John Thornton would reverently exclaim, "God!"
reverently = with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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1st useChapter 6
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
...the moose appeared in greater abundance, moving slowly down to meet the winter in the lower and less rigorous valleys.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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usurp
1 use
For the last time in his life he allowed passion to usurp cunning and reason, and it was because of his great love for John Thornton that he lost his head.
usurp = seize or take control
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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zeal
1 use
And in her zeal, when she had finished with her own, she attacked the belongings of her men and went through them like a tornado.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 5
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