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arable
1 use
And in many ways the animal method of doing things was more efficient and saved labour. Such jobs as weeding, for instance, could be done with a thoroughness impossible to human beings. And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land, which saved a lot of labour on the upkeep of hedges and gates. Nevertheless, as the summer wore on, various unforeseen shortages began to make them selves felt.
arable = capable of being farmed productively
DefinitionGenerally arable means:
of land:  capable of being farmed productively
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball.
attribute = credit (point to as the cause of) (in this case, to blame)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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1st useChapter 7
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blithe
1 use
One day, as Mollie strolled blithely into the yard, flirting her long tail and chewing at a stalk of hay, Clover took her aside.
blithely = in a carefree and happy manner
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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capitulate
1 use
For five days the hens held out, then they capitulated and went back to their nesting boxes.
capitulated = gave up
DefinitionGenerally capitulate means:
to stop resisting something — such as surrendering to someone else's decision or accepting a military defeat
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complicity
1 use
On the same day it was given out that fresh documents had been discovered which revealed further details about Snowball's complicity with Jones.
complicity = guilt as an accomplice
DefinitionGenerally complicity means:
guilt as a helper in a crime or offense
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contemptible
2 uses
They could not understand, they said, how even animals could bring themselves to sing such contemptible rubbish.
contemptible = very bad (deserving no respect)
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ensconced
1 use
At one end of the big barn, on a sort of raised platform, Major was already ensconced on his bed of straw, under a lantern which hung from a beam.
ensconced = settled comfortably
DefinitionGenerally ensconced means:
fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
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expound
1 use
Several nights a week, after Mr. Jones was asleep, they held secret meetings in the barn and expounded the principles of Animalism to the others.
expounded = explained in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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frugal
1 use
The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally.
frugally = without waste or luxury
DefinitionGenerally frugal means:
avoiding waste
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gambol
3 uses
In the ecstasy of that thought they gambolled round and round, they hurled themselves into the air in great leaps of excitement.
gambolled = frolicked (moved playfully)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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ignominious
2 uses
And so within five minutes of their invasion they were in ignominious retreat by the same way as they had come, with a flock of geese hissing after them and pecking at their calves all the way.
ignominious = disgraceful or shameful
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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incumbent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
incumbent upon her to
But before doing so, there were a few words that he felt it incumbent upon him to say.
incumbent = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incumbent means:
necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility
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intermediary
1 use
A Mr. Whymper, a solicitor living in Willingdon, had agreed to act as intermediary between Animal Farm and the outside world, and would visit the farm every Monday morning to receive his instructions.
intermediary = someone who acts as a link between two others who do not meet with each other directly
DefinitionGenerally intermediary means:
someone who acts as a link between two others who don't talk directly — such as a realtor between the buyer and seller
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literate
1 use
By the autumn almost every animal on the farm was literate in some degree.
literate = able to read and write
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moreover
3 uses
In the end they finished the harvest in two days' less time than it had usually taken Jones and his men. Moreover, it was the biggest harvest that the farm had ever seen.
moreover = in addition
DefinitionGenerally moreover means:
in addition to what has just been said
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1st useChapter 3
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
And Squealer, who happened to be passing at this moment, attended by two or three dogs, was able to put the whole matter in its proper perspective.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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shirk
2 uses
He did his work in the same slow obstinate way as he had done it in Jones's time, never shirking and never volunteering for extra work either.
shirking = not doing a duty
DefinitionGenerally shirk means:
to avoid something — such as a duty or responsibility
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tempered   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
bad news tempered by kindness
And when Squealer went on to give further graphic details of Boxer's death-bed, the admirable care he had received, and the expensive medicines for which Napoleon had paid without a thought as to the cost, their last doubts disappeared and the sorrow that they felt for their comrade's death was tempered by the thought that at least he had died happy.
tempered = made less bad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tempered means:
made less extreme
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2  —1 use as in:
short-tempered
Benjamin was the oldest animal on the farm, and the worst tempered.
tempered = having a tendency to get angry
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tempered means:
having a typical mood or temperament — often in reference to how easily one is angered
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vivacious
1 use
Snowball was a more vivacious pig than Napoleon, quicker in speech and more inventive, but was not considered to have the same depth of character.
vivacious = lively and engaging
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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