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arable
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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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beatific
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Smiling beatifically, and wearing both his decorations, Napoleon reposed on a bed of straw on the platform, with the money at his side, neatly piled on a china dish from the farmhouse kitchen.
beatifically = with a calm joy
DefinitionGenerally beatific means:
expressing or producing a calm joy — especially from a holy source
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blithe
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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
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canvass
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At the Meetings Snowball often won over the majority by his brilliant speeches, but Napoleon was better at canvassing support for himself in between times.
canvassing = getting (votes)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of canvass means:
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
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capitulate
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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
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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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deed
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The title-deeds, which were in his own possession, were owned by the pigs jointly.
deeds = legal documents indicating ownership of property
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deed means:
a legal document indicating ownership of property
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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
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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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filial
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None of them proved able to learn the alphabet beyond the letter B. They accepted everything that they were told about the Rebellion and the principles of Animalism, especially from Clover, for whom they had an almost filial respect; but it was doubtful whether they understood very much of it.
filial = child-to-parent
DefinitionGenerally filial means:
relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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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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implement
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a small implement
Sometimes the work was hard; the implements had been designed for human beings and not for animals, and it was a great drawback that no animal was able to use any tool that involved standing on his hind legs.
implements = tools
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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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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intractable
1 use
Bulls which had always been tractable suddenly turned savage,
tractable = easy to manage or control
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult in various senses:
  • of problems or disease:  difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals:  difficult to manage or control
  • of materials:  difficult to manipulate
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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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