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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend misfortune
The wills thrust westward ahead of them, and fears that had once apprehended drought or flood now lingered with anything that might stop the westward crawling.†
apprehended = worried about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
fear, or anticipate with worry
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complacent
1 use
"You do not see," she said, and she smiled her complacent smile and went into the house.
complacent = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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contrite
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And Ruthie was instantly contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a correspondence course
Why, I'm thinkin' of takin' one of them correspondence school courses.
correspondence = done from afar (by mailing letters, reports, etc.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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decorum
1 use
Tom looked down the line of tents and he saw Ruthie and Winfield standing in front of a tent in decorous conversation with someone inside.
decorous = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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denounce
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There is a crime here that goes beyond denunciation.
denunciation = (beyond the requirement of) strong public criticism

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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dissent
1 use
Pa looked at the face of each one for dissent, and then he said, "Want to call 'im over, Tommy?"
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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doleful
1 use
'Born outa too much joy'll be a doleful boy.'
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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midwife
2 uses
The midwife, arriving late, had found the baby's head pulled out of shape, its neck stretched, its body warped; and she had pushed the head back and molded the body with her hands.
midwife = a non-doctor who practices the profession of assisting women in childbirth
DefinitionGenerally midwife means:
a non-doctor who practices the profession of assisting women in childbirth; or to assist in childbirth

or:

someone who helps bring something into existence; or the act of helping to bring something into existence
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morose
1 use
And Al, morosely, Where ya think they get them big cars and stuff?
morosely = unhappily
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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nonchalant
1 use
And he said nonchalantly, "I can waltz."
nonchalantly = casually (without special interest or concern)
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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passage
1 use
"I'm just tryin' to get along without shovin' nobody around." ... He waited to let the whole emphasis of the preceding passage disappear and be forgotten.
passage = what was recently said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perspective in art
The gray dusty truck, in the yard before the door, stood out magically in this light, in the overdrawn perspective of a stereopticon.†
perspective = 3-dimensional appearance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
giving a 2-dimensional picture a 3-dimensional appearance by making parts that are farther away look smaller than things that are close;  or a picture drawn in such a manner
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petulant
1 use
...the little eyes half scowling, half petulant.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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prodigal
1 use
Casy suggested elaborately, "Maybe Tom'll kill the fatted calf like for the prodigal in Scripture."
prodigal = the person, in the commonly referenced Christian parable, The Prodigal Son

Editor's notes:
  • A parable is a story told to teach a moral lesson.
  • The Prodigal Son is a parable about extreme forgiveness.
  • In the parable, a "fatted calf" is killed and served at a feast.
  • This is a common usage of prodigal; though it more generally refers to anyone (not just The Prodigal Son) who is recklessly wasteful; or perhaps long absent.
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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repress
3 uses
The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression.
repression = subjugation (oppressing or holding others down)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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1st useChapter 19
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Mae said resignedly, "You can have this for ten cents."
resignedly = with acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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1st useChapter 15
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servile
1 use
Tom said, "Well" and then his voice took on a servile whine.
servile = submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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venerate
1 use
Cockily, he walked close before he recognized Tom; and when he did, his boasting face changed, and admiration and veneration shone in his eyes, and his swagger fell away.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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zenith
2 uses
...and the sun passed the zenith and started down.
zenith = its highest point
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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