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anonymity
1 use
He paused, defeated by the silence and the painted anonymity of the group guarding the entry.
anonymity = unknown identities
DefinitionGenerally anonymity means:
a state where the identity of someone is unknown — for example, the name of an author or the name of a donor

or (more rarely): a lack of individuality or interesting features
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antagonism
2 uses
Ralph sighed, sensing the rising antagonism, understanding that this was how Jack felt as soon as he ceased to lead.
antagonism = hostility
DefinitionGenerally antagonism means:
hostility or opposition
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apex
1 use
Then, at the apex, the grass was thick again because no one sat there.
apex = highest point
DefinitionGenerally apex means:
the highest point of something
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cessation
1 use
The twins, puzzled, looked at each other; while Piggy, reassured by the cessation of violence, stood up carefully.
cessation = ending
DefinitionGenerally cessation means:
a stopping
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Jack settled the question for them with that contempt in his voice that could sound so funny and so final.
contempt = complete lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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demented
2 uses
Piggy and Ralph, under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society.
demented = insane
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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deride
4 uses
Piggy once more was the center of social derision...
derision = ridicule (made fun of and treated as inferior and unworthy of respect)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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diffident
1 use
Ralph was coming along, holding his spear over his shoulder. Diffidently, Simon allowed his pace to slacken until he was walking side by side with Ralph and looking up at him through the coarse black hair that now fell to his eyes.
diffidently = in an unassertive or submissive manner
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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distend
1 use
Other boys were appearing now, tiny tots some of them, brown, with the distended bellies of small savages.
distended = swollen
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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ebullient
1 use
Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless ebullience of the children,
ebullience = joyous enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally ebullient means:
happy and energetic
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enormity
2 uses
They knew very well why he hadn't: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood.
enormity = extreme wickedness or evilness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of enormity means:
extreme wickedness

or more rarely (and considered incorrect by many):  enormousness (largeness)
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foliage
6 uses
Then he was crashing through foliage and small boughs and was hidden by the forest.
foliage = plant leaves
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founder
1 use
The air here was dark too, and the creepers dropped their ropes like the rigging of foundered ships.
foundered = sunken
DefinitionGenerally this sense of founder means:
to fail or break-down

or:

to physically sink below the surface or fall
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inarticulate
2 uses
"We could be sort of..." Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness.
inarticulate = at a loss for words
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words) in various senses such as:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — "She gets nervous and inarticulate whenever he's around."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — "She was inarticulate with rage."


or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin stick, endless apparently, for to Ralph's left the perspectives of palm and beach and water drew to a point at infinity; and always, almost visible, was the heat.
perspectives = views
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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pinnacle
3 uses
There was the neck of land, the ledge skirting the rock, up there were the red pinnacles.
pinnacles = high points
DefinitionGenerally pinnacle means:
the highest point

in various senses including:
  • the best stage of development
  • a high pointed rock formation or mountain peak
  • a pointed tower at the top of a building
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
So they proceeded after that as if they were climbing a dangerous mountain, until the rocks became an uncompromising cliff, overhung with impossible jungle and falling sheer into the sea.
sheer = so steeply as to be almost vertical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
so steep it is almost vertical
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2  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
Fear, beasts, no general agreement that the fire was all-important: and when one tried to get the thing straight the argument sheered off, bringing up fresh, unpleasant matter.
sheered = abruptly changed direction
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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tacit
3 uses
Tacitly admitting that he remembered the unmentionable, Ralph nodded to Piggy.
tacitly = in an indirect manner (without directly saying it)
DefinitionGenerally tacit means:
implied or understood, but not expressed directly
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ungainly
2 uses
On the mountain-top the parachute filled and moved; the figure slid, rose to its feet, spun, swayed down through a vastness of wet air and trod with ungainly feet the tops of the high trees; falling, still falling, it sank toward the beach and the boys rushed screaming into the darkness.
ungainly = awkward (not graceful)
DefinitionGenerally ungainly means:
lacking grace in movement or posture; or difficult to handle or manage — especially because of shape
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