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anguish
1 use
He looked across the fire at Lennie's anguished face, and then he looked ashamedly at the flames.
anguished = extremely distressed
From page 11.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.11.9
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apprehensive
1 use
She was suddenly apprehensive.
apprehensive = worried
From page 32.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.32.1
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brusque
2 uses
"Awright," he said brusquely. "Gi'me that mouse! ... I ain't takin' it away jus' for meanness. That mouse ain't fresh, Lennie; and besides, you've broke it pettin' it."
brusquely = abruptly
From page 8.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.8.7
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complacent
2 uses
Lennie, who had been following the conversation back and forth with his eyes, smiled complacently at the compliment.
complacently = with satisfaction
From page 34.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 2, p.34.7
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confide
1 use
"Well, I ain't told this to nobody before. Maybe I oughten to. I don' like Curley. He ain't a nice fella." And because she had confided in him, she moved closer to Lennie and sat beside him.
confided = place trust (in someone) and talk about private things
From page 89.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
to place trust (in someone) by talking about private things or telling secrets
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5, p.89.1
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contort
2 uses
His face was contorted.
contorted = twisted into an unnatural shape
From page 91.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally contort means:
twist or bend to an unnatural shape — something such as the human body, a facial expression, or the truth
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.30.6
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deliberate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a deliberate thinker
He used a deliberate, thoughtful slowness.
deliberate = careful and slow
From page 55.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.22.6
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
He looked down at the ground in despair.
despair = hopelessness
From page 5.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.5.5
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earnest
1 use
"No I ain't," Lennie explained earnestly.
earnestly = sincerely
From page 90.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5, p.90.2
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elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate wink
He took on the elaborate manner of little girls when they are mimicking one another. "Jus' wanted to feel that girl's dress- jus' wanted to pet it like it was a mouse— Well, how the hell did she know you jus' wanted to feel her dress? She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse."
elaborate = exaggerated
From page 11.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.8.8
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grave
1 use
There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love.
gravity = seriousness and importance (weightiness)
From page 33.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.33.8
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indicate
2 uses
"We kinda look after each other."  He indicated Lennie with his thumb.
indicated = pointed to
From page 34.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Book2 uses
Library40 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.18.4
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indignant
1 use
She was breathless with indignation.
indignation = anger at something that is unjust

(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.)
From page 78.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4, p.78.8
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morose
3 uses
He fell morosely silent.
morosely = unhappily
From page 23.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.4.2
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precede
1 use
Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him, and then the two of them went out the door.
precede = go before
From page 36.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.36.6
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scorn
3 uses
She turned on him in scorn.
scorn = strong disrespect
From page 80.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.102.1
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skeptical
2 uses
"I ain't so sure," said George skeptically.
skeptically = with doubt
From page 19.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.19.4
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subside
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her anger subsided
He subsided, grumbling to himself, threatening the future cats which might dare to disturb the future rabbits.
subsided = became less intense
From page 58.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.58.9
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sullen
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a sullen mood
She paused and her face lost its sullenness and grew interested.
sullenness = appearance of a bad mood

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
From page 78.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.78.3
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tone
4 uses
His tone was friendly.
tone = attitude
From page 34.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.30.3
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