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adroit
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It appears incredible to me that any kind of trick, however subtly conceived and however adroitly done, could have been played upon us under these conditions.
adroitly = skillfully
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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ameliorate
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The work of ameliorating the conditions of life—the true civilizing process that makes life more and more secure—had gone steadily on to a climax.
ameliorating = to improve
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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anachronism
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Our ancestors had no great tolerance for anachronisms.
anachronisms = things out of place for their time
DefinitionGenerally anachronism means:
something out of place for it's time - typically something that belongs in the past
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apparent
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Mrs. Watchett came in and walked, apparently without seeing me, towards the garden door.
apparently = clearly; or seemingly (appearing clear—though not necessarily so)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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desiccate
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A few shrivelled and blackened vestiges of what had once been stuffed animals, desiccated mummies in jars that had once held spirit, a brown dust of departed plants:
desiccated = dried out
DefinitionGenerally desiccate means:
to remove moisture from something
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eccentric
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My pockets had always puzzled Weena, but at the last she had concluded that they were an eccentric kind of vase for floral decoration.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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furtive
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I saw a crowd of them upon the slopes, looking furtively at me.
furtively = cautiously
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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incessant
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the others were running, in an incessant stream, as it seemed, from behind me, and away through the wood in front.
incessant = continuous/annoying
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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inevitable
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Now the risk was inevitable, I no longer saw it in the same cheerful light.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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insidious
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There was scrub and long grass all about us, and I did not feel safe from their insidious approach.
insidious = appearing harmless (or even desirable), but actually very harmful over time
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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lucid
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you never felt that you saw all round him; you always suspected some subtle reserve, some ingenuity in ambush, behind his lucid frankness.
lucid = of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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petulant
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I told myself that I could never stop, and with a gust of petulance I resolved to stop forthwith.
petulance = unreasonable annoyance or upset

or:

tendency to be unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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precocious
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I judged, then, that the children of that time were extremely precocious, physically at least, and I found afterwards abundant verification of my opinion.
precocious = developed early
DefinitionGenerally precocious means:
early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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putrid
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And I shall have to tell you later that even the processes of putrefaction and decay had been profoundly affected by these changes.
putrefaction = decomposition caused by bacteria or funguses

(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 putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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recondite
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The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.
recondite = incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
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stolid
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They all failed to understand my gestures; some were simply stolid, some thought it was a jest and laughed at me.
stolid = showing no interest or emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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temperate
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'I don't know if you have ever thought what a rare thing flame must be in the absence of man and in a temperate climate.
temperate = mild
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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transitory
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I thought in a transitory way of the oddness of wells still existing, and then resumed the thread of my speculations.
transitory = lasting a short time
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truncate
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As I took hold of the handle of the door I heard an exclamation, oddly truncated at the end, and a click and a thud.
truncated = terminated abruptly
DefinitionGenerally truncate means:
make shorter by terminating abruptly before the end
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zenith
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But even on this supposition the balanced civilization that was at last attained must have long since passed its zenith, and was now far fallen into decay.
zenith = highest (most advanced) state
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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