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The War of the Worlds

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belligerent
1 use
My imagination became belligerent, and defeated the invaders in a dozen striking ways; something of my schoolboy dreams of battle and heroism came back.
belligerent = warlike
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 1.9
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complacent
1 use
With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.
complacency = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 1.1
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
He was a stout, ruddy, middle-aged man, well dressed; three days before, he must have been walking the world, a man of considerable consequence.†
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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1st useChapter 2.3
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countervail
1 use
I sat staring before me, trying in vain to devise some countervailing thought.
countervailing = counterbalancing
DefinitionGenerally countervail means:
to counterbalance, or oppose (the effects of something)—often in such a manner that the effects being opposed are neutralized (made ineffective)
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1st useChapter 2.7
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Already men, weeping with joy, as I have heard, shouting and staying their work to shake hands and shout, were making up trains, even as near as Crewe, to descend upon London.†
descend = arrive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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deter
2 uses
There were three policemen too, one of whom was mounted, doing their best, under instructions from Stent, to keep the people back and deter them from approaching the cylinder.
deter = discourage an action
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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1st useChapter 1.6
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discriminate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
discriminating taste
excavating and embanking in a methodical and discriminating manner.
discriminating = careful about how and where the embanking is done (aware of differences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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1st useChapter 2.2
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furtive
2 uses
He had hid under the dead horse for a long time, peeping out furtively across the common.
furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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1st useChapter 1.11
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlights and shadows
So much I saw then, all vaguely for the flickering of the lightning, in blinding highlights and dense black shadows.†
highlights = things made bright
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
noun:  something that is lighter and draws attention — such as an area of a painting

verb:  making something lighter — such as an area of a painting
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
I recall particularly the illustration of one of the first pamphlets to give a consecutive account of the war. The artist had...†
illustration = drawing

(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 this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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incessant
3 uses
life is an incessant struggle for existence
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 1.17
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lethargic
2 uses
rousing myself from the lethargy that had fallen upon me, I looked down and saw...
lethargy = lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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1st useChapter 2.1
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the grey scale of the Thing was no common oxide,
perceive = see (understand)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
These cages will be full of psalms and hymns and piety.
piety = religious belief
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 2.7
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precipitate
2 uses
1  —2 uses
(adj) as in: a precipitate decision
But now that I was beginning to understand something of his quality, I could divine the stress he laid on doing nothing precipitately.
precipitately = with great haste

(editor's note:  In this context, divine is a synonym for understand.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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1st useChapter 2.7
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speculative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative theory
My particular province is speculative philosophy.
speculative = based on thought that is not provable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
based on thought or theory that is unproven or unprovable
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1st useChapter 2.10
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2  —1 use as in:
a speculative venture
It is worthy of remark that a certain speculative writer of quasi-scientific repute, writing long before the Martian invasion, did forecast for man a final structure not unlike the actual Martian condition.†
speculative = without certainty of payment

(editor's note:  A speculative writer is someone who writes with the hope that someone will pay to publish the writing. This is in contrast to someone who is hired to write something.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
done with uncertainty—often a risky investment for profit
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succession
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a succession of events
Once the lightning had begun, it went on in as rapid a succession of flashes as I have ever seen.
succession = series (one after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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1st useChapter 1.10
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timorous
2 uses
But he was one of those weak creatures, void of pride, timorous, anaemic, hateful souls, full of shifty cunning, who face neither God nor man, who face not even themselves.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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1st useChapter 2.1
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vestige
4 uses
this new and culminating atrocity had robbed him of all vestiges of reason or forethought.
vestiges = traces
DefinitionGenerally vestige means:
a remaining trace (little bit of something) that was previously abundant
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1st useChapter 2.3
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