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All Quiet on the Western Front

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abstract
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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1st useChapter 9
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accordion
1 use
An accordion wall can be closed to divide the room.
accordion = characterized by narrower parallel folds when closed and wider when open — such as a door or musical instrument with that characteristic
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assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record of crime.
asserts = says
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
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1st useChapter 6
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banal
1 use
The movie was banal, but it led to a fascinating conversation.
banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
DefinitionGenerally banal means:
uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual

(editor's note:  This word is correctly pronounced differently by various educated speakers of American English.)
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1st useChapter 11
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delicacy
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discuss with delicacy
She is admired for her delicacy in negotiations.
delicacy = sensitivity and tact
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delicacy means:
care and gentleness — especially speaking or acting with sensitivity and tact
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immaterial
1 use
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
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importune
1 use
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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intrigue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
involved in intrigue
I try to avoid political intrigue.
intrigue = secret schemes or plots
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intrigue means:
a secret scheme or plot
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1st useChapter 8
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laconic
1 use
I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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melancholy
5 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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monotonous
5 uses
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = see (become aware of)
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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1st useChapter 10
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pithy
1 use
I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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1st useChapter 1
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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1st useChapter 11
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 3
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retort
6 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded foolish, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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1st useChapter 5
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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1st useChapter 4
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