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All Quiet on the Western Front
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abstract
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
abstract thought
So I speak to him and say to him: "Comrade, I did not want to kill you." If you jumped in here again, I would not do it, if you would be sensible too. But you were only an idea to me before, an abstraction that lived in my mind and called forth its appropriate response.
abstraction = a concept not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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banal
1 use
If one wants to appraise it, it is at once heroic and banal—but who wants to do that?
banal = too commonplace to be interesting or entertaining
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equanimity
1 use
Kat surprises Tjaden endeavouring with perfect equanimity to knock the driving-band off a dud.  If anyone else had tried it the thing would have exploded, but Tjaden always has his luck with him.
equanimity = steadiness of mind under stress
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fastidious
1 use
Tjaden has become so fastidious that he only half smokes his cigars.
fastidious = excessively concerned with little things
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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importune
1 use
And at the same time I fear to importune it too much, because I do not know what might happen then.
importune = beg for
DefinitionGenerally importune means:
beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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inhabitant
5 uses
We are marching in column; the French certainly will not fire on a town in which there are still inhabitants.
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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laconic
1 use
retorts Miller laconically, and turns to Haie Westhus again.
laconically = brief and to the point
DefinitionGenerally laconic means:
using few words
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laudable
1 use
I read most of them with laudable zeal, but few of them really appealed to me.
laudable = worthy of high praise
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melancholy
5 uses
We know only that in some strange and melancholy way we have become a waste land.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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monotonous
5 uses
...monotonously falls the rain.
monotonously = with excessive lack of variety
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
...life is simply one continual watch against the menace of death;—it has transformed us into unthinking animals in order to give us the weapon of instinct—it has reinforced us with dullness, so that we do not go to pieces before the horror, which would overwhelm us if we had clear, conscious thought—it has awakened in us the sense of comradeship, so that we escape the abyss of solitude—it has lent us the indifference of wild creatures, so that in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment,
perceive = view in a certain way to see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
When she perceives Franz's trouble she begins to bustle, and says: "Why did not someone say I was wanted?"
perceives = becomes 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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pithy
1 use
Since then we have learned better than to be shy about such trifling immodesties. ... The soldier is on friendlier terms than other men with his stomach and intestines. Three-quarters of his vocabulary is derived from these regions, and they give an intimate flavour to expressions of his greatest joy as well as of his deepest indignation. It is impossible to express oneself in any other way so clearly and pithily.
pithily = concise, but full of meaning
DefinitionGenerally pithy means:
concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
...in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment, and store it up as a reserve against the onslaught of nothingness.†
positive = good or beneficial
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quixotic
1 use
If it were possible for us to save them, then it would be seen how much we cared—we would have a shot at it though we went under ourselves; for we can be damned quixotic when we like; fear we do not know much about—terror of death, yes; but that is a different matter, that is physical.
quixotic = idealistic even when impractical
DefinitionGenerally quixotic means:
impractical due to excessive romanticism or idealism
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remonstrate
1 use
Finally Haie stood Himmelstoss on his feet again and gave one last personal remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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retort
6 uses
"That's none of your business," retorts Himmelstoss.
retorts = quickly replies
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
In the evening it grows sultry and the heat rises from the earth.
sultry = hot and humid
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superficial
3 uses
...we live a closed, hard existence of the utmost superficiality,  and rarely does an incident strike out a spark.
superficiality = shallowness
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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superfluous
1 use
We will be superfluous even to ourselves, we will grow older, a few will adapt themselves, some others will merely submit, and most will be bewildered;—the years will pass by and in the end we shall fall into ruin.
superfluous = more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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