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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

(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 abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
Their stillness is the reason why these memories of former times do not awaken desire so much as sorrow—a vast, inapprehensible melancholy.
inapprehensible = not capable of being understood

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inapprehensible means not and reverses the meaning of apprehensible. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The nights become quiet and the hunt for copper driving-bands and the silken parachutes of the French star-shells begins. Why the driving-bands are so desirable no one knows exactly. The collectors merely assert that they are valuable.†
assert = say (that something is true)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
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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 = 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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breech
4 uses
Kropp stalks up, with his breeches rolled up and his feet bare.
breeches = pants
DefinitionGenerally breech means:
rear

Most commonly used today in the phrase breech birth in reference to a baby who comes out of the birth canal butt-first rather than head-first.

More-archaic senses seen in classic literature include:
  • breechcloth — a form of loincloth consisting in a strip of material passed between the thighs and held up in front and behind by a belt or string
  • breeches — pants
  • a cannon's breech — the rear of a gun
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
The devil take all conventions, they were made for other times;
conventions = behaviors regarded as normal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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delicacy
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discuss with delicacy
Albert cleans his nails with a knife. We are surprised at this delicacy.
delicacy = care (befitting a gentleman more than a soldier of the trenches)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delicacy means:
care and gentleness — especially speaking or acting with sensitivity and tact
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
their border dispute
He informed himself of the dispute, and only remarked: "Yes, we did have heavy losses yesterday."†
dispute = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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immaterial
1 use
Kemmerich will die; it is immaterial who gets them.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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intrigue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
involved in intrigue
They used to have intrigues among themselves, as always happens, and it would often come to blows and knives.†
intrigues = secret schemes or plots
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intrigue means:
a secret scheme or plot
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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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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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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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reflect
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I want to reflect on it.
But so long as we have to stay here in the field, the front-line days, when they are past, sink down in us like a stone; they are too grievous for us to be able to reflect on them at once.
reflect = think
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
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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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simulate
2 uses
We show them how to take cover from aircraft, how to simulate a dead man when one is overrun in an attack, how to time hand-grenades so that they explode half a second before hitting the ground...
simulate = imitate (look like)
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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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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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
From the earth, from the air, sustaining forces pour into us—mostly from the earth. To no man does the earth mean so much as to the soldier. When he presses himself down upon her long and powerfully, when he buries his face and his limbs deep in her from the fear of death by shell-fire, then she is his only friend, his brother, his mother;
sustaining = supporting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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