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All Quiet on the Western Front
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accordion
1 use
The notes of an accordion float across from the billets.
accordion = a musical instrument held in the hands that has a keyboard and two rigid sides with parallel folds in the middle that can be filled with air and compressed by pushing one of the rigid sides
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accordion means:
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
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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
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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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delicacy
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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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fastidious
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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
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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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intrigue
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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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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
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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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reflection
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
my reflection in the mirror
In the quiet hours when the puzzling reflection of former days like a blurred mirror, projects beyond me the figure of my present existence, I often sit over against myself, as before a stranger, and wonder how the unnameable active principle that calls itself to life has adapted itself even to this form.
reflection = image shined back
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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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
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"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
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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
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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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sustain
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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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vary
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We have almost grown accustomed to it; war is a cause of death like cancer and tuberculosis, like influenza and dysentery. The deaths are merely more frequent, more varied and terrible.
varied = differing (from a variety of causes)
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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