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All Quiet on the Western Front

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accompany
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accompany on the journey
Afterwards I accompany them both to the railway station.
accompany = travel with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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accustomed
7 uses
I wait a few moments to accustom my eyes to the darkness.
accustom = allow something to get used to (get familiar with and adapt to)
DefinitionGenerally accustomed means:
to be or to become psychologically or physically used to something

(used to is an expression that means someone has adapted to and has an expectation of something so it does not seem unusual)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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adapt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
adapted to the new rules
Had we gone into the trenches without this period of training most of us would certainly have gone mad. Only thus were we prepared for what awaited us. We did not break down, but adapted ourselves;
adapted = changed to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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compose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
composed of many parts
They are one of the new regiments, composed almost entirely of young fellows just called up.
composed = made up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to create something by arranging parts; or to be those parts
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —2 uses as in:
keep your composure
Before my mother's tremulous anxiety I recover my composure.
composure = calm state of mind

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compose means:
to calm someone or settle something
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The wisest were just the poor and simple people. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas those who were better off, and should have been able to see more clearly what the consequences would be, were beside themselves with joy.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
I think no more of the dead man, he is of no consequence to me now.
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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contradict
1 use
  "It isn't any use to the Kaiser either. He has everything he can want already."
  "I'm not so sure about that," contradicts Kat, "he has not had a war up till now. And every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he would not become famous."
contradicts = disagrees
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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demented
2 uses
But when I begin to cut the shirt the eyes open once more and the cry is in them again and the demented expression, so that I must close them, press them shut and whisper: "I want to help you, Comrade, camerade, camerade, camerade—" eagerly repeating the word, to make him understand.
demented = crazy (affected by madness or extreme distress)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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1st useChapter 9
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despair
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
she felt despair
Their figures are bent, their faces full of grief, despair, haste, and resignation.
despair = distress (at inability to improve a bad situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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grievous
3 uses
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.
grievous = terrible
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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1st useChapter 2
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instantaneous
4 uses
I tell her he was shot through the heart and died instantaneously.
instantaneously = immediately (in an instant)
DefinitionGenerally instantaneous means:
immediate (happening instantly with no delay)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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nevertheless
4 uses
He did indeed always refer to us as swine, but there was, nevertheless, a certain respect in his tone.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(editor's note:  Swine is a synonym for pigs.)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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notwithstanding
1 use
With us food is pretty scarce and none too good at that—turnips cut into six pieces and boiled in water, and unwashed carrot tops—mouldy potatoes are tit-bits... Everything gets eaten, notwithstanding,
notwithstanding = despite what was just said (in this case, even though the food is bad, it all gets eaten)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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1st useChapter 8
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peasant
10 uses
Our peasants are hard and cunning when they bargain.
peasants = uneducated farmers
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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persist
6 uses
By evening the voice dwindles to a croaking. But it persists still through the whole night.
persists = continues
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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queue
4 uses
At the head of the queue of course were the hungriest—
queue = line
DefinitionGenerally queue means:
a line of people waiting for something; or anything (such as computer tasks) that are lined up to be handled in order
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ration
12 uses
...there is a double ration of sausage and bread.
ration = a fixed portion of food given to each person
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book12 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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solidarity
1 use
It is a great brotherhood, which adds something of the good-fellowship of the folk-song, of the feeling of solidarity of convicts, and of the desperate loyalty to one another of men condemned to death, to a condition of life arising out of the midst of danger...
solidarity = shared sympathies and mutual support
DefinitionGenerally solidarity means:
a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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