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And Then There Were None

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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
We knew Blore-and he was not the man that you'd ever accuse of a desire for abstract justice.
abstract = of a concept not associated with any specific instance
From page 258.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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1st useEpil., p.258.8
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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
He said: "Got any alternative theory?"
alternative = something available as another possibility
From page 86.8  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 6, p.86.8
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bound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
Armstrong said: "I thought he was following me.... Of course, he'd be bound to go slower than we did."
bound = almost certain
From page 201.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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1st useChapter 13, p.201.5
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2  —1 use as in:
bound together
It's not an accident-that's what I say. It's part and parcel of the whole business. It's all bound up together.
bound = connected (each influences the other)
From page 93.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped
The exact meaning of this sense of bound is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The pages of the book are bound with glue." — held together physically
  • "The book is bound in leather." — wrapped or covered
  • "The United States and England are bound together by a common language." — connected or united (tied together metaphorically)
  • "She cleaned the wound and bound it with fresh bandages." — wrapped
  • "She is wheelchair-bound." — connected (moves with a wheelchair because she is unable to walk)
  • "The jacket has bound buttonholes." — edges wrapped by fabric or trim rather than stitches
  • "She's the one in the bound-edge hat." — where the edge of the hat is wrapped in a decorative material.
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1st useChapter 6, p.93.3
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caustic
1 use
Mr. Justice Wargrave, mellowed by the excellent port, was being amusing in a caustic fashion, Dr. Armstrong and Tony Marston were listening to him.
caustic = sarcastic
From page 39.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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1st useChapter 3, p.39.4
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deference
1 use
He said now in a low deferential voice:
deferential = politely respectful
From page 62.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useChapter 4, p.62.9
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dubious
2 uses
He said dubiously:
dubiously = doubtfully
From page 201  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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1st useChapter 8, p.113.7
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furtive
2 uses
A soft furtive footfall...
furtive = quietly cautious
From page 122.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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1st useChapter 8, p.122.6
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implication
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Her implication in the crime
He was implicated in that share-pushing fraud of Bennito's three years ago-we're sure of that though we can't prove it.
implicated = involved or accused of involvement
From page 248.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implication means:
involvement in or the suggestion that someone was involved in something — especially a crime
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1st useChapter 9, p.149.4
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induce
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
induce her to
Amongst other things he was a dope pedlar and he was responsible for inducing the daughter of friends of mine to take to drugs.
inducing = persuading
From page 267.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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1st useEpil., p.258.5
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iniquity
1 use
It's iniquitous!
iniquitous = immoral or unjust
From page 58.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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1st useChapter 4, p.58.6
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laconic
1 use
Philip Lombard said laconically: "It might be."
laconically = in a manner that uses few words
From page 171.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally laconic means:
using few words
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1st useChapter 11, p.171.5
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malevolent
2 uses
Mr. Justice Wargrave looked at him with active malevolence.
malevolence = wishing evil to others
From page 23.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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1st useChapter 2, p.34.3
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
Any one could see with half an eye that the woman was as pious as could be...
pious = highly moral
From page 78.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 5, p.78.3
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recumbent
1 use
From a recumbent position he looked up at Mr. Blore and said with immense dignity: "I'm talking to you, young man."
recumbent = lying down
From page 15.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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1st useChapter 1, p.15.9
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sagacious
1 use
For all his sagacity, for all his caution and astuteness, the old judge had gone the way of the rest.
sagacity = wisdom
From page 210.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 14, p.210.3
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scrupulous
2 uses
I have always been strictly just and scrupulous in my summing up of a case.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically
From page 263.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useEpil., p.253.5
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
sheer fun
May be sheer moonshine-just plain lunacy!
sheer = pure
From page 90.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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1st useChapter 7, p.100.6
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2  —2 uses as in:
a sheer cliff
...the cliffs fell sheer to the sea below,
sheer = steeply
From page 111.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
so steep it is almost vertical
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1st useChapter 8, p.111.5
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shrewd
5 uses
Always looked half asleep, but was shrewd as could be when it came to a point of law.
shrewd = smart
From page 33.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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1st useChapter 9, p.128.9
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