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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
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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adroit
2 uses
Adroitly Rogers slipped between the two women.
adroitly = skillfully
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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astute
1 use
For all his sagacity, for all his caution and astuteness, the old judge had gone the way of the rest.
astuteness = smart perceptiveness
DefinitionGenerally astute means:
smart and perceptive
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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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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)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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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
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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condone
2 uses
I'm glad to say they did not condone her behaviour.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
to accept (a specific bad behavior) without criticism

or:

to approve of (a specific behavior that is typically considered bad)
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desultory
2 uses
They spoke instead in a desultory fashion of current events.
desultory = lacking plan or purpose; or half-hearted
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dubious
2 uses
He said dubiously:
dubiously = doubtfully
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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exonerate
3 uses
...no one of us can be completely exonerated from suspicion.
exonerated = found free of blame
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
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gullible
1 use
He was a gullible sort of man, he knew me by sight and reputation and it was inconceivable to him that a man of my standing should actually be a murderer!
gullible = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implication means:
involvement in or the suggestion that someone was involved in something — especially a crime
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iniquity
1 use
It's iniquitous!
iniquitous = immoral or unjust
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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laconic
1 use
Philip Lombard said laconically: "It might be."
laconically = using few words
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reproach
3 uses
There was no self-reproach, no uneasiness in those eyes.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
we follow a rigorous procedure
We all submitted to a rigorous search.
rigorous = thorough and careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
thorough and careful procedures
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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
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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2  —2 uses as in:
a sheer cliff
...the cliffs fell sheer to the sea below,
sheer = steeply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
so steep it is almost vertical
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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
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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