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As I Lay Dying

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abject
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that pride, that furious desire to hide that abject nakedness which we bring here with us, carry with us into operating rooms, carry stubbornly and furiously with us into the earth again.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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approach
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1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
Cash's head turns slowly as we approach, his pale empty sad composed and questioning face following the red and empty curve; beside the bade wheel Jewel sits the horse, gazing straight ahead.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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approbation
1 use
For a while still she looks down at him from the composite picture, neither with censure nor approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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bronze
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1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
It is like a casting of fading bronze upon the pillow, the hands alone still with any semblance of life: a curled, gnarled ineptness; a spent yet alert quality from which weariness, exhaustion, travail has not yet departed, as though they doubted even yet the actuality of rest, guarding with horned and penurious alertness the cessation which they know cannot last.
bronze = a brownish metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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cease
7 uses
Some time toward dawn the rain ceases.
ceases = stops
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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circumscribe
1 use
Above the ceaseless surface they stand—trees, cane, vines—rootless, severed from the earth, spectral above a scene of immense yet circumscribed desolation...
circumscribed = to restrict something within set limits
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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component
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It is as though the dark were resolving him out of his integrity, into an unrelated scattering of components—snuffings and stampings; smells of cooling flesh and ammoniac hair; an illusion of a co-ordinated whole of splotched hide and strong bones within which, detached and secret and familiar, an is different from my is.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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emerge
4 uses
...all that night I wrestled with Satan, and I emerged victorious.
emerged = came out
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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expiate
1 use
And she said, "My daily life is an acknowledgment and expiation of my sin"
expiation = atonement (a way of demonstrating sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good in return for the wrong, or by accepting punishment)

(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 expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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grave
1 use
Cash's face is also gravely composed; he and I look at one another with long probing looks,
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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impervious
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He takes up the saw again; again it moves up and down, in and out of that unhurried imperviousness as a piston moves in the oil;
imperviousness = unaffected

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally impervious means:
not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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latent
1 use
...there lingered somehow, latent yet still immediate, that violence which...
latent = not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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monotonous
2 uses
It was as though, so long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived,
monotonous = dull (lacking variety)
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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poise
1 use
He sits lightly, poised, upright, wooden-faced in the saddle, the broken hat raked at a swaggering angle.
poised = in control and prepared to move as needed
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
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reproach
2 uses
For a while yet she looks at him, without reproach, without anything at all,
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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succession
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a succession of events
They roll up out of the water in succession, turning completely over, their legs stiffly extended as when they had lost contact with the earth.
succession = sequence (one after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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tedious
1 use
with the tedious and minute care of a jeweler.
tedious = boring (detail work)
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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tranquil
2 uses
The rain rushes suddenly down... Yet the motion of the saw has not faltered, as though it and the arm functioned in a tranquil conviction that rain was an illusion of the mind.
tranquil = undisturbed
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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tremulous
1 use
Her voice is strong, young, tremulous and clear, rapt with its own timbre and volume, the fan still moving steadily up and down, whispering the useless air.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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vindicate
1 use
...he looks up at the sky with that expression of dumb and brooding outrage and yet of vindication, as though he had expected no less;
vindication = having been proved right

(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 vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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