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acrimony
1 use
'Let me handle him,' urged a hatchet-faced man with sunken acrimonious eyes and a thin, malevolent mouth.
acrimonious = angry
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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1st useChapter 41
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advocate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
He advocated thrift and hard work and disapproved of loose women who turned him down.
advocated = recommended
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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1st useChapter 9
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belligerent
9 uses
a tough and belligerent sergeant from the Southwest who told them he could beat hell out of any man in his outfit and was ready to prove it.
belligerent = showing the attitude of one eager to fight
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 16
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
The chaplain would encourage Nately with nods of comprehension or assent, amused by his candor and immaturity.
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 24
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complacent
5 uses
Milo nodded serenely with complacent gratification.
complacent = contented
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 23
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depravity
6 uses
You're dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 16
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despondent
11 uses
'It's the end,' Milo agreed despondently.
despondently = in a depressed manner
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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1st useChapter 4
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didactic
1 use
He sat gazing in clammy want at her full red lips and dimpled cheeks as he listened to Major Danby describe in a monotonous, didactic male drone the heavy concentrations of flak awaiting them at Avignon, and he moaned in deep despair suddenly at the thought that he might never see again this lovely woman to whom he had never spoken a word and whom he now loved so pathetically.
didactic = intended to instruct

(editor's note:  In this use, drone is a synonym for voice.)
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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explicit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
Colonel Korn had been most explicit about that.†
explicit = clear and detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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2  —1 use as in:
explicit photos and pornography
Almost inevitably, his reveries of reunion with her ended in explicit acts of love-making.†
explicit = detailed sexual activity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
expressing or displaying sexual activity or violence in a detailed manner
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passage
1 use
Lieutenant Scheisskopf longed desperately to win parades and sat up half the night working on it while his wife waited amorously for him in bed thumbing through Krafft-Ebing to her favorite passages.†
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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1st useChapter 8
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perspective   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
He leaned back once more to inspect his chart admiringly from an objective perspective.†
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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1st useChapter 21
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2  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
Everywhere he looked was a nut, and it was all a sensible young gentleman like himself could do to maintain his perspective amid so much madness.†
perspective = sensible view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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3  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The tops of the sheer buildings slanted in weird, surrealistic perspective, and the street seemed tilted.†
perspective = view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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1st useChapter 39
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reprehensible
1 use
The deep black grooves isolating his square chin from his jowls were bent again in a kind of jeering and reprehensible mirth.
reprehensible = very bad (deserving severe criticism)
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 40
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sagacious
1 use
'Ah, yes, now I understand,' Luigi said sagaciously.
sagaciously = wisely
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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scrupulous
6 uses
A shameful, unscrupulous opportunist!
unscrupulous = unethical

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulous means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulous. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 11
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simile
1 use
  "Who does he think he is — Achilles?"
  Colonel Korn was pleased with the simile and filed a mental reminder to repeat it the next time he found himself in General Peckem's presence.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
"I guess we do have to go back again, don't we?" McWatt had said somberly over the intercom.
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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1st useChapter 6
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vacillate
2 uses
As soon as Major Danby began to cry, Colonel Moodus, who had been vacillating wretchedly on the sidelines, could restrain himself no longer and stepped out diffidently toward General Dreedle with a sickly air of self-sacrifice.
vacillating = changing his mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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1st useChapter 21
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