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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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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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correspond
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
corresponding by email
They're going to get you for intercepting Major Major's correspondence, too.†
correspondence = written letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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1st useChapter 9
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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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deride
6 uses
He kept the chaplain in a constant state of terror with his curt, derisive tongue...
derisive = showing contempt and ridicule (lack of respect and making fun of)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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1st useChapter 22
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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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1st useChapter 21
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disparage
2 uses
made disparaging jokes about America
disparaging = belittling (treating as stupid and of little value)
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 20
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elucidate
1 use
Yossarian found himself listening intently to the fascinating elucidation of details.
elucidation = explanation (making clear)
DefinitionGenerally elucidate means:
explain (make clear)
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1st useChapter 40
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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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1st useChapter 9
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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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1st useChapter 25
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negative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
had a negative effect
'But you can't just turn your back on all your responsibilities and run away from them,' Major Danby insisted. 'It's such a negative move.'†
negative = bad or harmful
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2  —1 use as in:
a negative attitude
I don't want anything heavy or sad. I'd like you to keep it light and snappy, something that will send the boys out feeling pretty good. Do you know what I mean? I don't want any of this Kingdom of God or Valley of Death stuff. That's all too negative.†
negative = unhappy (focusing on unhappy things instead of happy things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
pessimistic (emphasizing bad things) or disagreeable
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1st useChapter 19
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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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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 and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 40
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requisition
6 uses
...the truckloads of fruit would be theirs to dispose of any way they saw fit once Yossarian had requisitioned them from the mess hall with Doc Daneeka's letter.
requisitioned = officially requested
DefinitionGenerally requisition means:
to officially request, demand, or take something; or the form used to make such a request
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1st useChapter 7
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scrupulous
6 uses
A shameful, unscrupulous opportunist!
unscrupulous = unethical
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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trepidation
5 uses
The next morning he entered his office in trepidation and waited to see what would happen.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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1st useChapter 9
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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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zeal
6 uses
Yossarian was stunned by their overbearing vigor and zeal,
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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