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The Catcher in the Rye
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aggravate
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she aggravates me
She is the most aggravating person I know.
aggravating = annoying or irritating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of aggravate means:
annoy or irritate
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Benedict Arnold
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To this day "Benedict Arnold" can be used as an American synonym for "traitor."
Benedict Arnold = U.S. general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
DefinitionGenerally Benedict Arnold means:
general who betrayed the U.S. in the Revolutionary War and whose name is, to this day, synonymous with the word traitor (1741-1801)
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blasé
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... exhibited blasé indifference.
blasé = uninterested — especially because of frequent exposure
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boisterous
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It is a boisterous crowd, but there is more than enough security.
boisterous = excessively noisy and unrestrained
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compulsory
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In most schools physical education is compulsory.
compulsory = required by rule
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conscientious
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She is conscientious in the lab.
conscientious = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally conscientious means:
careful to do what is right—especially to perform duties in a thorough manner (as when guided by conscience)
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economize
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She adjusted the thermostat as part of an effort to economize.
economize = avoid waste
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harrowing
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It was a harrowing journey through war-torn Afghanistan.
harrowing = frightening or unsettling
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hemorrhage
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A hemorrhage in the brain is common with shaken baby syndrome.
hemorrhage = to bleed excessively
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
bleed excessively (verb and noun)
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immaterial
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For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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inane
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I can't take any more of her inane ideas.
inane = lacking substance (or silly)
DefinitionGenerally inane means:
lacking substance - perhaps silly
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innumerable
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She has been the target of innumerable investigations.
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
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pacifist
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The pacifist spoke out against the war.
pacifist = someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
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pedagogy
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The pedagogy courses are my favorite.
pedagogy = study and practices of teaching
DefinitionGenerally pedagogy means:
the study and practices of teaching
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reciprocal
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reciprocal privileges
It is a reciprocal trade agreement.
reciprocal = balanced (equivalence shared)

(in this case, members of the agreement decided together to follow shared rules that have fair costs and benefits for each party)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reciprocal means:
something shared or interchanged equally

(such as equal responsibility, shared feelings, mutual respect, or exchanged aid)
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recuperate
1 use
The patient is recuperating
recuperating = regaining health or strength
DefinitionGenerally recuperate means:
to regain good health or strength
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repulsive
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The tribe elders find American culture as shown in Hollywood films to be immoral and repulsive.
repulsive = very unpleasant or causing disgust
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sacrilege
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They consider it sacrilege to depict Muhammad in a drawing.
sacrilege = disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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scrupulous
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You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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spendthrift
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She has a reputation as a spendthrift.
spendthrift = someone who wastes money
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