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acquaint
1 use
I was personally acquainted with at least two girls he gave the time to.
acquainted = familiar with; or a friend of
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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1st useChapter 7
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apparent
1 use
Apparently before he phoned me he'd just had a long, rather harrowing letter from your latest headmaster, to the effect that you were making absolutely no effort at all.
apparently = obviously or clearly
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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1st useChapter 24
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approximate
1 use
Well, approximately.
approximately = roughly, but not exactly
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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1st useChapter 9
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Benedict Arnold
3 uses
I thought you were supposed to be Benedict Arnold in that play
Benedict Arnold = general who betrayed the U.S. in the Revolutionary War and whose name is, to this day, synonymous with the word traitor
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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1st useChapter 21
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hemorrhage
1 use
In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.
hemorrhages = instances of severe internal bleeding
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
severe bleeding — typically inside the body

or:

figurative use  to describe any rapid loss
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1st useChapter 1
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
"However, you dropped me a little note, at the bottom of the page," he said.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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1st useChapter 2
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innumerable
1 use
Modern science would still like to know what the secret ingredients were that the Egyptians used when they wrapped up dead people so that their faces would not rot for innumerable centuries.
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
...and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen. It's really ironical, because I'm six foot two and a half and I have gray hair.
ironical = when what is happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 2
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Ivy League
4 uses
I wouldn't go to one of those Ivy League colleges, if I was dying,
Ivy League = a group of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States with a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige
DefinitionGenerally Ivy League means:
a group of universities and colleges in the northeastern United States that regularly compete  against each other in sports and have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige

(Specifically:  Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, & Yale)
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1st useChapter 12
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Monsieur
1 use
Monsieur Blanchard was his name, I can still remember.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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1st useChapter 13
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opera
1 use
If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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1st useChapter 3
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pedagogy
1 use
Holden... One short, faintly stuffy, pedagogical question. Don't you think...
pedagogical = academic (related to the study and practices of teaching)
DefinitionGenerally pedagogy means:
the study and practices of teaching
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1st useChapter 24
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positive
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I was even positive I would be.†
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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1st useChapter 24
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prejudice
1 use
Not that he was prejudiced or anything, but he just wanted to know.
prejudiced = had unreasonable and unfair beliefs or feelings — especially against members of a race, religion, or other group
DefinitionGenerally prejudice means:
to have unreasonable belief that is unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group

or more generally:

to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
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1st useChapter 15
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reciprocal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reciprocal privileges
Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.
reciprocal = balanced (interchanged equivalence) (in this case, each benefiting and contributing to the body of knowledge)
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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recite
2 uses
Some guys in school hardly ever get up to recite or go to the blackboard.
recite = say or read aloud
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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1st useChapter 22
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sacrilege
1 use
Sally said I was a sacrilegious atheist.
sacrilegious = disrespectful of something others consider sacred
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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sober
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
I can't sit in a corny place like this cold sober.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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1st useChapter 10
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spendthrift
1 use
I'm a goddam spendthrift at heart.
spendthrift = someone who wastes money
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superintendent
1 use
It's a pretty old apartment house, and the superintendent's a lazy ..., and everything creaks and squeaks.
superintendent = a caretaker of a building — such as an apartment building
DefinitionGenerally superintendent means:
a person who directs and manages an organization — such as a school district

or:

a caretaker of a building — such as an apartment building
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1st useChapter 20
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