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aggravate
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she aggravates me
...he could really be aggravating sometimes.
aggravating = annoying (irritating)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of aggravate means:
annoy or irritate
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Benedict Arnold
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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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blasé
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He was with some gorgeous blonde, and the two of them were trying to be very blasé and all, like as if he didn't even know people were looking at him.
blasé = uninterested (casual as though nothing was unusual)
DefinitionGenerally blasé means:
uninterested — especially because of frequent exposure
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boisterous
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The one thing I did, though, I was careful ... not to get boisterous or anything.
boisterous = excessively noisy and unrestrained
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compulsory
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He didn't say anything then, but the next night he made us have compulsory study hall in the academic building and he came up and made a speech.
compulsory = required by rule
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conscientious
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Some of the faculty are pretty conscientious.
conscientious = characterized by extreme care and great effort
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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I walked over to Madison Avenue and started to wait around for a bus because I didn't have hardly any money left and I had to start economizing on cabs and all.
economizing = avoiding waste
DefinitionGenerally economize means:
avoid waste
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harrowing
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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.
harrowing = unsettling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of harrowing means:
frightening or unsettling
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hemorrhage
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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 excessive bleeding
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
bleed excessively (verb and noun)
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immaterial
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"It's immaterial to me," she said.
immaterial = unimportant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
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inane
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Must we go on with this inane conversation?
inane = empty (lacking substance)
DefinitionGenerally inane means:
lacking substance - perhaps silly
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innumerable
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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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pacifist
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I'm a pacifist, if you want to know the truth.
pacifist = someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
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pedagogy
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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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reciprocal
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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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recuperate
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"I'm still recuperating," I told her.
recuperating = regaining health or strength
DefinitionGenerally recuperate means:
to regain good health or strength
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repulsive
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I won't even tell you what they did to him—it's too repulsive—but he still wouldn't take it back, old James Castle.
repulsive = disgusting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of repulsive means:
very unpleasant or causing disgust
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sacrilege
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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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scrupulous
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If you knew Stradlater, you'd have been worried, too. ... He was unscrupulous.
unscrupulous = unethical
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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I'm a goddam spendthrift at heart.
spendthrift = someone who wastes money
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