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Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl

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adage
2 uses
I condemn myself in so many ways that I'm beginning to realize the truth of Father's adage: "Every child has to raise itself."
adage = saying
DefinitionGenerally adage means:
an old saying considered wise by many; e.g., "Actions speak louder than words."
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1st useChapter 44-05
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admonition
3 uses
On the contrary, all I ever got were admonitions not to be so noisy.
admonitions = warnings or advice
DefinitionGenerally admonition means:
a warning or bit of advice — such as "Don't drink and drive."
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1st useChapter 42-09
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annex
76 uses
1  —76 uses as in:
annex of the main building
Now our Secret Annex has truly become secret.
annex = an addition that extends a main building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of annex means:
an addition that extends a main building

or:

to attach something — especially to something larger or more important
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Book76 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-07
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bourgeois
1 use
I can assure you, I'm not so set on a bourgeois life as Mother and Margot.
bourgeois = typical middle class
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits - typically used disapprovingly

or (in Marxist theory):

typical of the property-owning class
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capitulate
4 uses
After May 1940 the good times were few and far between: first there was the war, then the capitulation and then the arrival of the Germans, which is when the trouble started for the Jews.
capitulation = surrender

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally capitulate means:
to stop resisting something — such as surrendering to someone else's decision or accepting a military defeat
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1st useChapter 43-09
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carp
2 uses
Another reason I welcome the change is that Mama's always carping at me, especially at the table.
carping = repeatedly complaining about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of carp means:
to repeatedly complain — typically about unimportant things
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1st useChapter 42-10
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coincide
1 use
Hanukkah and St. Nicholas Day nearly coincided this year; they were only one day apart.
coincided = happened at the same time
DefinitionGenerally coincide means:
to be similar — especially to happen at the same time or place
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1st useChapter 42-12
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contingent
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
the Canadian contingent
the Annex contingent and the Supply Corps all mixed up together, and that in the middle of the day!
contingent = group
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contingent means:
a sub-group united by something in common
in various senses, including:
  • a squad of soldiers sent to do a job
  • members of an association at a convention of many associations
  • all the women at a meeting with women and men
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coquette
5 uses
That's all I was: a terrible flirt, coquettish and amusing.
coquettish = casually playful in a way that arouses sexual interest of men

(Editor's note:  Adding the suffix "-ish" means having the characteristics of. This is the same pattern you see in words like childish and foolish.)
DefinitionGenerally coquette means:
a woman who is casually playful in a way that arouses sexual interest of men, but does not imply serious sexual interest
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1st useChapter 43-07
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disparage
1 use
...her teasing and disparaging remarks about his beloved nation!
disparaging = critical
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 44-03
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dissent
2 uses
Pst, pst, like a cat luring a mouse from its hole, they goad each other into quarrels and dissent.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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egotistical
4 uses
He gets more exasperating and egotistical as the days go by.
egotistical = conceited and self-centered
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1st useChapter 42-12
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frayed   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
frayed cloth
Father is walking around in frayed trousers, and his tie is also showing signs of wear and tear.
frayed = showed wear with threads beginning to separate and hang loose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of frayed means:
showing wear with threads beginning to separate or hang loose
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1st useChapter 43-05
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2  —1 use as in:
into the fray
Without them I wouldn't be able to jump back into the fray with my usual composure.
the fray = fight or struggle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fray means:
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
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genealogy
5 uses
In recent weeks I've developed a great liking for family trees and the genealogical tables of royal families.
genealogical = related to family ancestry (the record of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents...)
DefinitionGenerally genealogy means:
family ancestry or its study
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1st useChapter 44-01
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hypochondria
1 use
He's an absolute hypochondriac!
hypochondriac = someone who always worries about imaginary illnesses
DefinitionGenerally hypochondria means:
excessive worry about imaginary illnesses
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mediate
1 use
In the beginning Mr. Dussel took our soon-forgotten clashes very seriously, but now he's grown used to them and no longer tries to mediate.
mediate = help others to settle disagreements
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mediate means:
help others to settle a disagreement
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1st useChapter 43-02
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muse   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her musings
Not only because I've never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.
musings = thoughts
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42-06
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2  —1 use as in:
She was his muse
I can name the nine Muses and the seven loves of Zeus.
muses = mythological goddesses thought to inspire artists
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
the source of an artist's inspiration - especially a person or mythological goddess
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1st useChapter 44-04
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veritable
3 uses
A veritable thunderstorm of words came crashing down on me again this morning.
veritable = used for emphasis to introduce a dramatic metaphor
DefinitionGenerally veritable means:
used for emphasis:  to describe one thing as almost like another (more intense) thing
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-03
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