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Franny and Zooey
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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
Zooey looked around abruptly at Franny,
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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apparent
25 uses
...it was apparent that she felt there was some kind of injustice in the air.
apparent = clear (obvious)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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censure
2 uses
Her tone couldn't have held more wonder and censure if...
censure = harsh criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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condescending
1 use
The letter itself was virtually endless in length, overwritten, teaching, repetitious, opinionated, remonstrative, condescending, embarrassing—and filled, to a surfeit, with affection.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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contrite
1 use
The color of his pallor, however, was a curiously basic white—unmixed, that is, with the greens and yellows of guilt or abject contrition.
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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deprecate
1 use
A year or so earlier, in an unwarrantably self-deprecating paragraph of a letter to her brother Buddy, she had referred to her own figure as...
self-deprecating = belittling or disapproving
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to belittle (diminish the value of) or express disapproval of something
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dissent
1 use
The dissenting group ... consists of...
dissenting = disagreeing
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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fastidious
1 use
The workmanship was no less fastidious...
fastidious = with great care to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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guile
1 use
Franny blew her nose with guileless abandon;
guileless = without cunning (unconsidered)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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hackneyed
1 use
It was fresh enough, at least, and it was his own, it wasn't part of a hackneyed trend in scripts.
hackneyed = overused
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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inert
1 use
With his face in his hands ..., Zooey sat at Seymour's old desk, inert, but not asleep, for a good twenty minutes.
inert = not moving
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
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innumerable
1 use
However innumerable beings are, I vow to save them; however inexhaustible the passions are, I vow to extinguish them; however immeasurable the Dharmas are, I vow to master them; however incomparable the Buddha-truth is, I vow to attain it.
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
It was a tailored tie-silk dressing gown, beige, with a pretty pattern of minute pink tea roses.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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pithy
1 use
Solomon would have had a few pithy words for the occasion.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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poignant
1 use
And I know, sir, that next to scripts that are Tender and Poignant, you love scripts that have Courage and Integrity.
poignant = profoundly touching the emotions
DefinitionGenerally poignant means:
profoundly touching the emotions —  especially sadness or pity
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precocious
2 uses
professional educator who takes a special interest in extra-precocious children.
precocious = showing early development in ability
DefinitionGenerally precocious means:
early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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remonstrate
1 use
The letter itself was virtually endless in length, overwritten, teaching, repetitious, opinionated, remonstrative, condescending, embarrassing—and filled, to a surfeit, with affection.
remonstrative = (written) in a manner that argues in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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reticent
1 use
Pour your heart out to me, Bessie. Don't be reticent.
reticent = reluctant
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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supine
1 use
Then, on a sudden but apparently pressing impulse, he stretched out supine on the carpet.
supine = lying down face upward
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suppress
4 uses
She cried without trying to suppress any of the noisier manifestations of grief and confusion,
suppress = keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
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