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A Farewell to Arms

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buttress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a flying buttress
The buttress wall supports the main wall while preserving an open feel in the house.
buttress = an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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cloister
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cloister ourselves away
She cloistered herself in the office.
cloistered = secluded from the world (kept separate from the world)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cloister means:
seclude from the world (kept separate from the world)
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coagulate
2 uses
The blood began to coagulate.
coagulate = change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
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conspicuous
1 use
She tried not to look conspicuous as she slipped into class after the tardy bell.
conspicuous = easily noticed — typically attracting attention such as by being large, flashy, or unusual
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dialect
4 uses
It's not uncommon to hear "y'all" when talking in the American south where the rural areas still have a distinct dialect.
dialect = a regional variety of a language
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dominate
1 use
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled (were much more powerful than)
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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edify
1 use
She edifies and inspires supporters everywhere she speaks.
edifies = teaches or instructs
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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elated
1 use
I felt elated the first day of summer break.
elated = happy and excited
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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1st useBook 3
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feigned
1 use
She feigned sleep.
feigned = pretended to
DefinitionGenerally feigned means:
pretended — usually pretending to feel something
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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haughty
1 use
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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however
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
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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Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
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impartial
1 use
An impartial judge is necessary for a fair trial.
impartial = without favoritism or bias
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ingenious
1 use
It is an ingenious solution to the problem. It is as reliable as it is easy.
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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Monsieur
3 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
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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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
She changed from a happy, outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = unhappy and withdrawn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a tentative plan
My plans are still tentative.
tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 4
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tetanus
2 uses
The Masai guide said members of his tribe have a gap cut between their front teeth so that nutrients cam be consumed in the event of tetanus (lockjaw).
tetanus = a deadly bacterial infection that results in muscle spasms whose symptoms include locking the jaw tightly closed
DefinitionGenerally tetanus means:
a bacterial infection typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object; prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine and by subsequent booster shots every 10 years
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treachery
1 use
Benedict Arnold remains the U.S.'s symbol of ultimate treachery.
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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