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A Farewell to Arms
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buttress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a flying buttress
There was a soldier standing with his girl in the shadow of one of the stone buttresses ahead of us
buttresses = 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
We're not cloistered.
cloistered = secluded 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 bump on my forehead was swollen and I stopped the bleeding by lying still and letting it coagulate,
coagulate = change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state (in this case, form a scab)
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
I stared at him contemptuously
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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converge
1 use
There were many trucks too and some carts going through on other streets and converging on the main road.
converging = coming together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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denounce
1 use
Don't denounce me. You know we like each other.
denounce = strongly criticize
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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dominate
1 use
It was a high snowy mountain and it dominated the valley but it was so far away that it did not make a shadow.
dominated = was far more conspicuous (noticeable) than
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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elated
1 use
He acted very elated now.
elated = excited and happy
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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feigned
1 use
...the injustices he had received ... of which I had never heard, I feigned acquaintance.
feigned = pretended to have
DefinitionGenerally feigned means:
pretended — usually pretending to feel something
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grave
1 use
Because you are gravely wounded.
gravely = seriously
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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haughty
1 use
His attitude toward us became less haughty.
haughty = condescending
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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impartial
1 use
It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.
impartially = without favoritism or bias
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ingenious
1 use
They are an ingenious people,
ingenious = inventive and skilled
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing inventiveness and skill
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Monsieur
3 uses
Were you not, monsieur?
Monsieur = sir (in French — a polite way to address a male)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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prescribe
1 use
Only if the doctor prescribes it.
prescribes = gives medical instructions ordering
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Profound wounds of right knee and foot.
profound = intense
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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sacrilege
1 use
Don't be sacrilegious.
sacrilegious = disrespectful of something others consider important
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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scrutiny
1 use
The officers were scrutinizing every one in the column,
scrutinizing = carefully looking at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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sullen
1 use
The retreat was orderly, wet and sullen. In the night, going slowly along the crowded roads we...
sullen = sluggish (or possibly gloomy)

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of sullen, but this editor suspects Hemmingway was saying that the retreat was moving slowly. It's possible he was referring to another sense of sullen. He might have been referring to the mood of the soldiers or even the color of the sky. Good novelists sometimes help to create a mood with words that trigger multiple related senses in the reader's brain. All of these senses contribute to a feeling of gloom.)
DefinitionGenerally sullen means:
showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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treachery
1 use
It is because of treachery such as yours that we have lost the fruits of victory.
treachery = deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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