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For Whom the Bell Tolls

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amiable
1 use
You're not very amiable.
amiable = friendly
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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1st useChapter 36
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anarchy
2 uses
Long live Anarchy and Liberty...
anarchy = freedom from any governmental authority
DefinitionGenerally anarchy means:
the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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brusque
1 use
He said it brusquely to build himself up again.
brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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1st useChapter 42
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contrite
2 uses
...and started an act of contrition racing in it, "Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee who art worthy of all my love—"
contrition = a prayer or other action done to amend for a sin

(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 contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 27
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denounce
1 use
Go and suspect and exhort and intervene and denounce and butcher some other place and leave my staff alone.
denounce = criticize or accuse publicly
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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1st useChapter 42
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desist
1 use
Desist from thy lecture.
desist = stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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distend
1 use
the dusty, heavily distended, black-tarred wineskin that hung neck down from the wall
distended = extended (swollen outward)
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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duplicity
1 use
We detest with horror the duplicity and villainy of...
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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elated
1 use
In all hunting I have had an elation and no feeling of wrong.
elation = feeling of happiness and excitement

(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 elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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1st useChapter 43
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flaccid
1 use
He is very flaccid.
flaccid = lacking in strength or firmness
DefinitionGenerally flaccid means:
lacking in firmness or strength
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focus
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
He sat there, his moustache and his eyes focused on the map, on the map that he never truly understood, on the brown tracing of the contours that were traced fine and concentric as a spider's web.†
focused = looked
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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1st useChapter 42
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
grave
4 uses
...trying to make a joke, but they were all too grave for a joke and no one smiled.
grave = serious
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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1st useChapter 9
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heresy
2 uses
It was a heresy of crackpots and wild men and it was really just an infantilism.
heresy = opinions and actions counter to what is considered proper
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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1st useChapter 13
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however   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
It is not well taken, however, and I do not agree.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
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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1st useChapter 42
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
And however much he brought, send back for more.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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1st useChapter 23
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3  —1 use as in:
However you do it, get it done!
_ I'm all right now however she goes.†
however = in whatever way
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impede
1 use
Once tonight we have been impeded by the ignorance of the anarchists.
impeded = slowed or stopped
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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1st useChapter 42
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infamous
1 use
I have sent a cable describing the wickedness of that infamous organization of Trotskyite murderers
infamous = having an exceedingly bad reputation
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1st useChapter 18
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petulant
1 use
His wound was making him sound petulant.
petulant = easily upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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1st useChapter 18
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precocious
1 use
She spoke as though she were talking to a precocious child.
precocious = a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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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