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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
He was wet through with sweat and he knew the bomb advocate was perfectly capable of tossing a grenade at any moment.
advocate = a person who publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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arrogant
4 uses
I walked away from him with a certain amount of arrogance and much style and...
arrogance = an excessive sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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1st useChapter 28
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benevolent
1 use
...the humanizing possibility of benevolent intervention.
benevolent = kind and generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 42
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blasphemy
3 uses
And this foul mouth stands there bringing more ill fortune with his blasphemies.
blasphemies = disrespect of that which is sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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1st useChapter 27
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consummate
1 use
Now we come for something of consummate importance and...
consummate = having a quality to an extreme degree (in this case, of "extreme importance".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
His rage began to thin as he exaggerated more and more and spread his scorn and contempt so widely and unjustly that he could no longer believe in it himself.
contempt = lack of respect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 16
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convoluted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convoluted folds of the brain
he held her tighter and ran the tip of his tongue along her cheek and onto the lobe of her ear and along the lovely convolutions to the sweet, firm rim at the top,
convolutions = curves and folds

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
having complex coils, folds, twists, or irregularities
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
...is no other one but one now, one, going now, rising now, sailing now, leaving now, wheeling now, soaring now, away now, all the way now, all of all the way now; one and one is one, is one, is one, is one, is still one, is still one, is one descendingly, is one softly, is one longingly, is one kindly, is one happily, is one in goodness, is one to cherish, is one now on earth with elbows against the cut and slept-on branches of the pine tree with the smell of the pine boughs and the...†
descendingly = in a manner that moves downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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1st useChapter 37
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dexterity
1 use
"But very dexterous at producing explosions," the gypsy said.
dexterous = adroit
DefinitionGenerally dexterity means:
adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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diffident
1 use
Blanquet spoke of this afterwards with much diffidence...
diffidence = lack of self-confidence
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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hemorrhage
3 uses
It was as good a thing for his spirit as a saline injection is for a man who has suffered a great hemorrhage.
hemorrhage = loss of blood
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
severe bleeding — typically inside the body

or:

figurative use  to describe any rapid loss
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1st useChapter 29
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insolent
5 uses
But he had more brains and more inner dignity and outer insolence and humor than any man that he had ever known.
insolence = rude disrespect
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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1st useChapter 40
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partisan
7 uses
That was before the first "partizan" groups had been formed;
partizan = strongly supporting an idea (in this case, the overthrow of the  fascist government)
DefinitionGenerally partisan means:
someone or an adjective describing someone who strongly supports a person, group, or idea
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1st useChapter 11
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peasant
45 uses
Is the land there owned by the peasants?
peasants = poor farmers
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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1st useChapter 10
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reproach
2 uses
You do not reproach me?
reproach = criticize
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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1st useChapter 10
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republic
61 uses
I have heard that you are an excellent guerilla leader, that you are loyal to the republic...
republic = a system of government in which a majority of citizens elect representatives to make laws
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1st useChapter 1
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
We do not want any citizens full of heroic resignation in these hills.
resignation = acceptance of something undesired as the lesser of evils (in this case, death)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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1st useChapter 30
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sentry
74 uses
The sentry was standing, his back toward them, at the far end of the bridge.
sentry = guard
DefinitionGenerally sentry means:
someone who stands guard
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1st useChapter 1
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stolid
2 uses
Fernando said stolidly.
stolidly = having or revealing little emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a scheming, treacherous assistant
Oh, the dirty, vile, treacherous sod.
treacherous = guilty of betrayal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
guilty of betrayal or deception or likely to betray or deceive
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1st useChapter 35
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