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acquire
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what's wrong with a man becoming intelligent and wanting to acquire knowledge and understanding of the world around him?
acquire = come into possession
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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calculus
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i find the calculus of intelligence to be a fascinating study. here is the place for the application of all the knowledge i have acquired.
calculus = system of reasoning about or understanding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of calculus means:
any system or process used to calculate values or to reason

or:

the branch of mathematics that is concerned with continuously changing values
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conflict
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i just looked up the word in the dictionary dr strauss gave me. the word is subconscious. adj. of the nature of mental operations yet not present in consciousness; as, subconscious conflict of desires.†
conflict = struggle or disagreement
DefinitionGenerally conflict means:
a struggle or disagreement (in various senses such as:)
  • a serious disagreement
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings
  • a violent fight or war
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contrary
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contrary to
contrary to my earlier impressions of him, i realize that dr. nemur is not at all a genius.
contrary to = in opposition to
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despise
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before, they laughed at me and despised me for my ignorance and dullness; now, they hate me for my knowledge and understanding.
despised = disliked strongly and looked down on with disdain
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to strongly dislike — and often to look down upon with disrespect
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direct
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1  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
the hypothesis here proven may be described simply in the following terms: artificially increased inteffigence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the quantity of the increase.
directly = exactly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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equivalent
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i tried to avoid all discussions of intellectual concepts and to keep the conversation on a simple, everyday level, but she just stared at me blankly and asked me what i meant about the mathematical variance equivalent in dorbermann's fifth concerto.
equivalent = something that is in some way the same or equal to something else
DefinitionGenerally equivalent means:
being equal or essentially equal
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grave
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i put flowers on algernons grave about once a week.
grave = serious and solemn
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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however
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However, complications may...
...i will continue to record my thoughts in these progress reports. it is one of my few pleasures. however, by all indications, my own mental deterioration will be very rapid.†
however = though (used 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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indicate
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there is an accelerated loss of co-ordination. however, by all indications, my own mental deterioration will be very rapid.
indications = things that serve as signs to show other things
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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infuriate
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it infuriated me to think that not too long ago I, like this boy, had foolishly played the clown.
infuriated = annoyed or made angry
DefinitionGenerally infuriate means:
to make very angry or annoyed
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mockery
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i thought he was mocking me and i'm oversensitive at being made fun of.
mocking = ridiculing (making fun of)
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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neurology
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he was educated in the tradition of narrow specialization; the broader aspects of background were neglected far more than necessary—even for a neurosurgeon.
neurosurgeon = a surgeon who deals with the nervous system (including the brain)
DefinitionGenerally neurology means:
the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system (including the brain)
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Paradise Lost
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i remembered how great i thought john milton was, but when i picked up paradise lost i couldn't understand it at all.
Paradise Lost = admired Milton epic poem of original sin (1667)
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Robinson Crusoe
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its called robinson crusoe about a man who gets merooned on a dessert iland.
Robinson Crusoe = Daniel Defoe's famous novel and the name of its main character — a shipwrecked English sailor who survives on a small tropical island (1719)
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rote
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...the movies or tv but i said they are in the closit in the hall. i got them. then i said let me see that card agen i bet ill find it now. i tryed hard but i still coudnt find the picturs i only saw the ink. i told him maybe i need new glases. he rote somthing down on a paper and i got skared of faling the test. i told him it was a very nice inkblot with littel points al around the eges. he looked very sad so that wasnt it. i said please let me try agen. ill get it in a few minits becaus...†
rote = memorization by repetition
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senile
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symptoms of senility
senility = mental weakness caused by old age
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sheer
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1  —1 use as in:
sheer fun
Most of my writing time is spent on the notes which I keep in a separate folder, but from time to time I feel it necessary to put down my moods and my thoughts out of sheer habit.
sheer = pure — without other reasons
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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specter
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...it necessary to see tangible results of his work. undoubtedly the result of pressure by mrs. nemur. contrary to my earlier impressions of him, i realize that dr. nemur is not at all a genius. he has a very good mind, but it struggles under the spectre of self-doubt. he wants people to take him for a genius. therefore, it is important for him to feel that his work is accepted by the world. i believe that dr. nemur was afraid of further delay because he worried that someone else might...†
spectre = a mental image of something frightening or disturbing

or:

a ghostly appearing image
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tradition
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...he worried that someone else might make a discovery along these lines and take the credit from him. dr. strauss on the other hand might be called a genius, although i feel that his areas of knowledge are too limited. he was educated in the tradition of narrow specialization; the broader aspects of background were neglected far more than necessary—even for a neurosurgeon. i was shocked to learn that the only ancient languages he could read were latin, greek, and hebrew, and that he...†
tradition = a long-established or previously long-established practice or belief

and/or:

one or more practices, beliefs, or stories passed down through generations within a specific culture or group
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