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Girl Interrupted

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agitate
4 uses
We fell silent, listening for ... the sort of agitation an escape provokes.
agitation = unrest (anxiety)

(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 agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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anxiety
3 uses
But as soon as her long tapered back had receded down the hall and out the double-locked double doors, we were overcome by gloom shot through with anxiety:
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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appropriate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it is appropriate
What would have been an appropriate level of intensity for my anger at feeling shut out of life?
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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arrogant
1 use
She didn't like me because I was arrogant and uncooperative
arrogant = with an excessive sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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beckon
4 uses
After a while he beckoned me over with one of his long arms.
beckoned = called (to come)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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chaos
1 use
The chaotic unplanned life of the patient at present with...
chaotic = confused and disordered
DefinitionGenerally chaos means:
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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criteria
2 uses
There were no objective criteria for deciding to put someone into seclusion.
criteria = reference points against which things can be evaluated
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diagnose
21 uses
Lisa Cody didn't have a diagnosis yet.
diagnosis = determination of the cause of her illness
DefinitionGenerally diagnose means:
determine or identify the nature of a problem or an illness
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elusive
1 use
All these things were slippery and elusive.
elusive = difficult to get a hold of
DefinitionGenerally elusive means:
difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
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exemplary
1 use
Mental illness seems to be a communication problem between interpreters one and two. An exemplary piece of confusion:
INTERPRETER ONE: There's a tiger in the corner.
INTERPRETER TWO: No, that's not a tiger—that's a bureau.
exemplary = an especially good (example)
DefinitionGenerally exemplary means:
serving as an example — especially one from which to draw a lesson

For instance:

        an example to copy:  exemplary behavior

        an example to avoid:  exemplary punishment
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focus
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Trying to diminish the size of your tongue, you focus your attention on its components: tip, smooth,-back, bumpy,-sides, scratchy, as noted earlier (vitamin deficiency), roots—trouble.†
focus = concentrate
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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however
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
However, complications may...
These two groups of writers, however, don't seem to read each other's work.†
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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inevitable
1 use
It's like the flu: first a sore throat, then, inevitably, a stuffy nose and a cough.
inevitably = certain to follow
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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innate
1 use
All that stuff they always had trouble treating they now treat  chemically. Take two Lithium and don't call me in the morning because there's nothing to say, it's innate.
innate = an inseparable part (of you)
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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nonchalant
1 use
...they had assumed the Nonchalant Look, an expression that said, I am not a nurse escorting six lunatics to the ice cream parlor.
nonchalant = appearing unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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obliterate
1 use
The entire world was obliterated—for a few minutes.
obliterated = completely done away with
DefinitionGenerally obliterate means:
do away with completely
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ominous
1 use
When I got my diagnosis it didn't sound serious, but after a while it sounded more ominous than other people's.
ominous = threatening or suggestive of bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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paradox
2 uses
There are roots to the tongue. You've seen them, and if you put your finger in your mouth you can feel them, but you can't feel them with the tongue. It's a paradox.
paradox = a situation that is true but is surprising because parts of it seem to contradict each other
DefinitionGenerally paradox means:
a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
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provincial
1 use
It was as if we were a provincial audience,
provincial = unsophisticated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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provoke
4 uses
We fell silent, listening for agitation in the nursing station—the sort of agitation an escape provokes.
provokes = causes to happen
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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