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Girl Interrupted

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acquiesce
1 use
He'd flattered me—he understood me well enough to know I craved flattery—and in gratitude, I acquiesced.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied (with his wishes)
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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acute
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acute pain
The resident could put us on that stuff too, in an "acute" situation.
acute = a severely negative event with a rapid onset
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (severe or strong) — usually negative
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adjacent
1 use
He strode off to the adjacent room, where I could hear him talking on the phone.
adjacent = nearby
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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amble
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She wore shorts and tank tops to display her pale wiry limbs, and when she ambled down the hall in the morning to get her laxatives, she swung her ass in insouciant half-circles.
ambled = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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audacious
1 use
Sometimes they had the audacity to ask where someone was.
audacity = boldness to violate social norms
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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chronic
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The result was chronic emptiness and boredom.
chronic = long-lasting (of something bad)
DefinitionGenerally chronic means:
of something bad:  long-lasting or happening all the time — especially of disease
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component
1 use
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.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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conciliatory
1 use
"I've got a bed for you," he said. "It'll be a rest. Just for a couple of weeks, okay?" He sounded conciliatory, or pleading, and I was afraid.
conciliatory = desirous of building trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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converge
1 use
I banged the inside, where the veins converge.
converge = come together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
There were no objective criteria for deciding to put someone into seclusion.
objective = fact-based and not influenced by personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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pernicious
1 use
There were more pernicious results as well:
pernicious = harmful
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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pervasive
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An essential feature of this disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of self-image, interpersonal relationships, and mood, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.
pervasive = commonly seen throughout
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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predominant
1 use
The predominant quality of the slow form is viscosity.
predominant = most noticeable (most important)
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
It's accurate but it isn't profound.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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quibble
1 use
I won't quibble over ten minutes.
quibble = argue (about something unimportant)
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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refute
1 use
I'm tempted to try refuting it, but then I would be open to the further charges of "defensiveness" and "resistance."
refuting = proving it wrong
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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scrutiny
1 use
The patient must lay out the often fantastic assertions of the first interpreter and scrutinize them with the second. The hope is that the second interpreter has, or will learn to have, the wit and insight to disprove some of the ridiculous claims the first interpreter has made over the years.
scrutinize = look at them very carefully

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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superfluous
1 use
"...lovers to have ..." I relish that last phrase. Its awkwardness (the "to have" seems superfluous) gives it substance and heft.
superfluous = more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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taint
2 uses
In the world's terms, though, all of us were tainted.
tainted = spoiled (so as to be undesirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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transient
1 use
During periods of extreme stress, transient psychotic symptoms may occur,
transient = lasting a short time
DefinitionGenerally transient means:
lasting a short time

or:  

one who stays for only a short time
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