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abstract
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abstract thought
He wrote letters full of symbolic, abstract images — especially butterflies — evidently trying to express his trembling uncertainty and, probably, guilt.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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acute
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1  —1 use as in:
acute sense of smell
They were, nonetheless, acutely aware of the special role that the city was destined to play in the world's memory.
acutely = in a manner showing sharp perception
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
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amity
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It drew maps with avenues a hundred yards wide and thought seriously of preserving the half-ruined Museum of Science and Industry more or less as it was, as a monument to the disaster, and naming it the Institute of International Amity.
amity = a state of friendly relations
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apathy
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...already growing apathetic and dazed in the presence of the cumulative distress,
apathetic = uninterested (in this case: in new details of the surrounding suffering)
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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approximate
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The Japanese scientists thought they knew the exact height at which the bomb at Hiroshima was exploded and the approximate weight of the uranium used.
approximate = almost, but not exact
DefinitionGenerally approximate means:
almost, but not exact; or similar
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capricious
1 use
...they were coming down with the strange, capricious disease which came later to be known as radiation sickness.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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chagrin
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Newspapers called them, to their chagrin, Genbaku Otome, a phrase that was translated into English, literally, as A-Bomb Maidens.
chagrin = bad feeling such as embarrassment, disappointment, or annoyance
DefinitionGenerally chagrin means:
a bad feeling such as embarrassment, disappointment, or annoyance — especially due to a disconcerting event, mistake or other blow to the ego
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deride
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Several times he had derided Christianity and called it un-Japanese.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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destitute
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Hatsuyo Nakamura, weak and destitute, began a courageous struggle, which would last for many years, to keep her children and herself alive.
destitute = extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter
DefinitionGenerally destitute means:
extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter

The expression "destitute of" means:  lacking
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elated
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One feeling they did seem to share, however, was a curious kind of elated community spirit, something like that of the Londoners after their blitz — a pride in the way they and their fellow-survivors had stood up to a dreadful ordeal.
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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extricate
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Dr Fujii went down into the water under the bridge, where a score of people had already taken refuge, among them his servants, who had extricated themselves from the wreckage.
extricated = freed
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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fracture
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Her leg had been so swollen and painful all along that the doctor had not even tried to set the fractures,
fractures = breaks (in this case, in the bone)
DefinitionGenerally fracture means:
a crack (or break) of a hard object — such as bone or rock; or the act of cracking or breaking
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futile
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Because he had no church into which to lure converts, if there should be any, Kiyoshi Tanimoto soon realized, the futility of this evangelism.
futility = pointlessness
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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incessant
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according to Japanese custom, when a person falls sick and goes to a hospital, one or more members of his family go and live there with him, to cook for him, bathe, massage, and read to him, and to offer incessant familial sympathy, without which a Japanese patient would be miserable indeed.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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iniquity
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Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.
iniquities = sins (immoral or unjust acts)
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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latent
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And, later on, other forms of cancer besides leukemia, with longer periods of latency, were showing up at higher than normal rates:
latency = the amount of time before something that exists is evident or active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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notorious
3 uses
who ... was notoriously selfish and cruel,
notoriously = well known, in a bad way, for being
DefinitionGenerally notorious means:
well known for something bad
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
who had resigned from the Air Force
resigned = quit (in this case, he didn't re-enlist)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
the Buddhist belief that resignation might lead to clear vision
resignation = acceptance of things undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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serene
2 uses
He was stretched out on his back, looking serene.
serene = calm and untroubled
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