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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute vision
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)

(often with a connotation that resulting awareness is painful)
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ambiguous
1 use
her role seemed to be ambiguous
ambiguous = unclear
DefinitionGenerally ambiguous means:
unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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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
3 uses
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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atom
37 uses
...the city had been destroyed by the energy released when atoms were somehow split in two.
atoms = a group of the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means
DefinitionGenerally atom means:
the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
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atrophy
2 uses
Her ... thigh was atrophied by the deep incisions Dr. Sasaki had made.
atrophied = made weaker (and smaller)
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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chagrin
2 uses
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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conflagration
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Seeing fire breaking out in a nearby ruin (except at the very center where the bomb itself ignited some fires, most of Hiroshima's city-wide conflagration was caused by inflammable wreckage falling on cook-stoves and live wires.)
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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destitute
2 uses
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

or in the form "destitute of":  lacking
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extricate
1 use
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 them- selves from the wreckage.
extricated = released from entanglement
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
release from entanglement or difficulty
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fracture
10 uses
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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iniquity
1 use
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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Jesuit
19 uses
She sent Myeko to the kindergarten which the Jesuits reopened,
Jesuits = members of a Christian organization known for their schools and missionary work
DefinitionGenerally Jesuit means:
a member of the Society of Jesus (known for their schools and missionary work)
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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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philanthropy
1 use
...a man famous in Hiroshima for his showy philanthropies...
philanthropies = actions taken to help others — probably by donating money
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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radiation
22 uses
...statisticians calculated that about twenty-five per cent had died of direct burns from the bomb, about fifty per cent from other injuries, and about twenty per cent as a result of radiation effects.
radiation = particles emitted by nuclear decay (i.e., particles smaller than an atom that are sent out due to radioactivity)
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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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