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The Sound and the Fury

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abject
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As the world grows more affluent, our definition of abject poverty changes.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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discern
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The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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flaccid
1 use
His flaccid handshake, didn't fill me with confidence.
flaccid = lacking firmness or strength
DefinitionGenerally flaccid means:
lacking in firmness or strength
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florid
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1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
He welcomed them with a florid bow and greeting.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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garrulous
1 use
He's a garrulous guy who always has a good joke to share.
garrulous = talkative
DefinitionGenerally garrulous means:
talkative — especially about trivial matters
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grave
2 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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incontrovertible
2 uses
We have incontrovertible proof that the defendant is guilty.
incontrovertible = undeniable
DefinitionGenerally incontrovertible means:
undeniable (obviously true—at least upon investigation)
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oblivious
1 use
She is oblivious to the dangers.
oblivious = unaware of
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obtuse
1 use
too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior†
obtuse = slow to learn or understand
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querulous
2 uses
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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remorse
2 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = regret for doing something wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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serene
9 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
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somnolent
1 use
She argues that the organization has grown somnolent and needs shaking up.
somnolent = drowsy (sleepy)
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staid
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She is from a staid, conservative family.
staid = respectable or conservative, and low-keyed in behavior — possibly a bit dull
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timorous
1 use
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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utilitarian
1 use
She likes plain utilitarian kitchenware.
utilitarian = designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
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virtuoso
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She is a violin virtuoso.
virtuoso = someone who is spectacularly skilled in a particular field
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wizened
1 use
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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