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The Sound and the Fury

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abject
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But he bellowed slowly, abjectly, without tears; the grave hopeless sound of all voiceless misery under the sun.
abjectly = in an extremely miserable, hopeless manner
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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acrimony
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suddenly the acrimony, the conflict, was gone from their voices
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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decorum
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...he thought of the people soon to be going quietly home to Sunday dinner, decorously festive,
decorously = properly and tastefully
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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discern
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...it seemed to me that I discerned something affirmative,
discerned = noticed
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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flaccid
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It was as though his eyes were holding their breath, while his mother looked at him, her face flaccid and...
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 responded with a hearty florid gesture.
florid = elaborate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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garrulous
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he was always in or out of your room, ubiquitous and garrulous,
garrulous = talkative
DefinitionGenerally garrulous means:
talkative — especially about trivial matters
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grave
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But he bellowed slowly, abjectly, without tears; the grave hopeless sound of all voiceless misery under the sun.
grave = sad
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
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They all talked at once ... making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words.
incontrovertible = undeniable
DefinitionGenerally incontrovertible means:
undeniable (obviously true—at least upon investigation)
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oblivious
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You can be oblivious to the sound for a long while,
oblivious = unaware of
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obtuse
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It was as though his eyes were holding their breath, while his mother looked at him ... clairvoyant yet obtuse.
obtuse = slow to learn or understand
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querulous
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cold and querulous
querulous = habitually complaining
DefinitionGenerally querulous means:
habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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remorse
2 uses
no man ever does that under the first fury of despair or remorse or bereavement
remorse = feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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serene
9 uses
she looked at me then everything emptied out of her eyes and they looked like the eyes in statues blank and unseeing and serene
serene = calm and untroubled
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somnolent
1 use
...skin that tightened again upon a paunch ..., as though muscle and tissue had been courage or fortitude which the days or the years had consumed until only the indomitable skeleton was left rising like a ruin or a landmark above the somnolent and impervious guts ,and...
somnolent = drowsy (sleepy)
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staid
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...men in staid, hard brown or black, with gold watch chains and now and then a stick;
staid = conservative  — possibly a bit dull
DefinitionGenerally staid means:
respectable or conservative, and low-keyed in behavior — possibly a bit dull
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timorous
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And knowing your Mother's delicate health and that timorousness which such delicately nurtured Southern ladies would naturally feel regarding matters of business...
timorousness = timidity

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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utilitarian
1 use
They were set in small grassless plots littered with broken things, bricks, planks, crockery, things of a once utilitarian value.
utilitarian = designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
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virtuoso
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They even forgot his insignificant appearance in the virtuosity with which he...
virtuosity = spectacular skill
DefinitionGenerally virtuoso means:
someone who is spectacularly skilled in a particular field
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wizened
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He had a wizened black face like a small, aged monkey.
wizened = lean and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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