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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 = bitterness or anger
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cajole
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they couldn't cajole him into the dining room
cajole = gently persuade
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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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diffident
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I saw Roskus watching me ... diffident, secret, inarticulate and sad.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive due to a lack of self-confidence
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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exhort
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With subterranean rumblings Queenie jogged slowly down the drive and turned into the street, where Luster exhorted her into a gait resembling a prolonged and suspended fall in a forward direction.
exhorted = urged strongly
DefinitionGenerally exhort means:
to urge strongly
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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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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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indomitable
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...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...
indomitable = impossible to subdue
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paradox
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all stable things had become shadowy paradoxical
paradoxical = seeming impossible (at least on first impression) because things that seem true contradict each other
DefinitionGenerally paradox means:
a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
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putrid
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Created by disease, within putrefaction, into decay.
putrefaction = rotting (the process of biological decay)
DefinitionGenerally putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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somnolent
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...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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sonorous
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...while the voice died in sonorous echoes between the walls.
sonorous = full and deep sounding
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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
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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utilitarian
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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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