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The Sound and the Fury

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anecdote
1 use
Her autobiography is sprinkled with amusing anecdotes.
anecdotes = short true stories
DefinitionGenerally anecdote means:
a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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approbation
1 use
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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arbiter
2 uses
She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
arbiter = someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation
DefinitionGenerally arbiter means:
someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation

or:

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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arbitrary
2 uses
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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condone
1 use
Such behavior is permitted, but we certainly don't condone it.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
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congregation
1 use
It's a casual congregation where many people wander into services late.
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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consternation
2 uses
Much to the consternation of Congress, raising the tax decreased tax collections as manufacturers moved to other countries.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
DefinitionGenerally consternation means:
dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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nostalgia
1 use
The music makes me feel nostalgic.
nostalgic = with a longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —5 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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pervasive
1 use
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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putrid
2 uses
The meat was putrid and covered with maggots.
putrid = in an advanced state of decomposition with a foul odor
DefinitionGenerally putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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reproach
3 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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sonorous
1 use
The candidate discussed weighty matters in rich, sonorous tones.
sonorous = (of sound:) full and deep
DefinitionGenerally sonorous means:
full and deep sounding
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1st useChapter 4
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
It is a beautiful picture taken in twilight.
twilight = the light from the sky in the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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