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Murder On The Orient Express

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abominable
3 uses
"It was an abominable crime," said Poirot gravely.
abominable = exceptionally bad or detestable
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1st useChapter 2.11
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acute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
It was at this minute that the position of Countess Andrenyi became acute, and her husband immediately took steps to alter the passport.
acute = rapidly and severely negative
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (severe or strong) — usually negative
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2  —1 use as in:
acute sense of smell
I have learned to be very acute — to read the face.
acute = highly perceptive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
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benevolent
2 uses
...noting the false benevolence of the brow and the small, cruel eyes.
benevolence = kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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consequence
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
of little consequence
I said that it was of no consequence.†
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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correspond
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
There has been a long, vexatious correspondence on the subject.†
correspondence = communication by writing letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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didactic
1 use
M. Bouc continued somewhat didactically.
didactically = in a manner intended to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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dubious
1 use
"I doubt if she would have had the strength to inflict that left-handed blow," said Dr. Constantine dubiously.
dubiously = doubtfully
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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duplicity
1 use
"Such duplicity is terrible," said M. Bouc.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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egress
1 use
He hastily thrust the uniform into a suitcase in an empty compartment, and a few minutes later, dressed in ordinary clothes, he left the train just before it started off, using the same means for egress-the door near the dining-car.
egress = exit
DefinitionGenerally egress means:
to exit
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impetuous
1 use
She looked at him with a sudden impetuosity.
impetuosity = impulsiveness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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incisive
1 use
It still had the southern richness of tone, but it had become suddenly more clear cut and incisive.
incisive = penetrating
DefinitionGenerally incisive means:
direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression — often indicating a decisive person (makes decisions quickly) or a penetrating mind
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indolent
1 use
"Why," she said, "you just can't apply American methods in this country. It's natural to the folks here to be indolent," she said.
indolent = disinclined to work
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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placid
3 uses
She did so, folding her hands and waiting placidly till he questioned her.
placidly = calmly
DefinitionGenerally placid means:
calm and not easily excited
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redolent
1 use
M. Bouc's tone was redolent of heartfelt disgust.
redolent = filled with (brought to mind)
DefinitionGenerally redolent means:
reminiscent (serving to bring to mind)

or:

or smelling like something; or having a sweet fragrance
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
A very distinguished officer had committed suicide, another had suddenly resigned,
resigned = quit (from a job or position)
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
"Well, nothing in the world would surprise me now," said Mr. Hardman with quiet resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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simile
1 use
He stopped, at a loss for a simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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stolid
1 use
The stolidity of the German woman underwent a sudden change.
stolidity = state of not showing emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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susceptible
1 use
"He is susceptible, our Colonel," thought Hercule Poirot to himself with some amusement.
susceptible = easily influenced
DefinitionGenerally susceptible means:
easily influenced or harmed

or:

capable of being treated in a particular way
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