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antagonism
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It made him the most visible and memorable person at every gathering, and cartoonists had fastened onto the theatricality of his white hair and big black mustache whenever they depicted local political antagonism.
antagonism = hostility
DefinitionGenerally antagonism means:
hostility, opposition, or tension between opposing forces or ideas
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benevolent
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...asked how he might get North. Free North. Magical North. Welcoming, benevolent North.
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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cleave
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1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
This here Sethe talked about love like any other woman; talked about baby clothes like any other woman, but what she meant could cleave the bone.
cleave = cut through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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contentious
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Now, eight years after her contentious funeral ... he changed his mind.
contentious = combative (involving argument or heated differences)
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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discriminate
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1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
made her believe she could discriminate among them.
discriminate = recognize the differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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futile
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Caught red-handed, so to speak, they would seem to recognize the futility of outsmarting a whiteman and the hopelessness of outrunning a rifle.
futility = pointlessness (because there is no gain from it)
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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indolent
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Plotting has changed Denver markedly. Where she was once indolent, resentful of every task, now she is spry, executing, even extending the assignments Sethe leaves for them.
indolent = lazy (disinclined to work)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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indulgent
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Privacy was an adult indulgence, but when he got to be one, he seemed not to need it.
indulgence = thing enjoyed
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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listless
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Listless and sleepy with hunger Denver saw the flesh between her mother's forefinger and thumb fade.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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perfunctory
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Together they waged a perfunctory battle against the outrageous behavior of that place; against turned-over slop jars, smacks on the behind, and gusts of sour air.
perfunctory = done quickly without concern or attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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profound
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1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Sethe learned the profound satisfaction Beloved got from storytelling.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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rancor
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she dispensed with rancor, was indiscriminately polite, saving her real affection for the unpicked children of Cincinnati,
rancor = deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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rebuke
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all that had been mocked and rebuked by the bloodspill in her backyard.
rebuked = criticized severely
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
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rectify
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If I did you harm, I'm here to rectify it.
rectify = fix or make right
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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reproach
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Buglar and Howard grew furious at the company of the women in the house, and spent in sullen reproach any time they had away from their odd work...
reproach = criticism
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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resignation
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1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
...resigned to life without aunts, cousins, children.
resigned = Having accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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scrutiny
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Beloved did not look at Paul D; her scrutiny was for Sethe.
scrutiny = careful look
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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simulate
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Later he punctured her calf to simulate snakebite so she could use it in some way as an excuse for not being on time to shake worms from tobacco leaves.
simulate = imitate
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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tranquil
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A tranquil Republic?
tranquil = calm and undisturbed
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undulate
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followed her through the door straight into a pool of red and undulating light that locked him where he stood.
undulating = a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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