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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 or opposition
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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
1 use
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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conflagration
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Out on Bluestone Road he thought he heard a conflagration of hasty voices—loud, urgent, all speaking at once so he could not make out what they were talking about or to whom.
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event
DefinitionGenerally conflagration means:
a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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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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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
Sethe's crime was staggering and her pride outstripped even that; but she could not countenance the possibility of sin moving on in the house, unleashed and sassy.
countenance = tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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discriminate
1 use
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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disdain
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Maybe they were sorry for the years of their own disdain. Maybe they were simply nice people who could hold meanness toward each other for just so long and...
disdain = disrespect and rejection
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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divert
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It was only a tiny disturbance anyway—not strong enough to divert her from the ambition welling in her now:
divert = distract (change the direction of attention)
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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exhume
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No smashing with an ax head before it is decently exhumed from the grave that has hidden it all this time.
exhumed = unburied
DefinitionGenerally exhume means:
to unbury a corpse — typically for medical investigation or reburial elsewhere
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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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noisome
1 use
Quiet, primate and completely secret except for the noisome cologne signal that thrilled the rabbits before it confused them.
noisome = bad (causing or able to cause nausea — often from odor)
DefinitionGenerally noisome means:
causing or able to cause nausea — especially from odor

or:

harmful
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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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rancor
1 use
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
3 uses
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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resignation
1 use
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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resolve
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Resolve, he thought. That was all it took, and...
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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sedition
1 use
Nothing since was as stimulating as the old days of letters, petitions, meetings, debates, recruitment, quarrels, rescue and downright sedition.
sedition = illegal acts encouraging resistance to government authority — especially overthrow of the government
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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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