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The Iceman Cometh

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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
Abruptly he becomes sincerely sympathetic and earnest.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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belittle
1 use
LARRY—(with forced belittling casualness) He doesn't.†
belittling = making someone or something seem less important
DefinitionGenerally belittle means:
to make someone or something seem less important
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benevolent
1 use
JIMMY—(with bleery benevolence, shaking his head in mild rebuke) No, Larry, old friend, you can't deceive me. You pretend a bitter, cynic philosophy, but in your heart you are the kindest man among us.
benevolence = kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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caustic
1 use
HOPE—(caustically) Yes, and bejees, if I ever seen you throw fifty cents on the bar now, I'd know I had delirium tremens!†
caustically = sarcastically or critically
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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content
11 uses
By rights you should be contented now, without a single damned hope or lying dream left to torment you!
contented = satisfied
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credulous
2 uses
They've all a touching credulity concerning tomorrows.
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Not in the time at my disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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earnest
12 uses
(earnestly) I mean every word of that, too—and then some!
earnestly = sincerely or seriously
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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epitaph
1 use
That's his epitaph.†
epitaph = a short text in memory of a dead person
DefinitionGenerally epitaph means:
a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
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exasperated
9 uses
more exasperated than angry
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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flaccid
1 use
A Dutch farmer type, his once great muscular strength has been debauched into flaccid tallow.†
flaccid = lacking in firmness or strength
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grave
1 use
LEWIS—(smiling amiably) As for you, my balmy Boer that walks like a man, I say again it was a grave error in our foreign policy ever to set you free, once we nabbed you and your commando with Cronje.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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indifferent
6 uses
ROCKY—(shrugs his shoulders—indifferently) 'Well, don't tink I'm interested in dis Parritt guy.'
indifferently = unconcerned (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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indignant
10 uses
tearfully indignant
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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irascible
4 uses
It is entirely different from the usual irascible beefing he delights in and which no one takes seriously.
irascible = easily angered
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lockjaw
2 uses
(acidly) Any time you only take one sip of a drink, you'll have lockjaw and paralysis!†
lockjaw = a spasm of the jaw muscles so that the jaw remains tightly closed — caused by a bacterial infection that is typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object
DefinitionGenerally lockjaw means:
a bacterial infection typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object; causes a spasm of the jaw muscles so that the jaw remains tightly closed; prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine and by subsequent booster shots every 10 years
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mollify
3 uses
CHUCK—(mollifyingly) Yeah, Baby, sure.†
mollifyingly = calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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paralysis
13 uses
But Lewis, his hand about to push the swinging doors open, hesitates, as though struck by a sudden paralysis of the will,
paralysis = loss of the ability to move
DefinitionGenerally paralysis means:
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
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pugnacious
2 uses
In Hope the effect is apparent only in a bristling, touchy, pugnacious attitude.†
pugnacious = quick to fight or argue
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stagnate
1 use
There is an atmosphere of oppressive stagnation in the room,
stagnation = dullness (from nothing developing beyond the same old routine)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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