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capacious
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Glancing around the helicopter's capacious interior, I tried to fix the names of my teammates in my memory.
capacious = large in capacity
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censure
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How can it be explained, not only to loved ones left behind, but to a censorious public?
censorious = critical
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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claustrophobia
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Unable to grasp the benefits of the inflatable chamber and terrified of it, Ngawang asked that a Buddhist lama be summoned, and before consenting to being zipped into its claustrophobic interior, he requested that prayer books be placed in the bag with him.
claustrophobic = causing fear of being closed in a confined space
DefinitionGenerally claustrophobia means:
abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
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deride
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...was loudly derided by knowledgeable mountaineers...
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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diligent
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Now I dream of ... the smell of soil crumbling between my fingers, and the brilliant green of plants that I diligently nurture.
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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disparage
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Her eminent companions on the 1994 attempt said nothing disparaging about Pittman, at least not in public.
disparaging = critical and disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dissent
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"I will tolerate no dissension up there."
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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expedient
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In the Icefall, though, expediency dictated that each of us climb independently, without being physically connected to one another in any way.
expediency = the need to be practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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fastidious
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If the name of Hall's business, Adventure Consultants, mirrored his methodical, fastidious approach to climbing, style, Mountain Madness was an even more accurate reflection of Scott's personal style.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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guile
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People were drawn to Fischer's energy and generosity, his absence of guile, his almost childlike enthusiasm.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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immutable
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Mountaineering, she understood, was an essential expression of some odd immutable aspect of my personality that I could no sooner alter than change the color of my eyes.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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indolent
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Hall was careful to keep us to a more indolent pace that gave our bodies time to adapt to the increasingly thin air.
indolent = slower (lazy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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lethargic
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Arising lethargic and groggy after my sleepless night at Camp Three, I was slow to dress, melt water, and get out of the tent on Thursday morning, May 9.
lethargic = lacking energy
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lucid
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In pondering how this disaster could have occurred, it is imperative to remember that lucid thought is all but impossible at 29,000 feet.
lucid = clear thinking
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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orthodox
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Experienced guides would later question his decision to descend so far ahead of his clients—extremely unorthodox behavior for a guide.
unorthodox = not ordinary (not adhering to what is commonly accepted)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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paucity
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The root of the problem is believed to be a paucity of oxygen, compounded by high pressure in the pulmonary arteries, causing the arteries to leak fluid into the lungs.
paucity = an insufficient amount
DefinitionGenerally paucity means:
an insufficient quantity or number
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perpetrator
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The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator's colleagues as the perpetrator.
perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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stoic
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He was tough, driven, stoic.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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venerate
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Rob wanted to make a public statement to defend himself, but he realized that going up against such a venerated figure in the media was a no-win situation.
venerated = respected and revered
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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zeal
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Above 26,000 feet, moreover, the line between appropriate zeal and reckless summit fever becomes grievously thin.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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