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Invisible Man by Ellison

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atrophy
1 use
Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
atrophy = wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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benevolent
2 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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complacent
1 use
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useEpil.
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 6
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coup
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
delivered the coup de grace
Mercifully, she delivered the coup de grace.
coup de grace = deathblow
DefinitionGenerally this sense of coup de grace means:
deathblow

(literally a sword strike that mercifully kills a wounded animal, or metaphorically as the last in a series of things that defeated an opponent, idea, business or other entity.)
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = 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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diversity
3 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useEpil.
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fallacious
1 use
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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fastidious
1 use
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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furtive
3 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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lethargic
2 uses
I'm hoping a cold iced tea will help me get past this lethargic feeling.
lethargic = lacking energy
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1st useChapter 13
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liberal arts
1 use
It is a prestigious liberal arts school.
liberal arts = focusing on studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills
DefinitionGenerally liberal arts means:
studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills)
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1st useChapter 10
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lucid
3 uses
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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1st useChapter 5
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes = written record of what happens at a meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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1st useChapter 16
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recant
1 use
According to popular legend, after being forced to recant his theory that the Earth moved around the Sun, Galileo whispered, "And yet it moves."
recant = say he no longer believed (something previously said)
DefinitionGenerally recant means:
for one to say they no longer believe a previously made statement or belief — often while under pressure
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servile
1 use
We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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superfluous
2 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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1st useChapter 19
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