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Invisible Man by Ellison

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affirm
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her actions affirm my concerns
I've never been more loved and appreciated than when I tried to "justify" and affirm someone's mistaken beliefs;
affirm = demonstrate support or the truth of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of affirm means:
to demonstrate support or demonstrate the truth of something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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ambivalent
1 use
"I too have become acquainted with ambivalence," I said.
ambivalence = mixed feelings
DefinitionGenerally ambivalent means:
having mixed feelings about something — such as when part of you wants to do something and part of you does not
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1st usePro.
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anguish
13 uses
For, despite my anguish and anger, I knew of no other way of living,
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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belligerent
3 uses
The white brothers looked uncomfortable and some of the Harlem brothers belligerent.
belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
I could feel their eyes, saw them all and saw too the time when they would know that my prospects were ended and saw already the contempt they'd feel for me, a college man who had lost his prospects and pride.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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decorum
5 uses
The honored guests moved silently upon the platform, herded toward their high, carved chairs by Dr. Bledsoe with the decorum of a portly head waiter.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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denounce
11 uses
...they denounced the American scene as corrupt and degenerate,
denounced = strongly and publicly criticized
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
I was careful not to come too close to the rug now, and when I felt the hot whiskey breath descend upon me like a cloud of foul air I reached out and grabbed the leg of a chair.†
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
that always threatened internal discord
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useChapter 16
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disdain
1 use
I disdain to answer such an attack.
disdain = reject (the attack) as unworthy
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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eloquent
9 uses
I had no words and no eloquence, and when Ras thundered, "Hang him!" I stood there facing them, and it seemed unreal.
eloquence = powerful use of language
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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eviction
24 uses
You were legally evicted.
evicted = forced to move from your home
DefinitionGenerally eviction means:
the process of forcing someone to leave a place — typically from a home due to non-payment
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Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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futile
5 uses
His name was Clifton, Tod Clifton, he was unarmed and his death was as senseless as his life was futile.
futile = pointless because it was unproductive or unsuccessful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
Somehow I felt that Bledsoe and Norton were behind it, and all day I was inhibited in both speech and conduct, for fear that I might say or do something scandalous.†
inhibited = limited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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1st useChapter 8
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
My ambition and integrity were nothing to them
integrity = having strong moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 23
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philanthropy
2 uses
the strength of philanthropic dollars
philanthropic = given as charity from the wealthy
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
what profound conclusions were they drawing?
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
with profound respect
profound = of great intensity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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refute
1 use
I leaned there, aching to humiliate them, to refute them.
refute = disprove the argument of
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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subtle
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
Sometimes it appeared as though they played some vast and complicated game with me and the rest of the school folk, a game whose goal was laughter and whose rules and subtleties I could never grasp.
subtleties = distinctions that are hard to notice
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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