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Johnny Got His Gun
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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
He was simply saying that according to the way he felt at the time the safety of his women was worth more than his own life.
according to = based upon (in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book3 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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anathema
1 use
Written in 1938 when pacifism was anathema to the American left and most of the center,
anathema = something intensely disliked
DefinitionGenerally anathema means:
someone or something that is intensely disliked
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
inappropriate to the times
inappropriate = not suitable or fitting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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bewilder
2 uses
It was like the first time he went to school and was embarrassed and bewildered with so many people around.
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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comprehend
1 use
With one quick rush of comprehension he understood what she was doing.
comprehension = understanding (especially complete understanding)
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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conveyor belt
1 use
Things were always pretty scrambled up in the shipping room on Friday nights with boxes and dollies and racks scattered through the aisles and guys hollering and the conveyor belts rattling away and the rotary ovens upstairs screeching as they moved on hot greaseless plates.†
conveyor belts = a moving band or belt that transports objects — such as goods in a factory
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
something so terrible and sickening that no one could endure the thought much less the action.
endure = suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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insistent
1 use
At the insistence of friends...
insistence = to insist (demand)
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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intrusion
1 use
It was so warm so secure so comforting to ... feel somehow that here was a place in the wilderness a place forever safe a place that could never be changed could never be harmed could never be intruded upon.
intruded = interrupted with an unwelcome entry
DefinitionGenerally intrusion means:
an involvement, interruption, or entry — typically unwelcome
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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monotonous
1 use
He got so frantic that he began to thrash from side to side like someone very sick with a high fever who can only monotonously repeat a motion or a word.
monotonously = without variety
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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pact
3 uses
Let them form blocs and alliances and mutual assistance pacts and guarantees of neutrality.
pacts = agreements between parties
DefinitionGenerally pact means:
an agreement between parties
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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parley
6 uses
Parley vous parley vous yes sir no sir lonesome honey where's that American voice? god I'd like to find her.†
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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recite
1 use
They could recite the whole thing any time of the year because it was the poem of Christmas.
recite = say something previously memorized aloud
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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Robinson Crusoe
1 use
He remembered how Robinson Crusoe was very careful to keep track of time even though he never had any appointments.†
Robinson Crusoe = Daniel Defoe's famous novel and the name of its main character — a shipwrecked English sailor who survives on a small tropical island (1719)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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speculate
2 uses
Each member of the family had a little cache of gifts hidden somewhere in the house away from the others. It was very dishonorable for anyone to snoop on the day before Christmas so no one ever did but there was no harm in speculating upon where the gifts might be hidden.
speculating = guessing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to guess without certainty

or:

to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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summon
3 uses
He was twenty years old and he couldn't even summon enough strength to turn over in bed.
summon = call forth (from within)
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
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Book3 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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Theodore Roosevelt
1 use
Goodbye maw goodbye paw goodbye mule with your old hee-haw "As that great patriot Theodore Roosevelt has said " America I love you you're like a sweetheart to me "Don't go Joe run away they'll kill you I know it I'll never see you again."†
Theodore Roosevelt = 26th President of the United States; broke anti-competitive U.S. cartels, hero of the Spanish-American War; and champion of the building of the Panama Canal (1858-1919)
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1st useChapter 3
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torrent
2 uses
The rest of the letters tumbled into his mind in a perfect torrent.†
torrent = an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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tranquil
1 use
We will be alive and we will walk and talk and eat and sing and laugh and feel and love and bear our children in tranquillity in security in decency in peace.
tranquillity = undisturbed calmness
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
His thoughts had rushed through his head so tumultuously that perhaps he hadn't got them down in order clearly and sanely.
tumultuously = turbulently (with confusion and disorder)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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