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Johnny Got His Gun

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animate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
deliberate = careful and slow
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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denounce
1 use
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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desolate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
felt desolate
I heard a low desolate wail.
desolate = very sad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of desolate means:
sad or miserable—and often lonely
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
Please elaborate on the reasons you think this is the best plan.
elaborate = explain in detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useIntr.
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fester
3 uses
She had a festering boil on her neck.
festering = inflamed and creating pus
DefinitionGenerally fester means:
of an injury:  to be inflamed and create pus

generally:  get worse — especially through inattention
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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forsake
1 use
The country must forsake terrorism as a political instrument.
forsake = abandon or give up
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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insistent
1 use
We questioned her repeatedly and she remained insistent that she knew nothing of the event.
insistent = firm and continuing
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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monopoly
1 use
When you have a monopoly you can raise prices.
monopoly = a situation where you are the only supplier of a good or service
DefinitionGenerally monopoly means:
the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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monotonous
1 use
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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pact
3 uses
The two countries signed a non-aggression pact.
pact = agreement
DefinitionGenerally pact means:
an agreement between parties
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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pavilion
4 uses
We're meeting for a picnic under the pavilion at the park.
pavilion = large roofed structure without walls
DefinitionGenerally pavilion means:
a large structure separate from a main structure
in various senses, including:
  • a large roofed structure without walls — often found in parks
  • a temporary structure — such as a large tent to house exhibits at a fair, to provide sports facilities, or to put on a show
  • a section of a large hospital or office complex adjacent to other parts
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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speculate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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tranquil
1 use
I love a lake with tranquil blue water.
tranquil = calm
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
Word Statistics
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
There was tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fought for control.
tumult = confusion or disorder
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
It is a beautiful picture taken in twilight.
twilight = the light from the sky in the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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