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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
His mother's face was animated her voice triumphant as she came to the thrilling part where Santa Claus slid down the chimney and nodded and set to work with his fat little belly shaking with laughter.
animated = lively (in this case, bringing the story to life)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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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
He hadn't deliberately planned to be there because it was a couple of blocks out of his way and he was really awfully tired.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
She did them ... so deliberately that even her movements seemed thoughtful.
deliberately = carefully and slowly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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denounce
1 use
Peace organizations and "Mothers'" groups from all over the country showered me with fiercely sympathetic letters denouncing Jews, Communists, New Dealers and international bankers, who had suppressed my novel to intimidate millions of true Americans who demanded an immediate negotiated peace.
denouncing = strongly criticizing
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
the desolation and the loneliness that would be with him forever.
desolation = a feeling of extreme sadness or misery—often with loneliness

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of desolate means:
sad or miserable—and often lonely
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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
Reading it once more after so many years, I've had to resist a nervous itch to touch it up here, to change it there, to clarify, correct, elaborate, cut.
elaborate = add detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useIntr.
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fester
3 uses
But if you had the same hole and no maggots you simply festered for a while and then you had gangrene.
festered = suffered inflammation and created pus
DefinitionGenerally fester means:
of an injury:  to be inflamed and create pus

generally:  get worse — especially through inattention
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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forsake
1 use
they had forsaken him.
forsaken = abandoned or given up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
He would keep the minutes on the left hand blackboard and then they would be there when he needed to add another to them.
minutes = formal notes (of a meeting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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monopoly
1 use
He was the only hamburger man in Shale City so he had a monopoly on the business.
monopoly = exclusive control (of the supply of something sold)
DefinitionGenerally monopoly means:
the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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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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Library5 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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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pavilion
4 uses
When they came of an age to take girls out on dates they always took them to the pavilion in the fair grounds.
pavilion = a large structure separate from a main structure (perhaps a 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
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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
It would not be gentlemanly to resign in any of the ways suggested.
resign = quit his job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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revere
1 use
She read the story of the little Christ-child of the baby Jesus.... He could hear her voice reading it off softly and reverently with the words coming like music from her lips.
reverently = with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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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
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 = wondering or guessing
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
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

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use tranquility.)
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
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 seemed that the blackness in his eyes was changing to something purple something like twilight blue.
twilight = the color of the sky at the time of day between daylight and darkness
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
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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