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Life of Pi

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amble
1 use
Satisfied that I was not a menace, he ambled off.
ambled = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 89-92
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anarchy
2 uses
Until it knows its rank for certain, the animal lives a life of unbearable anarchy.
anarchy = chaos from absence of authority
DefinitionGenerally anarchy means:
the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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1st useChapter 13-16
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benevolent
1 use
I left for school under the benevolent gaze not only of Mother but also of bright-eyed otters and...
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 1-4
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catholic
1 use
In fact, a hyena's catholicity of taste is so indiscriminate it nearly forces admiration.
catholicity = wide ranging
DefinitionGenerally this sense of catholic means:
universal or inclusive of a wide range of people or interests
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1st useChapter 41-44
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conjecture
2 uses
But this is conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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1st useChapter 89-92
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contrite
1 use
He looked contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 5-8
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depravity
3 uses
To me, religion is about our dignity, not our depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-28
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diligent
2 uses
They are diligent when their efforts are rewarded.
diligent = hard working, careful, and persistent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 41-44
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discriminate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
discriminating taste
His mouth had the discrimination of a garbage heap.
discrimination = recognition of differences — especially fine distinctions

Editor's notes:
  • This is a way of saying that he would say anything—even if it was garbage.
  • Although this meaning of the word discrimination is common, these days the word is even more commonly used to indicate that someone views differences in an unfair manner—especially treating people of a particular race, religion or gender in an unfair manner.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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1st useChapter 97-100
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fastidious
1 use
Whereas at first I gutted fish and peeled their skin fastidiously, soon I no more than rinsed off their slimy slipperiness before biting into them,
fastidiously = with excessive concern for cleanliness or matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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1st useChapter 77-80
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forbearance
1 use
This forbearance on his part on hot, cloudless days, if that is what it was and not simple laziness, was not good enough.
forbearance = patience or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useChapter 69-72
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incessant
4 uses
This jerky and incessant motion was making me feel queasy.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53-56
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lethargic
4 uses
The sea moved in a lethargic way, as if already exhausted by the oncoming heat.
lethargic = sluggish (without energy)
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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1st useChapter 61-64
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lucid
2 uses
My mind made a final attempt at being lucid.
lucid = able to think 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53-56
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
A shark's skin is covered with minute tubercles that make it as rough as sandpaper.†
minute = very small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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1st useChapter 57-60
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olfactory
1 use
It came to my olfactory sense, full and fresh, overwhelming: the smell of vegetation.
olfactory = smelling
DefinitionGenerally olfactory means:
relating to the sense of smell
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1st useChapter 89-92
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petulant
1 use
He's petulant!
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 17-20
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pious
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Mr. Patel, Piscine's piety is admirable.
piety = highly religious belief and behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 1-4
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supple
2 uses
Strength and suppleness came back to my muscles.
suppleness = moving and bending easily

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally supple means:
moving and bending easily — sometimes used figuratively to indicate mental flexibility when adapting to different conditions
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1st useChapter 49-52
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taint
2 uses
The Trinity must be tainted by it; there must be a certain stench at the right hand of God the Father.
tainted = contaminated or spoiled
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-20
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