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Life of Pi
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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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apathy
2 uses
You are so bored you sink into a state of apathy close to a coma.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 77-80
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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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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 diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 41-44
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...the bats' discordant concerts of squeaking and chattering.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 1-4
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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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furtive
1 use
Fingers of water reached up furtively through the cracks and wet my bottom.
furtively = unnoticed

(editor's note:  Generally, furtively is used to indicate that someone is trying to avoid being observed or that they look nervous as though worried that they might be noticed.)
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53-56
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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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Library6 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 = lacking energy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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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1st useChapter 53-56
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
A shark's skin is covered with minute tubercles that make it as rough as sandpaper.†
minute = very small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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1st useChapter 57-60
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supple
2 uses
Strength and suppleness came back to my muscles.
suppleness = moving and bending easily
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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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1st useChapter 17-20
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yield
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
I ran the ropes around the tarpaulin hooks on the opposite side of the bow; every time a rope yielded a little, I secured my gain before the rope slipped back.†
yielded = gave way (moved) (in this case, loosened)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 65-68
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