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acrimony
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Two nomadic old maids, dressed up to kill, worked acrimoniously through the bill of fare, whispering to each other with faded lips, wooden-faced and bizarre, like two sumptuous scarecrows.†
acrimoniously = bitterness or anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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aggrieve
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I was aggrieved against him, as though he had cheated me—me!†
aggrieved = felt harmed by unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally aggrieve means:
feeling harmed by unfair treatment; or (more rarely) harming someone unfairly
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alacrity
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He laughed while narrating this part at the recollection of his polite alacrity.†
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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approbation
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It was reported that several of the Rajah's people amongst the listeners had loudly expressed their approbation.†
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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contemptible
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The tumult and the menace of wind and sea now appeared very contemptible to Jim, increasing the regret of his awe at their inefficient menace.†
contemptible = deserving no respect (worthless or of bad quality)
DefinitionGenerally contemptible means:
very bad (deserving no respect)
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craven
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'The little engineer whimpered like a child, but, broken arm and all, he turned out the least craven of the lot as it seems, and, actually, mustered enough pluck to run an errand to the engine-room.†
craven = exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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desist
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"That's so," assented the deserter, reluctantly desisting.†
desisting = stopping
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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disclaim
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He was, of course, anxious to disclaim this achievement.†
disclaim = deny (responsibility, knowledge, or ownership)
DefinitionGenerally disclaim means:
to deny (responsibility for, knowledge of, or ownership of)
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edify
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I didn't hope to be very much impressed or edified, or interested or even frightened—though, as long as there is any life before one, a jolly good fright now and then is a salutary discipline.†
edified = instructed
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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effigy
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'Where did you get drink?' inquired the German, very savage; but motionless in the light of the binnacle, like a clumsy effigy of a man cut out of a block of fat.†
effigy = a model or other representation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effigy means:
a model or other representation — typically of a person — often of someone hated, so that it can be mocked an abused
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forthwith
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It appears that in their flurry they had contrived in some mysterious way to get the sliding bolt of the foremost boat-chock jammed tight, and forthwith had gone out of the remnants of their minds over the deadly nature of that accident.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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incisive
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' "Jumped," he corrected me incisively.†
incisively = in a manner that is direct, clear, and sharp
DefinitionGenerally incisive means:
direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression — often indicating a decisive person (makes decisions quickly) or a penetrating mind
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incognito
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His incognito, which had as many holes as a sieve, was not meant to hide a personality but a fact.†
incognito = with identity hidden — such as via a disguise or false name
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intractable
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I need not have been so surprised as I was at his tractability.†
tractability = the trait of being easily managed
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult
in various senses, including:
  • of problems or disease — difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals — difficult to manage or control
  • of materials — difficult to manipulate
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omnipotent
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It was as if the Omnipotence whose mercy they confessed had needed their humble testimony on earth for a while longer, and had looked down to make a sign, "Thou shalt not!" to the ocean.†
omnipotence = the quality of being all powerful
DefinitionGenerally omnipotent means:
all powerful
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perishable
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I was very anxious, but I respected the intense, almost passionate, absorption with which he looked at a butterfly, as though on the bronze sheen of these frail wings, in the white tracings, in the gorgeous markings, he could see other things, an image of something as perishable and defying destruction as these delicate and lifeless tissues displaying a splendour unmarred by death.†
perishable = things that decay (spoil)
DefinitionGenerally perishable means:
things that decay (spoil) — (often said of foods that need refrigeration such as meats or milk)
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sagacious
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A succession of adventures, so much glory, such a victorious progress! and the deep sense of his sagacity crowning every day of his inner life.†
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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sheer
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sheered to the left
All the passengers had been packed tidily into the boats and shoved clear of the ship, when Bob sheered alongside again and scrambled back on deck to fetch that girl.†
sheered = changed direction suddenly; or caused such a change of direction
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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simile
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That's his simile, not mine.†
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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wizened
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He was a dirty, little, used-up old man with evil eyes and a weak mouth, who swallowed an opium pill every two hours, and in defiance of common decency wore his hair uncovered and falling in wild stringy locks about his wizened grimy face.†
wizened = thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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