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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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deference
1 use
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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indecision
1 use
Don't mistake her thoughtfulness as weak indecision.
indecision = a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
DefinitionGenerally indecision means:
leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
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insidious
1 use
The debt grew insidiously—just a little at a time and always for a good purpose.
Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
insidiously = in a manner not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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malinger
1 use
They accused me of malingering and insisted I visit their doctor.
malingering = avoiding responsibilities and duties by pretending to be sick
DefinitionGenerally malinger means:
avoid responsibilities and duties — typically by pretending to be ill

or (more rarely):  to be slow
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meticulous
1 use
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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obtuse
1 use
too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior†
obtuse = slow to learn or understand
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revise
2 uses
How can you revise that paragraph to improve the expression of ideas?
revise = improve (change)
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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T.S. Eliot
1 use
T.S. Eliot was twenty-five when he moved from the United States to England.†
T.S. Eliot = U.S. born British poet and playwright remembered for such poems as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1888-1965)
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tedious
1 use
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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