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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
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deference
1 use
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
deferential = politely respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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descend
1 use
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
descend = climb down
DefinitionGenerally descend means:
move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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digress
1 use
Is it perfume from a dress
That makes me so digress?
digress = wander off topic
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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insidious
1 use
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
insidious = appearing harmless, 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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meticulous
1 use
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
meticulous = with details treated with great care
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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obtuse
1 use
a bit obtuse
obtuse = slow to learn or understand
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revise
2 uses
In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.†
revisions = changes; or a changed versions
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: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.†
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
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
tedious = boring and long
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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