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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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deference
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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
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1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
descend = climb down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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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 — typically verbally
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indecision
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And indeed there will be time For the yellow smoke that slides along the street, Rubbing its back upon the window-panes; There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; There will be time to murder and create, And time for all the works and days of hands That lift and drop a question on your plate; Time for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea.†
indecisions = leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
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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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malinger
1 use
Smoothed by long fingers, Asleep .... tired .... or it malingers, Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me.†
malingers = avoids responsibilities and duties — typically by pretending to be ill
DefinitionGenerally malinger means:
avoid responsibilities and duties — typically by pretending to be ill

or (more rarely):  to be slow
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meticulous
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Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
meticulous = with details treated with great care
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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obtuse
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a bit obtuse
obtuse = slow to learn or understand
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revise
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In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.†
revisions = changes; or a changed versions

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
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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