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The Martian Chronicles

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bewilder
4 uses
The man was still there, trying to smile, looking bewildered.
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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cadence
1 use
It began to crack down the middle, as with an earthquake, and as Stendahl watched the magnificent sight he heard Pikes reading behind him in a low, cadenced voice: ". . . my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder—there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters—and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the House of Usher."
cadenced = rhythmic (having a recurring sound pattern)
DefinitionGenerally cadence means:
rhythm or recurring pattern of sounds or movements
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1st useChapter 17
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cease
8 uses
It made a hollow bubbling sound that ceased after a moment.
ceased = stopped
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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decorum
1 use
None of it flung down, no, but deposited gently and with feeling, with decorum, upon the dusty edges of the road, as if a whole city had walked here with hands full, at which time a great bronze trumpet had sounded, the articles had been relinquished to the quiet dust, and one and all, the inhabitants of the earth had fled straight up into the blue heavens.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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1st useChapter 15
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deride
1 use
...and burst into a shout of derision.
derision = mockery at their inferiority

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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1st useChapter 4
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disconcerting
1 use
Michael held off the tears, curious, but quite ready to continue in case Dad's further revelation was as disconcerting as the original.
disconcerting = disturbing or unsettling
DefinitionGenerally disconcerting means:
disrupt composure — such as to confuse or worry
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1st useChapter 26
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inevitable
1 use
And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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1st useChapter 16
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innocuous
1 use
...from a great Niagara of reading matter to a mere innocuous dripping of...
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
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1st useChapter 17
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inquire
6 uses
"And these Martians are a found people?" inquired the captain.
inquired = asked about or looked into

(editor's note:  By a found people, Spender is referring to a people whose science and religion enrich each other.)
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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insolent
1 use
"Why, that lousy, insolent son of a . . ."
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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1st useChapter 15
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metamorphosis
1 use
Biological metamorphosis through psychological imbalance!
metamorphosis = a complete change; or more specifically, the rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some insects
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olfactory
2 uses
Olfactory hallucination, induced by sensual telepathy.
olfactory = smell
DefinitionGenerally olfactory means:
relating to the sense of smell
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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parched
1 use
Now the walls dissolved into distances of parched weed, mile on mile, and warm endless sky.
parched = dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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propagate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
propagate the species
Life was the propagation of more life and the living of as good a life is possible.
propagation = reproduction

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of propagate means:
to reproduce or copy
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1st useChapter 7
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
...his awe and defeat and resignation and acceptance.
resignation = acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26
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resilient
1 use
art and literature were soon like a great twine of taffy strung about, being twisted in braids and tied in knots and thrown in all directions, until there was no more resiliency and no more savor to it.
resiliency = ability to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it
DefinitionGenerally resilient means:
able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it — such as a person retaining a positive attitude, or a material returning to its shape after being bent, stretched, or pressed
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1st useChapter 17
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solemn
4 uses
From every house in the street came little solemn processions bearing long boxes ... walking to the churchyard, where there were new holes freshly dug and new tombstones installed.
solemn = very serious and dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
Finally he turned to his men and regarded them somberly.
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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summon
4 uses
The doctor was summoned.
summoned = called (to come)
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
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Library35 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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tremulous
1 use
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

(from a poem by Sara Teasdale)
tremulous = quivering (shaky)

(editor's note:  The white petals of the plum tree quiver in the wind.)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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