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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
Of course we had heard about the Fascist, but they were still just an abstraction to us.
abstraction = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
According to the law ... prisoner Number... is condemned to death.
according to = as stated by (in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
He was probably glad to see that I had come back of my own accord, as I had promised.
own accord = own mind (voluntarily)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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constraint
1 use
Free from all social constraint, young people gave way openly to instinct, taking advantage of the darkness to flirt in our midst, without caring about anyone else, as though they were alone in the world.
constraint = limiting someone's actions (in this case, by what others would think)
DefinitionGenerally constraint means:
something that limits something's motion or someone's actions; or the state of being so limited
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
The few days we lived here went by pleasantly enough, in peace. People were better disposed toward one another. There were no longer any questions of wealth, of social distinction, and importance, only people all condemned to the same fate — still unknown.
disposed = inclined (with a tendency) (in this case, to treat each other "better")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Where is the divine Mercy?
divine = coming from God
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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1st useChapter 5
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enable
1 use
Still lost in his cabalistic dreams, Akibe Drummer had discovered a verse in the Bible which, interpreted in terms of numerology, enabled him to predict that the deliverance war: due within the coming weeks.
enabled = made it possible [for]
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible (in various senses such as:)
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something
  • to activate a computer system for use
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern
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1st useChapter 4
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foreman
4 uses
Franek, the foreman, one day noticed the gold-crowned tooth in my mouth.
foreman = a person who is in charge of other workers
DefinitionGenerally foreman means:
a person who is in charge of other workers

or:

a juror in a court case who is selected by other jurors to head the jury
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harangue
1 use
From the middle of the barracks, he harangued us:
harangued = gave a tirade (emotionally charged speech) in an annoying manner
DefinitionGenerally harangue means:
to try to persuade, or to criticize in an impassioned and often annoying manner; or a speech with such an intent
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indulgent
1 use
He smiled indulgently. After a long silence, he said: "There are a thousand and one gates leading into the orchard of mystical truth. ... We must never make the mistake of wanting to enter the orchard by any gate but our own."
indulgently = with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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1st useChapter 1
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inert
1 use
Father! Wake up. They're trying to throw you out of the carriage.... His body remained inert.
inert = unmoving, or unable to move
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
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lament
1 use
I was no longer capable of lamentation.
lamentation = passionate expression of grief or sorrow
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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1st useChapter 5
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mystic
4 uses
After a long silence, he said: "There are a thousand and one gates leading into the orchard of mystical truth."
mystical = relating to realities beyond scientific understanding
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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notorious
2 uses
In the middle stood the notorious Dr. Mengele...
notorious = well known for something bad
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Once, I had believed profoundly that...
profoundly = intensely (or deeply)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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refuge
3 uses
Weeping bitterly, she begged us to come to her village, where she could give us a safe refuge.
refuge = shelter that is safe
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
That's the teaching of our sages.
sages = people known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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1st useChapter 3
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tone
2 uses
His tone of voice became increasingly brutal.
tone = the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow in self-pity
You're wallowing in your own despair, you fool!
wallowing = indulging (in an emotion)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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wizened
1 use
The man looking for us was a bespectacled little fellow with a wrinkled, wizened face.
wizened = lean and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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