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anecdote
1 use
My father was telling them anecdotes and expounding his own views on the situation.
anecdotes = short, true stories
DefinitionGenerally anecdote means:
a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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anguish
5 uses
Our fear and anguish were at an end.
anguish = extreme distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme distress of body or mind
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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apathy
2 uses
From time to time, SS officers on motorcycles would go down the length of the column to try and shake us out of our growing apathy: "Keep going!"
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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avid
3 uses
They undressed him, the survivors avidly sharing out his clothes, then two "gravediggers" took him, one by the head and one by the feet, and threw him out of the wagon like a sack of flour.
avidly = enthusiastically or with great interest
DefinitionGenerally avid means:
enthusiastic or strongly interested
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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condemn
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
was condemned to life in prison
According to the law ... prisoner Number... is condemned to death.
condemned = sentenced (assigned legal punishment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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deport
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
deport from the U.S.
We heard that we were going to be deported into the center of Germany.
deported = forced to move (from where they now lived)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
force someone to leave a country
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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devour   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
devoured three sandwiches
The bread we had brought from Buna had long since been devoured.
devoured = eaten rapidly and completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devour means:
eat rapidly and completely — usually due to being very hungry
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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2  —3 uses as in:
devoured by flames
That's why she keeps talking about a fire devouring her.
devouring = consuming or destroying completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devour means:
to consume or destroy completely
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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dominate
2 uses
He wants to find out whether we can dominate our base instincts and kill the Satan within us.
dominate = control
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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encumber
2 uses
He had felt that his father was growing weak, he had believed that the end was near and had sought this separation in order to get rid of the burden, to free himself from so encumbrance which could lessen his own chances of survival.
encumbrance = something that hinders
DefinitionGenerally encumber means:
hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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expulsion
6 uses
Then one day they expelled all the foreign Jews from Sighet.
expelled = forced out (in this case, of the city)
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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indifferent
7 uses
"Men to the left! Women to the right!" Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion. Eight short, simple words. Yet that was the moment when I parted from my mother.
indifferently = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Book7 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
A German officer accompanied by a Hungarian lieutenant interpreter, came up and introduced himself.
interpreter = someone who translates language
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
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 was due within the coming weeks.
interpreted = understood (in a particular way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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liberate
6 uses
We decided that, if we were granted our lives until the liberation, we would not stay in Europe a day longer.
liberation = the act of being set free
DefinitionGenerally liberate means:
to set free — as from prison or political oppression
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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nevertheless
2 uses
Nevertheless, I did all I could to give him hope.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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optimistic
4 uses
These optimistic speeches, which no one believed, helped to pass the time.
optimistic = upbeat (expecting the best)
DefinitionGenerally optimistic means:
expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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ration
25 uses
...don't give your ration of bread and soup to your old father. There's nothing you can do for him. And you're killing yourself.
ration = a fixed portion of food given as a share
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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reprieve
2 uses
He gave me another reprieve.
reprieve = delay of something unpleasant (in this case, delaying the removal of his gold-crowned tooth)
DefinitionGenerally reprieve means:
delay or halt punishment; or a warrant granting such — especially a death sentence

or:

relieve temporarily
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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synagogue
11 uses
We were no longer allowed to go into restaurants or cafes, to travel on the railway, to attend the synagogue, to go out into the street alter six o'clock.
synagogue = a place where members of the Jewish faith worship
DefinitionGenerally synagogue means:
a place of worship for a people of the Jewish faith
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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