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approach
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
My spirits rose slightly as the new year approached.†
approached = got near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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capricious
2 uses
Moody grew capricious. Most often he was sullen and threatening, now to Mahtob as well as to me. At other times he tried to be gentle and kind.
capricious = impulsive and unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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deride
1 use
...my only way to judge the Iranian's private attitude toward Americans was through his family's reactions toward me, which were openly hostile and derisive.
derisive = regarding as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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deter
1 use
Horrible as the raids were, we found that life continued anyway, and the threat of the Iraqi Air Force could not deter Iran from its celebration.
deter = prevent
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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diatribe
1 use
Trish's diatribe echoed in my ears.
diatribe = strongly felt criticism
DefinitionGenerally diatribe means:
a strongly felt and usually lengthy criticism of something or someone
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didactic
3 uses
Moody's grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
didactic = intended to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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diligent
1 use
I applied myself more diligently than ever to my tasks as the head of my own household.
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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duplicity
1 use
Moody engaged Hormoz in a discussion of one of his favorite subjects the duplicity of the American government.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Because of this, we had established a good relationship with one of the most prosperous bankers in town.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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incredulous
1 use
"Don't they have any anesthetic?" I asked incredulously.
incredulously = with difficulty accepting something so unexpected
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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inevitable
6 uses
I knew the craziness within him would inevitably, periodically surface.
inevitably = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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meticulous
3 uses
I therefore held to my assigned schedule meticulously, deviating only with purpose.
meticulously = in a manner treating details with great care
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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passage
1 use
Another passage in the constitution left me with an even more chilling fear. It explained that upon the death of a man his children do not become the property of his widow, but of his own lineage.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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redundant
1 use
Moody's grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
redundant = repetitious (more than is needed)
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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reticent
1 use
Moody was reticent, for here was an opportunity for me to elude his control.
reticent = reluctant
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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scrutiny
2 uses
The city was under siege, its every activity scrutinized by heavily armed soldiers and scowling police.
scrutinized = looked at very carefully
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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sensuous
1 use
All over the hall women danced sensuously, their arms above their heads, their hips swaying.
sensuously = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
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taint
1 use
Moody rose early the next morning to shower, following the Islamic law of washing away the taint of sex prior to prayer.
taint = contamination
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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vacillate
2 uses
Moody vacillated sometimes asserting his physical dominance, but at other' times attempting to win me over with kindness.
vacillated = switched back and forth
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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zeal
3 uses
These new principals were generally younger and less schooled, but possessed the religious zeal that had now become the first priority of government.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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