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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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arbitration
1 use
Those mirrors, you understand; when the light is on the mirrors seem to be sitting in judgment over me to arbitrate a punishment if everything doesn't come out right.
arbitrate = decide
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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1st useChapter 28
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astute
1 use
"You're talking like a crazy ma-"
"Like a crazy man? How astute."
"Damn it, Harding, I didn't mean it like that."
astute = smart & perceptive
DefinitionGenerally astute means:
smart and perceptive
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1st useChapter 5
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comprehend
3 uses
You must not have heard a word of Doctor Spivey's theory of the Therapeutic Community, or not have had the education to comprehend it if you did.
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book3 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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dominate
2 uses
One by one the patients are sneaking looks at her to see how she's taking the way McMurphy is dominating the meeting,
dominating = controlling
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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effrontery
1 use
McMurphy would be embarrassed to absolute tears if he were aware of some of the simon-pure motives people had been claiming were behind some of his dealings. He would take it as a direct effrontery to his craft.
effrontery = rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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imply
2 uses
[Miss Ratched:]  "No, Billy, I wasn't implying anything."
implying = saying indirectly
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 26
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impregnable
2 uses
She's impregnable herself, and with the element of time working for her she eventually gets inside everyone.
impregnable = able to withstand attack
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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indicate
5 uses
All he has to do is admit he was wrong, to indicate, demonstrate rational contact, and the treatment would be canceled this time.
indicate = show or demonstrate
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Library40 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 16
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
You are strapped to a table, shaped, ironically, like a cross,
ironically = an interesting coincidence (in this case reminiscent of Roman torture)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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philanthropy
1 use
Would anyone venture that Mr. McMurphy was a saint? ... Shall we examine a cross-section of this man's philanthropy?
philanthropy = giving help to others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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pretense
1 use
He doesn't make any pretense about his motives, does he?
pretense = false appearance (to pretend)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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provocative
1 use
Once Harding asked what manner of cigarette they were smoking that smelled so provocative,
provocative = stimulating (arousing interest)
DefinitionGenerally provocative means:
tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate — especially controversy, sexual desire, or anger
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 28
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recriminations
1 use
If somebody'd of come in and took a look, men watching a blank TV, a fifty-year-old woman hollering and squealing at the back of their heads about discipline and order and recriminations, they'd of thought the whole bunch was crazy as loons.
recriminations = mutual accusations (criticizing and blaming each other)
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1st useChapter 15
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remorse
1 use
But not a one of you has shown the slightest sign of remorse.
remorse = regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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salve
8 uses
McMurphy smoked while she dipped her little hand full of pink birthday candles into a jar of salve and worked over his cuts, flinching every time he flinched and telling him she was sorry.
salve = a cream or liquid put onto skin to make it feel better or heal
DefinitionGenerally salve means:
a cream or liquid put onto skin to make it feel better or heal

or:

anything that eases pain or anxiety; or the act of doing such
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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solemn
9 uses
I give you my solemn word,
solemn = serious and sincere
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Book9 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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squalor
1 use
Inside in that squalor? Why, I'll just bet you anything that place is acrawl with black widows.
squalor = an extremely dirty and unpleasant place
DefinitionGenerally squalor means:
(describing a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant — typically due to poverty
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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stoic
1 use
Gentlemen, already I seem to detect in our redheaded challenger a most unheroic decline of his TV-cowboy stoicism.
stoicism = to seem unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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treachery
1 use
And if the Big Nurse found out about that, that I'd heard all the scheming and treachery that had gone on when she didn't think anybody was listening, she'd hunt me down with an electric saw, fix me where she knew I was deaf and dumb.
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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trite
1 use
If you'll curtail your literary pursuits a moment I'll introduce you to my counterpart and Nemesis; I would be trite and say, 'to my better half,'
trite = overfamiliar through overuse (stale, banal, hackneyed)
DefinitionGenerally trite means:
lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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