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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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belittle
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...they are sick men now.... But what you want are the reasons for the reasons, and I'm not able to give you those. Not for the others, anyway. For myself? Guilt. Shame. Fear. Self-belittlement.
belittlement = to make someone or something seem less important (in this case, himself)
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benevolent
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And the couple is forever indebted to her benevolence.
benevolence = generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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concise
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That's a concise way of putting it.
concise = expressing much in few words
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condone
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When the doctor himself finally came in, every one of these people gave him a look like the whole thing had been planned by him, or at least condoned and authorized.
condoned = approved of; or accepted without criticism
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
to accept (a specific bad behavior) without criticism

or:

to approve of (a specific behavior that is typically considered bad)
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effrontery
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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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elusive
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In defense, the rabbit becomes sly and frightened and elusive and he digs holes and hides when the wolf is about.
elusive = difficult to catch
DefinitionGenerally elusive means:
difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
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ethereal
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our angel leaves-throwing kisses, smiling ethereally
ethereally = with a beauty that barely seems of this world
DefinitionGenerally ethereal means:
characterized by an air-like insubstantiality

or:

so delicate and insubstantial that it barely seems of this world — often beautiful
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irrevocable
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And keep the doors ajar for the coming of the rest of us, because you are witnessing the end, the absolute, irrevocable, fantastic end.
irrevocable = incapable of being undone
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latent
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Latent Homosexual
latent = potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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lucid
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...since you are suddenly so lucid on the problem of mental health, what is this trouble?
lucid = thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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monotonous
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That a carnival is a real good idea. Something to break the monotony.
monotony = lack of variety
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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philanthropy
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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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placate
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she'll win by trying to placate her big ol' angry boy:
placate = calm someone who is angry
DefinitionGenerally placate means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or concerned
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pretense
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He doesn't make any pretense about his motives, does he?
pretense = false appearance (to pretend)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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remorse
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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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sage
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1  —1 use as in:
the growing sage
They're puffing and sweating by the time they break out of the sage into our bald yard.
sage = a name for various plants including one used as a popular spice and another commonly called sagebrush
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
a name for various plants including one used as a popular spice and another commonly called sagebrush

or: the color of such plants (a shade of green with some hint of gray)
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salve
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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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squalor
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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
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stoic
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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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trite
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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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