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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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apathy
1 use
the chasm of apathy in which we have fallen
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 11
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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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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
I sat up in bed, and my shadow fell across the body, seeming to cleave it in half between the hips and the shoulders, leaving only a black space.
cleave = split
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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coherent
1 use
You are unable to think coherently.
coherently = clearly (in a sensible manner)
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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component
2 uses
Hey; bring out a bottle of that pure grain while you're back there: it's getting so I can't install the simplest frigging component but what I need a bracer.
component = a part of something
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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diagnose
5 uses
I realize you haven't had adequate time to arrive at a proper diagnosis of the patient, but you have had a chance at observing him in action.
diagnosis = identification of the illness
DefinitionGenerally diagnose means:
determine or identify the nature of a problem or an illness
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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fidget
8 uses
She's sitting there so silent it makes him nervous and fidgety.
fidgety = restless and finding it hard to sit still
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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1st useChapter 3
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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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Library13 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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1st useChapter 5
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I've known some people inclined to do that.
inclined = with a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
It simply induces a seizure.
induces = causes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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1st useChapter 22
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intuitive
1 use
Ever so intuitive,
intuitive = known without the need to teach, analyze, or think through
DefinitionGenerally intuitive means:
based on feeling or instinct rather than conscious reasoning

or:

easy to understand without training or study
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
... and if there is some awful stormy calamity, we're every last one of us liable to be lost at sea, you know that?
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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1st useChapter 25
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notorious
2 uses
She's notoriously evil.
notoriously = well known for something bad
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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parched
2 uses
It was us that had been making him go on for weeks, ... weeks of making him wink and grin and laugh and go on with his act long after his humor had been parched dry between two electrodes.
parched = dried out by heat
DefinitionGenerally parched means:
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 28
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
the doctor was informed that his resignation would be accepted,
resignation = letter saying he would quit his job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 29
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
from a rigorous life outdoors on a work farm
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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1st useChapter 25
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secluded
11 uses
Yeah, won't that make a fine honeymoon shack for the lovers? Mighty secluded.
secluded = separated from the presence of others
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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therapeutic
20 uses
As long as you don't lose your temper and give her actual reason to request the restriction of the Disturbed Ward, or the therapeutic benefits of Electro Shock, you are safe.
therapeutic = tending to cure or restore to health
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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