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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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belittle
1 use
...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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1st useChapter 28
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benevolent
1 use
And the couple is forever indebted to her benevolence.
benevolence = generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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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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1st useChapter 4
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condone
1 use
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
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
accept without criticism; or approve of
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
...she turned a slow, contemptuous look across the bunch of us.
contemptuous = showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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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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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:
to make small restless movements
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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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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irrevocable
1 use
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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latent
1 use
Latent Homosexual
latent = potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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lucid
1 use
...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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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monotonous
1 use
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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notorious
2 uses
She's notoriously evil.
notoriously = well known for something bad
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Library9 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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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