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asthma
5 uses
Remedios went over and asked some questions about the fish that Aureliano could not answer because he was seized with a sudden attack of asthma.
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
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benevolent
1 use
Don Apolinar Moscote, the benevolent ruler whose...
benevolent = kind and generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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capricious
3 uses
The Italian ... dealt with Amaranta as with a capricious little girl who was not worth taking seriously.
capricious = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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conciliatory
2 uses
no effort at conciliation was made.
conciliation = ending bad feelings or building trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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contrite
1 use
Aureliano scolded him like a child and he adopted a contrite air.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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deviate
1 use
Only when they deviated from meticulous routine did they run the risk of losing something.
deviated = changed or differed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deviate means:
differ or change
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didactic
1 use
Always didactic, he went into a learned exposition of the diabolical properties of cinnabar, but Ursula paid no attention to him, although she took the children off to pray.
didactic = excessively inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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diligent
9 uses
Amaranta looked after him with a loving diligence.
diligence = persistence and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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enigma
8 uses
that answer planted an enigma in Fernanda's heart that she was never able to clarify.
enigma = unexplainable mystery
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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expedient
2 uses
He needed a little time to convince her about such a strange expedient,
expedient = a practical action that accepts tradeoffs due to circumstances
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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indolent
2 uses
His indolence was so serious that when they announced the arrival of a commission from his party that was authorized to discuss the stalemate of the war, he rolled over in his hammock without completely waking up.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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insipid
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There would have been no problem in going back to Fernanda's insipid love, because her beauty had become solemn with age, but the rain had spared him from all emergencies of passion and had filled him with the spongy serenity of a lack of appetite.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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lethargic
2 uses
the lethargy of siesta time
lethargy = lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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meticulous
5 uses
Only when they deviated from meticulous routine did they run the risk of losing something.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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minuteness
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
"Oho," the officer said, turned on the lights, and ordered such a minute search that they did not miss the eighteen little gold fishes that had not been melted down and that were hidden behind the bottles Is their tin can.†
minute = detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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mischievous
2 uses
They were so much alike and so mischievous during childhood that not even Santa Sofia de la Piedad could tell them apart.
mischievous = naughtily or annoyingly playful

or:

tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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parsimonious
3 uses
With an exasperating parsimony he took down the chests, opened them, and placed on the table, one by one, seventy-two gold bricks, Everyone had forgotten about the existence of that fortune.
parsimony = extreme reluctance to spend money
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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prodigious
9 uses
a prodigious variety of puddings, meringues, and cookies,
prodigious = enormous (far beyond what is usual in magnitude)
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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taciturn
9 uses
Taciturn, silent, insensible to the new breath of vitality that was shaking the house, Colonel Aureliano Buendia could understand only that the secret of a good old age is simply an honorable pact with solitude.
taciturn = tending not to speak much
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tenacious
10 uses
She first tried to kill them with a broom, then with insecticides, and finally with lye, but the next day they were back in the same place, still passing by, tenacious and invincible.
tenacious = determined and persistent
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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