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The Red Badge of Courage

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apparent
18 uses
Another, who was a boy in years, took his plight with great calmness and apparent good nature.
apparent = obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book18 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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cease
14 uses
The shells, which had ceased to trouble the regiment for a time, came swirling again, and exploded in the grass or among the leaves of the trees.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book14 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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comprehend
11 uses
At last he spoke as if dimly comprehending.
comprehending = understanding
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book11 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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daunt
4 uses
The young girl, with pink cheeks and shining eyes, stood like a dauntless statue.
dauntless = never discouraged or intimidated

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in dauntless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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denounce
3 uses
He presently began a long and intricate denunciation of the commander of the forces.
denunciation = strong criticism

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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despondent
3 uses
He was despondent and sullen,
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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diffident
2 uses
After a time he began to sidle near to the youth, and in a diffident way try to make him a friend.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discern
3 uses
He looked stealthily at his companions, feeling sure that they must discern in his face evidences of this pursuit.
discern = notice
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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doleful
2 uses
There was one who raised a doleful cry.
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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exasperated
6 uses
He began to fume with rage and exasperation.
exasperation = great annoyance

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally exasperated means:
greatly annoyed
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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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lucid
1 use
One outlined in a peculiarly lucid manner all the plans of the commanding general.
lucid = clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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morose
1 use
The third captive sat with a morose countenance.
morose = very unhappy

(editor's note:  In this context, countenance means "facial expression".)
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
he might be a man heretofore doomed to peace and obscurity, but, in reality, made to shine in war.
obscurity = lack of distinction (unremarkable )
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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obstinate
2 uses
But he obstinately took roundabout ways, and presently he was where he could see long gray walls of vapor where lay battle lines.
obstinately = stubbornly
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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prodigal
1 use
They were bobbing to and fro roaring directions and encouragements. The dimensions of their howls were extraordinary. They expended their lungs with prodigal wills.
prodigal = extravagant (abundant) or recklessly wasteful
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sagacious
1 use
His actions had been sagacious things.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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scrutiny
3 uses
In imagination he felt the scrutiny of his companions as he painfully labored through some lies.
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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stoic
2 uses
He preserved a stoical and cold attitude.
stoical = not showing emotion
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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trepidation
1 use
High in a treetop he stopped, and, poking his head cautiously from behind a branch, looked down with an air of trepidation.
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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zeal
1 use
So he displayed the zeal of an insane sprinter in his purpose to keep them in the rear.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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