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astute
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Arthur became an astute and deliberate vegetable gardener,
astute = smart and perceptive
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atoll
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On the second day his company was assembled on the top deck and told that they were moving toward Tarawa atoll, where they would go ashore at Betio, a strongly defended island.†
atoll = island (that is made of a coral reef)
DefinitionGenerally atoll means:
an island made of a coral reef — often in the shape of a circle
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contentious
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But I must remind you that Mr. Miyamoto here is on trial for murder in the first degree, that such is the focus of this court's concern, and that any contentiousness about legal ownership of land will have to be addressed in a civil court, madam.†
contentiousness = tendency to cause disagreement

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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defunct
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The witness makes reference to a currently defunct statute of the State of Washington which made it illegal at the time of which she speaks for an alien, a noncitizen, to hold title to real estate.†
defunct = no longer in force; or having ceased to exist or live
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dispose
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1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
B Company would go ashore at a place called Beach Red Two, he said, and the mortar section would place itself at the disposal of the weapons platoon leader, a Second Lieutenant Pratt, for the purpose of establishing a base of fire.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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emulate
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He was, his son remembered, morally meticulous, and though Ishmael might strive to emulate this, there was...
emulate = imitate (copy)
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equivocal
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But the cause of death—unequivocally—was drowning.
unequivocally = clearly and unmistakably

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unequivocally means not and reverses the meaning of equivocally. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally equivocal means:
unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
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establish
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1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
An air raid blackout signal system, details of which can be found elsewhere in this edition, was established.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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expedient
1 use
When Ole arrived he bobbled his cane from hand to hand before settling on the expediency of hanging it from his wrist.
expediency = practical action
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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grave
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She lived in town, a stout, grave woman with a slight Teutonic edge to her speech, over Lottie Opsvig's apparel shop on Main.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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gregarious
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There were times when he visited taverns near campus and allowed himself to act gregarious and animated in the manner of younger students.
gregarious = inclined to seek and enjoy the company of others
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heresy
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she had learned that her hair was utsukushii and that to cut it would be a form of heresy.
heresy = an action considered immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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indifferent
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By degrees he learned to enjoy these encounters, though his indifference always appeared more studied than hers and he was always anxious, in a barely concealed way, to meet her gaze.
indifference = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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inevitable
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It was not so much a matter of deciding as accepting the inevitability of it.
inevitability = the certainty that it will happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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ligament
2 uses
It was necessary to pull hard enough to tear ligaments in the deceased's groin, and this Horace Whaley did.†
ligaments = tough fibrous tissues that connect bones
DefinitionGenerally ligament means:
a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue that connects bones or cartilages
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revere
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Their faces ... appeared quiet and even faintly reverent.
reverent = respectful
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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stoic
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it could not be precisely translated into English—and it meant doing what one had to do quietly and with an entirely stoic demeanor.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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taint
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"I could say," her mother went on, "that living among the hakujin has tainted you, made your soul impure, Hatsue."
tainted = contaminated or spoiled
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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transitory
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In the hearts of his fellow islanders, though, weather of this sort overwhelmed absolutely everything.... Ishmael, a native, could not understand how such transitory and accidental occurrences gained the upper hand in their view of things.
transitory = lasting a short time
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trepidation
1 use
a world whose inhabitants walked in trepidation, in fear of opening up.
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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