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agony
5 uses
Two shadows, below, thrashed in agony.
agony = intense feelings of suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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avarice
1 use
But no the hand stayed, glowed, poisoned the air, hurrying the strange nun-Gypsy's tread as she gasped her avaricious mouth most ardently.
avaricious = greedy
DefinitionGenerally avarice means:
excessive desire for wealth
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cease
9 uses
The draft that had for a moment stirred the boys' trouser cuffs and blown the man's hair, ceased.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book9 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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coincidence
5 uses
Life's all coincidence.
coincidence = chance (a situation where the cause of events seems related or arranged, but is not)
DefinitionGenerally coincidence means:
a situation where two things happened at the same time or in the same way by chance even though it was unlikely

(for example, if two students in the same class met by accident while visiting another country)
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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collide
4 uses
They collided, half-collapsed, knocked elbows, cracked heads, which blew the air out faster.
collided = crashed together with violent impact
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
gave him an idle glance of contempt
contempt = disrespect
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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elated
2 uses
Suddenly there was the old sense of terrified elation, of wanting to laugh and cry together when he saw the innocents of the earth wandering the snowy streets the day before Christmas among all the tired men and women whose faces were dirty with guilt, unwashed of sin, and...
elation = happiness and excitement

(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 elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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exhalation
2 uses
The great tents filled like bellows. They softly issued forth exhalations of air that smelled like ancient yellow beasts.
exhalations = breaths of air
DefinitionGenerally exhalation means:
the act of breathing air out of the lungs; or the air breathed out
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grave
1 use
Dad nodded, once, gravely, and then nodded at the carousel, and stepped up on it, and touched a brass pole.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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imply
1 use
In another moment, a forefinger might thrust to the sidewalk grille, implying...
implying = saying indirectly (by the gesture)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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inevitable
2 uses
...with the moon and the stars moving in a grand rotation toward inevitable dawn,
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
the carnival's sense of irony
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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lattice
1 use
Clutching the steel lattice-grille, he peered down in the pit.
lattice = a pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines
DefinitionGenerally lattice means:
an object or pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines — leaving diamond- or square-shaped spaces where they do not overlap

or:

an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern
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oblivious
2 uses
in front of the cigar store the Cherokee wooden Indian stood ... oblivious to Catholic or Baptist bells,
oblivious = unaware of
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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probe
6 uses
Dad probed one with his fingers.
probed = investigated
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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salve
1 use
But then, for what salve it gives me, every man's a fool.
salve = something that eases pain or anxiety
DefinitionGenerally salve means:
a cream or liquid put onto skin to make it feel better or heal

or:

anything that eases pain or anxiety; or the act of doing such
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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solemn
4 uses
And behind them jogged a middle-aged man with his own now solemn, now amiable, thoughts.
solemn = serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Book4 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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squander
1 use
squandered inside himself
squandered = wasted
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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summon
6 uses
Boys have never been known to go straight up to houses to ring bells to summon forth friends.
summon = call (in this case, to come outside)
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
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Book6 uses
Library35 uses in 10 avg bks
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taint
1 use
If there wasn't death, all the other things wouldn't get tainted.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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