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amiable
3 uses
And behind them jogged a middle-aged man with his own now solemn, now amiable, thoughts.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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apprehensive
1 use
Behind her stood the Dwarf and the Skeleton, silent, shifting, apprehensive.
apprehensive = nervous or worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Lord, I do admire their direct approach.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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audacious
2 uses
The Witch flung one hand up to feel the shape of this audacity which came off the fifty-four-year-old man like a fever.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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conjure
2 uses
Mr. Dark turned to go pat, conjure, calm his dust-crone friend,
conjure = summon into action
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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copious
1 use
Calmly, Jim put a fist into his copious and richly treasured pockets, rummaged, and held out his hand.
copious = large
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
And a train arrives at an hour of despair.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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flourish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
He flourished a white calling card.
flourished = used a wave or showy gesture to produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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gesticulate
5 uses
The plump fingers of the child gesticulated through the grille.
gesticulated = moved to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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grotesque
5 uses
And between the tents, ahead, in transit, they saw a grotesque parade.
grotesque = distorted and unnatural
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
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poise
1 use
There, on the biggest stage, a tattoo needle poised like a blowgun dart in his rose-crusted hand, stood Mr Dark, the Illustrated Man.
poised = relaxed and ready for action
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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rancor
1 use
the vital stuffs of their mortal greed, rancor, and poisonous guilt,
rancor = deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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savor
6 uses
The Witch, mouth wide, savoring doom,
savoring = taking great pleasure from
DefinitionGenerally savor means:
to take great pleasure from; or the pleasure or flavor enjoyed
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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serene
9 uses
Serene, his father said, "Now." And fired the rifle.
serene = calm and untroubled
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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tremulous
4 uses
Now, tremulously, experimentally, daring to test, the Witch inhaled.
tremulously = with quivering (shakiness)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
...a juggernaut of thunder wheeled over the stony heavens in a spark-throwing tumult.
tumult = a situation of noisy confusion & disorder
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
...and the sky's orange and ash grey at twilight,
twilight = the time of day between daylight and darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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undulate
2 uses
His arm, a long molasses undulation,
undulation = a smooth wave-like motion; or having a wavy or rippled form

(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 undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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wizened
1 use
In the mirrors, a wizened multiplication of boy-apes did likewise, posing a single rosebud of blue-yellow flame.
wizened = lean and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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writhe
8 uses
Will's father noted the muscles cord along the arms, roping and unroping themselves with a writhe like the puff adders and sidewinders doubtless inked and venomous there.
writhe = twisting or contorted motion

(editor's note:  puff adders and sidewinders are types of snakes)
DefinitionGenerally writhe means:
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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