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abstruse
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Dr. Bell is proficient in many fields of science, and has the art of making every subject he touches interesting, even the most abstruse theories.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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antediluvian
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These were the keys which unlocked the treasures of the antediluvian world for me.
antediluvian = very old; or relating to the period before the biblical flood
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circumscribe
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Circumscribed as my life was in so many ways, I had to look between the covers of books for news of the world that lay outside my own.
circumscribed = restricted
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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comprehend
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It seems to me that there is in each of us a capacity to comprehend the impressions and emotions which have been experienced by mankind from the beginning.
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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conciliatory
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Burke's "Speech on Conciliation with America"
conciliation = actions intended to end bad feelings or build trust

(editor's note:  Edmund Burke was an Englishman who wrote this speech after the American Revolution.)
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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despondent
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I could not be despondent while I anticipated the delight of talking to my mother and reading her responses from her lips.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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discriminate
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discriminating taste
It is most perplexing and exasperating that just at the moment when you need your memory and a nice sense of discrimination, these faculties take to themselves wings and fly away.
discrimination = the process of recognizing differences — especially fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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earnest
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Even when I studied most earnestly it seemed more like play than work.
earnestly = seriously
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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evanescent
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There is nothing more beautiful, I think, than the evanescent fleeting images and sentiments presented by a language one is just becoming familiar with—ideas that flit across the mental sky, shaped and tinted by capricious fancy.
evanescent = tending to vanish like vapor
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impetuous
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Tacking and jibbing, we wrestled with opposing winds that drove us from side to side with impetuous fury.
impetuous = impulsive (forceful and unpredictable)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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innate
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How much of my delight in all beautiful things is innate, and how much is due to her influence, I can never tell.
innate = naturally a part of me (present at birth)
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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insatiable
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Mr. Higinbotham, President of the World's Fair, kindly gave me permission to touch the exhibits, and with an eagerness as insatiable as that with which Pizarro seized the treasures of Peru, I took in the glories of the Fair with my fingers.
insatiable = impossible to satisfy
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odious
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Would that the host of those who make the great works of the poets odious by their analysis, impositions and laborious comments might learn this simple truth! It is not necessary that one should be able to define every word and give it its principal parts and its grammatical position in the sentence in order to understand and appreciate a fine poem.
odious = extremely unpleasant or dislikable
DefinitionGenerally odious means:
extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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poignant
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Besides, many of the joys and sorrows of childhood have lost their poignancy;
poignancy = profound emotional impact
DefinitionGenerally poignant means:
profoundly touching the emotions —  especially sadness or pity
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remonstrate
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Just before the books came, Mr. Gilman had begun to remonstrate with Miss Sullivan on the ground that I was working too hard, and in spite of my earnest protestations, he reduced the number of my recitations.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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scrupulous
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I was still excessively scrupulous about everything I wrote.
scrupulous = careful and diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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sufficient
6 uses
One reading was sufficient to stamp every detail of the story upon my memory forever.
sufficient = adequate
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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sultry
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a sultry afternoon
The morning had been fine, but it was growing warm and sultry when at last we turned our faces homeward.
sultry = hot and humid
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transitory
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All things transitory
transitory = lasting a short time

(editor's note:  Here Keller is quoting a line from Goethe's Faust.)
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vivacious
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The lectures were always interesting, vivacious, witty; for the instructor, Mr. Charles Townsend Copeland, more than any one else I have had until this year, brings before you literature in all its original freshness and power.
vivacious = engaging and lively
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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