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Story of My Life

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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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acquire
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Children who hear acquire language without any particular effort;
acquire = obtain (come into possession of)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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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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augment
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How much more this difficulty must be augmented in the case of those who are both deaf and blind!
augmented = increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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cease
7 uses
Before I lost my sight and hearing, I was fast learning to talk, but after my illness it was found that I had ceased to speak because I could not hear.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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circumscribe
1 use
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
6 uses
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
1 use
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
1 use
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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earnest
6 uses
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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futile
1 use
my tongue will not utter the bitter, futile words that rise to my lips, and they fall back into my heart like unshed tears.
futile = pointless because they would be unproductive
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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impetuous
1 use
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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inevitable
1 use
I suppose we aimed too high, and disappointment was therefore inevitable.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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innate
1 use
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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odious
1 use
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, dislikable, or worthy of hate
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recite
7 uses
I recited "The Chambered Nautilus," which was then my favorite poem.
recited = said aloud lines previously memorized
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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remonstrate
1 use
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, complain, or criticize
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sufficient
7 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
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
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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vivacious
1 use
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:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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