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The Five People You Meet in Heaven
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audible
1 use
he mumbled, barely audible.
audible = capable of being heard
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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belittle
1 use
People often belittle the place where they were born.
belittle = make seem less important
DefinitionGenerally belittle means:
to make someone or something seem less important
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1st useChapter 6
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beseech
1 use
She begged and wept and beseeched her husband to change his mind, to let it go,
beseeched = asked strongly or begged
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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carouse
1 use
As the night went on, there was drinking and carousing.
carousing = having fun with others in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
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1st useChapter 22
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confound
1 use
When he spoke about his father, Marguerite recalled the many nights he had spent enraged at the man, confounded by his silence.
confounded = frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse or cause to be unable to think clearly

or:

to refute or frustrate
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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covet
1 use
stung again by the denial of a man whose love, almost inexplicably, he still coveted, a man ignoring him, even in heaven.
coveted = strongly wanted
DefinitionGenerally covet means:
to strongly want (something—especially something that belongs to another)
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1st useChapter 20
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entwined
1 use
His grip was still entwined with Tala's, but he felt his body being washed from his soul, meat from the bone, and with it went all the pain and weariness he ever held inside him, every scar, every wound, every bad memory.
entwined = interconnected (not easily separated)
DefinitionGenerally entwined means:
interconnected (not easily separated) or twisted together
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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exuberant
1 use
as he and Noel agreed, in exuberant logic, he'd arrived with next to nothing, so what harm done if he went home the same way?
exuberant = joyously unrestrained
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1st useChapter 29
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fidget
2 uses
Eddie had been there, a little boy, fidgeting through the ceremony, with no idea of the role he'd played in it.
fidgeting = making small restless movements with hands or body
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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forsake
1 use
Unbeknownst to him, he had begun the ritual of semaphore with his father, forsaking words or physical affection.
forsaking = abandoning
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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1st useChapter 20
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futile
1 use
...sickened by the bombing and the burning and the futility of it all.
futility = pointlessness
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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1st useChapter 15
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grotesque
2 uses
His skin was a grotesque shade, a graying blueberry.
grotesque = distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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laceration
1 use
Her body is tossed like a doll slamming against the door and the dashboard and the steering wheel, lacerating her liver and breaking her arm and thumping her head so hard she loses touch with the sounds of the evening.
lacerating = cutting
DefinitionGenerally laceration means:
a cut — especially of the skin — and often implying that the cut was not clean, but instead left jagged edges
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1st useChapter 29
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limber
3 uses
So limber, in fact, he could touch behind his ankles, and raise a leg to his belly.
limber = flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of limber means:
of a person's body:  flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)

or:

readily adaptable — especially of someone's mind
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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mundane
1 use
They were there, or would be there, because of the simple, mundane things Eddie had done in his life,
mundane = ordinary
DefinitionGenerally mundane means:
ordinary or lacking interest or excitement — possibly to the point of being boring

or more rarely:

belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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oblivious
1 use
But the figure inside the booth remained hunched over, oblivious ... never looking up, no matter how many times Eddie howled...
oblivious = unaware of something
DefinitionGenerally oblivious means:
unaware of
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
...put leaded glass in the kitchen window, obscuring the view...
obscuring = making it harder to see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 36
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perversion
1 use
This tragic soul has endured a perversion of nature ... His skin was blue.
perversion = conversion of something so it is not what it should be
DefinitionGenerally perversion means:
the conversion of something so it is not what it should be — especially a sexual practice considered unacceptable by society
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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recoil
1 use
"You wash me," she said. She stepped into the water and turned her back to Eddie. Then she pulled the embroidered baro over her head.

He recoiled. Her skin was horribly burned.
recoiled = suddenly pulled back
DefinitionGenerally recoil means:
to move backward suddenly — especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person draws back from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Eddie noticed the resigned look on the Blue Man's face.
resigned = having accepted something undesirable as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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