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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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abhor
1 use
He abhorred those who were born into wealth, and rather enjoyed doing things the 'sophisticated people' would never do.
abhorred = detested (hated)
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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acquire
2 uses
Eddie and Morton ... fired the nozzles of their newly acquired flamethrowers and watched the huts ignite.
acquired = obtained (came into the possession of)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 15
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adjacent
1 use
But then the dream turned, and the four Crazies were on the adjacent ponies, poking at him, sneering.
adjacent = very nearby
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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agitate
3 uses
His mother whispered that he "just needed time," but his father grew more agitated each day.
agitated = stirred up (emotionally)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
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anxiety
1 use
He felt a churning inside him, a stop-start anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 28
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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cacophony
2 uses
...the cacophony of children's voices, thousands of them at play, splashing in the river and shrieking with innocent laughter.
cacophony = loud confusing sounds
DefinitionGenerally cacophony means:
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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collide
2 uses
His vehicle rolls until it collides with the rear of a parked truck.
collides = crashes together
DefinitionGenerally collide means:
crash together with violent impact; or come into conflict
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
He didn't know what would happen to them next, but it could not be any worse than what they had endured.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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feigned
3 uses
Joe, is doing push-ups in front of a group of elderly women, who feign interest and clap politely.
feign = pretend to feel
DefinitionGenerally feigned means:
pretended — usually pretending to feel something
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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gaunt
2 uses
Their faces were gaunt and bony with dark nubs of hair.
gaunt = very thin
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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grave
1 use
How do people choose their final words? Do they realize their gravity?
gravity = importance (weightiness)
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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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inevitable
1 use
He puts his right leg down first, out of habit, avoiding the inevitable stiffness of his left.
inevitable = certain to happen (be felt)
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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nurture
2 uses
We moved away, to a place outside the city, a small flat, where our lives were spent modestly, me tending to my wounded husband and silently nurturing a single wish.
nurturing = helping develop
DefinitionGenerally nurture means:
help develop or grow
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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skeptical
1 use
Eddie was skeptical.
skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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uniform
1 use
The uniformity did not surprise Eddie.
uniformity = consistency (being the same in some way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of uniform means:
consistent (the same in some way)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 26
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wither
2 uses
Now, away from that ocean, in the confines of a hospital bed, his body began to wither like a beached fish.
wither = become weaker (shrivel)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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