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The Invisible Man by Wells
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alacrity
2 uses
And then a number of brisk young men began with remarkable alacrity to tidy up the goods that remained disturbed.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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1st useChapter 10
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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
"Good heavens!" said Mr. Bunting, hesitating between two horrible alternatives.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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1st useChapter 12
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desist
1 use
Adye desisted and thought.
desisted = stopped
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useChapter 27
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explicit
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
explicit instructions
He wrote a number of brief notes, one to Colonel Adye, gave them to his servant to take, with explicit instructions as to her way of leaving the house.†
explicit = clear and detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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1st useChapter 18
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grotesque
7 uses
I was fasting; for to eat, to fill myself with unassimilated matter, would be to become grotesquely visible again.
grotesquely = unnatural in appearance 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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1st useChapter 23
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irascible
1 use
To those who appreciate the extraordinary irascibility of the Invisible Man, the rest of the encounter will be easy to imagine.
irascibility = short temper (tendency to anger easily)
DefinitionGenerally irascible means:
easily angered
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parsimonious
1 use
But he has a reputation for wisdom and for a respectable parsimony
parsimony = reluctance to spend money
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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1st useEpil.
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penury
1 use
There were a number of skirmishes with Mrs. Hall on matters of domestic discipline, but in every case until late April, when the first signs of penury began, he over-rode her by the easy expedient of an extra payment.
penury = poverty (being out of money)
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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1st useChapter 4
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perplex
6 uses
The two men stood on the landing perplexed.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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1st useChapter 12
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precipitate
1 use
1  —1 use
adj as in: a precipitate decision
At that Mr. Heelas fled precipitately upstairs, and the rest of the chase is beyond his purview.
precipitately = with great haste
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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prosaic
1 use
He turned the folded sheet over and saw on the addressed side of it the postmark Hintondean, and the prosaic detail "2d. to pay."
prosaic = lacking anything unusual or interesting
DefinitionGenerally prosaic means:
lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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1st useChapter 27
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resolute
6 uses
He went back to his study, and this time attacked his work resolutely.
resolutely = with firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I resolved to explore the house, and spent some time in doing so as noiselessly as possible.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
"You wim' don't know everything," said Mr. Hall, resolved to ascertain more about the personality of his guest at the earliest possible opportunity.
resolved = determined (or having decided)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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1st useChapter 1
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soliloquy
1 use
There was a noise of hobnails on the bricks in the bar, and Mrs. Hall had very reluctantly to leave the rest of his soliloquy.
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
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1st useChapter 3
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transitory
1 use
He had a transitory idea of jumping into the tram and slamming the doors,
transitory = lasting a short time
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1st useChapter 28
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tumult   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
couldn't hear over the tumult
Then came a ringing and knocking at the front door, that grew at last tumultuous,
tumultuous = loud disorderly noise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
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1st useChapter 27
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2  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
...and, coming round the corner to join the tumult, was promptly knocked off his feet into...
tumult = confusion or disorder (often noisy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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1st useChapter 12
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vociferous
3 uses
There was a conference, and the incredible evidence of a vociferous eye-witness.
vociferous = speaking with  forceful energy
DefinitionGenerally vociferous means:
expressed with forceful energy — often loud and sometimes offensive
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1st useChapter 22
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Crate after crate yielded bottles, until all six were empty and the table high with straw; the only things that came out of these crates besides the bottles were a number of test-tubes and a carefully packed balance.†
yielded = gave
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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