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The Man Without a Country

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allude
4 uses
everybody was permitted to lend him books, if they were not published in America and made no allusion to it.
allusion = reference

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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beseech
1 use
"Most heartily we beseech Thee with Thy favor to behold and bless Thy servant, the President of the United States..."
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something

(editor's note:  The capitalization of Thee and Thy indicate that the speaker is praying to God.)
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
This was their way of showing their contempt for the United States.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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deference
1 use
It was copied everywhere without the slightest deference to copyright.
deference = consideration of (respect)
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
At that moment Asia, Africa, and Europe were scenes of similar discord.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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eloquent
1 use
I remember late in his life hearing him fairly eloquent on something which had been suggested to him by one of Fléchier's sermons,
eloquent = speaking powerfully
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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expedient
1 use
And their interpreters ... began to propose infinite other expedients...
expedients = actions that are speedy, practical, or convenient
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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indignant
2 uses
In truth, it was the death of Nolan ... which roused that wave of indignation in the Southwest which ended in the independence of Texas.
indignation = anger at something unjust or wrong

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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indulgent
1 use
But under no circumstances is he ever to hear of his country or to see any information regarding it; and you will especially caution all the officers under your command to take care, that, in the various indulgences which may be granted, this rule, in which his punishment is involved, shall not be broken.
indulgences = privileges (kindnesses or pleasures)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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infallible
1 use
So fallible is the human memory!
fallible = likely to make mistakes
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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infernal
3 uses
Ingham, I told him everything I could think of that would show the grandeur of his country and its prosperity; but I could not make up my mouth to tell him a word about this infernal rebellion!
infernal = very bad
DefinitionGenerally infernal means:
very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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iniquity
1 use
commit such an iniquity
iniquity = immorality; or an immoral act
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
interpret Spanish to English
But none of the officers did; and just as the captain was sending forward to ask if any of the people could, Nolan stepped out and said he should be glad to interpret, if the captain wished, as he understood the language.†
interpret = translate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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monotonous
1 use
to while away the monotony of the summer at Fort Adams
monotony = lack of variety
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
Frederic Ingham, the "I" of the narrative, is supposed to be a retired officer of the United States Navy.
narrative = story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
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plausible
1 use
Proofreaders do not like them, but they give a plausibility to the story.
plausibility = apparent reasonableness (though unproven)
DefinitionGenerally plausible means:
apparently reasonable, but unproven
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spontaneous
1 use
spontaneous worship of Vaughan
spontaneous = happening or arising without plan
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner

or:

happening naturally (without planning or external force)
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transgress
1 use
our manifold transgressions of Thy holy laws,
transgressions = violations

(editor's note:  manifold is a synonym for many)
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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treason
3 uses
He was tried for treason at Richmond but acquitted.
treason = betraying his country
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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virtual
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
virtual organization
to do this would be virtually to reveal to him what had happened,
virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking (since it would be done indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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