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bulwark
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It is the bulwark against starvation.
bulwark = something that offers protection
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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coagulate
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He felt the evil coagulating about him, and he was helpless to protect himself.
coagulating = getting thicker and more solid
DefinitionGenerally coagulate means:
change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
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collusion
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Go to their offices and show your pearl - or better, let them come here, so that you can see there is no collusion.
collusion = conspiracy (in this case, against Kino)
DefinitionGenerally collusion means:
to conspire (the act of working together in secret at others' expense)
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countenance
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1  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
This was extravagant and not to be countenanced.
countenanced = tolerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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curt
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"The baby is nearly well now," he said curtly.
curtly = briefly to the point of rudeness
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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diffuse
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the tone of the diffused green light of the sea bottom.
diffused = faintly dispersed (spread without being concentrated or bright in any one area)
DefinitionGenerally diffuse means:
to spread; or to soften or calm

or:

to be spread out (not concentrated) — sometimes implying a lack or organization or the use of too many words
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dissemble
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He was not good at dissembling and he was very well understood.
dissembling = deceiving (hiding or disguising the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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divert
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Juan Tomas went out among the neighbours to divert their suspicions,
divert = to change someone's attention
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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furtive
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Then from the corner of the house came a sound so soft that it might have been simply a thought, a little furtive movement, a touch of a foot on earth, the almost inaudible purr of controlled breathing.
furtive = stealthy (taking pains to avoid being observed)
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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goad
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Her goading struck into his brain; his lips snarled and his eyes were fierce again.
goading = provoking to do something annoying
DefinitionGenerally goad means:
to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move
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indigent
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to see what the fat lazy doctor would do about an indigent baby with a scorpion bite.
indigent = so poor as to lack basic necessities
DefinitionGenerally indigent means:
so poor as to lack basic necessities like food and shelter; or people in that condition
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judicious
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And when it was made plain who Kino was, the doctor grew stern and judicious at the same time.
judicious = sensible (showing good judgment)
DefinitionGenerally judicious means:
showing good judgment
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legerdemain
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His door stood open to the morning, and he hummed under his breath while his right hand practiced legerdemain.
legerdemain = sleight of hand (tricks that appear magical)
DefinitionGenerally legerdemain means:
sleight of hand (tricks that appear magical)

or:

a display of skill or adroitness — especially in a deceptive way
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lethargic
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A lethargy had settled on him, and a little gray hopelessness.
lethargy = lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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monolithic
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But ahead were the naked granite mountains, rising out of erosion rubble and standing monolithic against the sky.
monolithic = imposing in size or solidity
DefinitionGenerally monolithic means:
imposing in size or solidity

or:

characterized by massiveness, uniformity, and rigidity
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monotonous
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The wind cried and whisked in the brush, and the family went on monotonously, hour after hour.
monotonously = boringly (without variety)
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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perplex
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Now Kino's face was perplexed and worried.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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petulant
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And the baby was weary and petulant, and he cried softly until Juana gave him her breast,
petulant = unreasonably upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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transfigure
1 use
He was a man transfigured.
transfigured = completely changed
DefinitionGenerally transfigure means:
change completely the nature or appearance of — especially in a positive way
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trifle with
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1  —1 use as in:
a trifling matter
At the gate the servant opened the door a trifle and looked out at the waiting people.
trifle = a little
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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