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The Power and the Glory by Cooke

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allude
5 uses
A "concrete form" she imagined might allude to the fact that Miss Sessions had a better figure than she.†
allude = to make an indirect reference
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
She looked hopefully for a renewal of that earlier companionship which seemed by contrast almost intimate.†
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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2  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Johnnie greeted the new boarder with a reserve which was in marked contrast to the reception he got from the other girls.†
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
Its more unconventional lines suited him well; the dust-brown Norfolk, the leathern puttees, gave an adventurous turn to the expression of a personality which was only so on the mental side.†
unconventional = not regarded as normal

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconventional means not and reverses the meaning of conventional. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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deft
8 uses
And, having made a bed in the cradle from some folded covers, he lifted the baby with strange deftness and placed it in.†
deftness = skillful

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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dismay
8 uses
Now her face dimpled as she remembered the shriek of dismay Laurella sent after her.†
dismay = sadness, disappointment, or worry
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book8 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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dubious
6 uses
They turned to find a squat, middle-aged man regarding them dubiously.†
dubiously = doubtfully or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
The mills in which he was concerned were not earning as they should, so he was told; and there was discussion as to whether they be moved south, or a Southern mill be established which might be considered in the nature of a branch, and where the coarser grades of sheeting would be manufactured, as well as all the spinning done.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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inarticulate
4 uses
Pap Himes looked at her, at the beads, and gave the fierce, inarticulate, ludicrously futile growl of a thwarted, perplexed animal.†
inarticulate = unable to express oneself clearly; or not expressed clearly
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)

or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed

The exact meaning of inarticulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
  • a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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inquiry
16 uses
He began some carefully worded inquiries as to her experience in the mill and her opinion of the work.†
inquiries = questions or investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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luminous
3 uses
Then her clouded face cleared suddenly with its luminous smile.
luminous = shining or beautiful
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
When, after she had them in use on the spinning jennies upstairs for a week, she came down bringing them for certain minute alterations, his attitude was one of friendly helpfulness.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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monotonous
8 uses
First it was a hymn, all abrupt, odd, minor cadences and monotonous refrain.†
monotonous = lacking in variety and/or boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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precede
2 uses
Again she saw the cabin at home in that pitchy black which precedes the first leavening of dawn, and herself getting up to start early on the long walk.†
precedes = goes, does, or is before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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ravine
8 uses
The little cabin in the gash of the hills owned for domain a rocky ravine that was the standing jest of the mountain-side.†
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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remonstrate
12 uses
"Wait till some other time, I—I don't want to—"
But her remonstrance came too late; Mandy had yanked her forward and was performing the introduction...
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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rue
1 use
This kept him away pretty effectually after that first fiery scene, when Laurella had flown at him like a fierce little vixen and told him that she never wanted to see his face again, that she rued the day she married him, and intended to leave him as soon as she could put foot to the ground.
rued = felt sadness and regret
DefinitionGenerally rue means:
to feel sadness and regret
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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socialism
16 uses
Most of the men who are loud in the leadership of socialism have made a failure of their own lives.†
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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specimen
12 uses
She was glad they were such fine specimens—all perfect.†
specimens = a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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tremulous
10 uses
"That!" cried Laurella Passmore, taking it up with angrily tremulous fingers.†
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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