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aesthetic
1 use
he knew that the sincerity of his own bullfighting would be so set off by the false aesthetics of the bull-fighters of the decadent period
aesthetics = sense of what is beautiful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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aficionado
9 uses
An aficionado is one who is passionate about the bull-fights.
aficionado = someone who is enthusiastic about a particular subject
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aperture
1 use
At the far end was the stone wall of the corrals, with apertures in the stone that were like loop-holes running all along the face of each corral.
apertures = small openings
DefinitionGenerally aperture means:
an opening  — especially a small one that controls the amount of light admitted for a camera or microscope

or:

the measured diameter of the opening
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bias
1 use
A balloon would start up jerkily, on a great bias, and be torn by the wind or blown against the houses of the square.
bias = a tendency to move in a particular direction
DefinitionGenerally bias means:
a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration

or:

any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right
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brusque
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She saw how Romero avoided every brusque movement and saved his bulls for the last when he wanted them, not winded and discomposed but smoothly worn down.
brusque = abrupt (sudden and quick)
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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byline
1 use
Then I sorted out the carbons, stamped on a byline, put the stuff in a couple of big manila envelopes and rang for a boy to take them to the Gare St. Lazare.
byline = a line giving the name of the writer of an article
DefinitionGenerally this sense of byline means:
a line giving the name of the writer of an article — typically at the top of the article
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conceit
2 uses
There was nothing conceited or braggartly about him.
conceited = excessively proud
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conceit means:
feelings of excessive pride
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cordial
1 use
Mrs. Braddocks insisted cordially.
cordially = showing warm and heartfelt friendliness
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
he realized that he was an attractive quantity to women, and that the fact of a woman caring for him and wanting to live with him was not simply a divine miracle.
divine = coming from God
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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eccentric
1 use
An eccentric, perhaps,
eccentric = someone who is unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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elated
1 use
We had ... the feeling of elation that comes after a good bullfight.
elation = feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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glacier
2 uses
... a man who had been frozen in the Alps and then fallen into a glacier and his bride was going to wait twenty-four years exactly for his body to come out on the moraine,
glacier = a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river

(editor's note:  To see pictures, click on the Google Images link that is shown after clicking on the word link.)

Glaciers are thought of as moving very slowly and slow ones may move as little as a foot or two  a year, but there are also fast-moving glaciers that can move as much as ninety feet per day.
DefinitionGenerally glacier means:
a large mass of ice that moves over land like an exceedingly slow river
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impair
1 use
After the first two passes with the cape Romero knew exactly how bad the vision was impaired.
impaired = made worse
DefinitionGenerally impair means:
make worse or less effective
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intricate
2 uses
The dancers were in a crowd, so you did not see the intricate play of the feet.
intricate = complicated
DefinitionGenerally intricate means:
complicated — having many complexly arranged elements
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luminous
1 use
The people shouted as each new luminous paper bubble careened, caught fire, and fell.
luminous = glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Monsieur
5 uses
You never come here any more, Monsieur Barnes.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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obstinate
1 use
Don't he obstinate, darling... .
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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ostentatious
1 use
Don't be ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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platonic
2 uses
...You mustn't misunderstand, Jake, it was absolutely platonic with the secretary.
platonic = loving, but not sexual
DefinitionGenerally platonic means:
a loving relationship or feeling that does not have a sexual aspect
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veritable
1 use
The veritable flowers of the Pyrenees.
veritable = used for emphasis:  to describe one thing as almost like another (more intense) thing
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