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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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amorous
1 use
It recounts splendid imaginary amorous adventures of a perfect English gentleman in an intensely romantic land, the scenery of which is very well described.
amorous = romantic or sexual
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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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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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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Belmonte's jaw came further out in contempt
contempt = showing a lack or respect (in this case for the crowd)
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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daunt
9 uses
Only let's not get daunted.
daunted = discouraged or intimidated
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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detach
3 uses
until he fell in love with Brett, I never heard him make one remark that would, in any way, detach him from other people.
detach = separate
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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grave
1 use
They were grave-looking.
"He's dead. With a horn through him."
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
It was just very clear and bright, and inclined to blur at the edges.
inclined = tended
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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indifferent
1 use
finally the crowd were actively against him, and he was utterly contemptuous and indifferent.
indifferent = unconcerned (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
You ought to be ironical the minute you get out of bed.
ironical = point out when what is happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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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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peasant
6 uses
and watched the motorbuses come in and unload peasants from the country coming in to the market,
peasants = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  people of low income, education, and social standing — especially those who raise crops or livestock
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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perfunctory
1 use
The steer came up to him and made as though to nose at him and the bull hooked perfunctorily.
perfunctorily = without much interest or effort
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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plateau
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found on the plateau
...you could see the plateau of Pamplona rising out of the plain,
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I remember resolving that I would stay up all night to watch the bulls go through the streets at six o'clock in the morning,
resolving = deciding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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sallow
5 uses
His face was sallow under the light.
sallow = an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sallow means:
an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion; or to cause such a complexion
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simulate
2 uses
since the death of Joselito all the bull-fighters had been developing a technique that simulated this appearance of danger in order to give a fake emotional feeling, while the bull-fighter was really safe.
simulated = imitated
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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sober   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
You're wonderfully sober.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
I need to sober up.
He sobered up afterward... .
sobered up = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sober up means:
to become less drunk
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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