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adulation
1 use
The adulation that Trout was receiving, mindless and illiterate as it was, affected Trout like marijuana.
adulation = much admiration and praise
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1st useChapter 8
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altercation
1 use
As the Americans were waiting to move on, an altercation broke out in their rear-most rank.
altercation = a noisy argument or fight
DefinitionGenerally altercation means:
a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
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1st useChapter 5
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anecdote
2 uses
Billy Pilgrim had not heard this anecdote.
anecdote = a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
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1st useChapter 3
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atom
7 uses
By 1942, however, we knew that the Germans were working feverishly to find a way to add atomic energy to all the other engines of war with which they hoped to enslave the world.
atomic = the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
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1st useChapter 1
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clemency
1 use
There was no recommendation for clemency in the case
clemency = leniency (kindness or mercy) shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
DefinitionGenerally this sense of clemency means:
mercy
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
an international convention of optometrists in Montreal
convention = formal gathering
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
...where 135,000 people died as the result of an at attack with conventional weapons.
conventional = normal or typical (in this case standard acceptable weapons that weren't nuclear)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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diffident
1 use
There were diffident raps at the factory window.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive due to a lack of self-confidence
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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1st useChapter 7
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gospel
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a gospel song
He supposed that the intent of the Gospels was to teach people, among other things, to be merciful, even to the lowest of the low.
gospels = one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christians believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings
DefinitionGenerally this sense of gospel means:
the religious teachings of Jesus

or:

one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christian's believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings

or:

a type of vocal music that originated in African-American churches in the United States
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1st useChapter 5
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lament
2 uses
He wondered what tragedy so many had found to lament out of doors.
lament = grieve (or express grief about)
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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listless
5 uses
They would inevitably surface within a rectangle of barbed wire, would find themselves greeted listlessly by dying Russians who spoke no English, who had no food or useful information or escape plans of their own.
listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally listless means:
lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 9
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lugubrious
2 uses
Derby now came to lugubrious attention.
lugubrious = excessively mournful
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1st useChapter 8
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massacre
7 uses
And Billy had seen the greatest massacre in European history, which was the firebombing of Dresden.
massacre = the savage and excessive killing of many people
DefinitionGenerally massacre means:
the savage and excessive killing of many people

or:

to defeat an opponent by a wide margin
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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mitigate
1 use
their motives were those of bigotry unmitigated
unmitigated = complete (not diminished)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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optometry
22 uses
Her father owns the optometry school where Billy was going.
optometry = the practice of testing eyesight and providing glasses or contact lenses to improve vision
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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prescribe
3 uses
He was doing nothing less now, he thought, then prescribing corrective lenses for Earthling souls.
prescribing = of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
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1st useChapter 2
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
...and the great services they rendered to Christianity.
rendered = gave
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
...and another pamphlet of German phrases rendered in English phonetics,
rendered = translated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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1st useChapter 2
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simulate
2 uses
The head zoo keeper ordered a crane operator, who was standing by, to drop a navy blue canopy over the dome, thus simulating Earthling night inside.
simulating = imitating
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
'Doctor,' said the patient tentatively.
tentatively = done in a careful way indicating a lack of confidence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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