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adage
1 use
To do otherwise was to believe there was solid truth in the old adage: like father, like son.†
adage = saying
DefinitionGenerally adage means:
An old saying considered wise by many; e.g., "Actions speak louder than words."
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baleful
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Quinn waved away his baleful look.†
baleful = threatening or harmful
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1st useChapter 11, p.161.99
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comely
1 use
.... holding in his arms a comely country maid.†
comely = attractive
DefinitionGenerally comely means:
attractive — especially of a woman
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1st useChapter 9, p.129.11
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copious
1 use
SHE SPENT A LOT OF TIME, TO CAL'S MIND, wandering around, taking what appeared to be copious notes and a mammoth number of photographs with her tiny little digital, and muttering to herself.†
copious = abundant (large in quantity or number)
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1st useChapter 9, p.127.10
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cursory
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She watched Lump plod by the tree after only a cursory sniff.†
cursory = hasty and without attention to detail; or not thorough
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1st useChapter 8, p.116.43
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expound
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She loves to talk, and never found a subject she couldn't expound on till you wanted to slap some duct tape over her mouth."†
expound = explain or discuss in detail
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fetid
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Smoke belched up in fetid clouds as it roared its outrage.†
fetid = having a bad odor
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1st useChapter 20, p.312.71
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pithy
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So he gives me the flowers he'd just bought, thrust them at me, really, and gave me a short, pithy lecture.†
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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1st useChapter 13, p.192.98
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precocious
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Precocious.†
precocious = early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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1st useChapter 8, p.124.18
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proprietary
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While I can appreciate you being somewhat edgy, and somewhat proprietary, I'm bringing something important to the table.†
proprietary = describing something as owned — such as a product protected by patent or a name protected by trademark

or:

showing characteristics of ownership
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1st useChapter 8, p.109.62
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Rama
9 uses
Gage could hear the snoring through the thin, crappy walls of the cramped, crappy apartment over the Bowl-a-Rama.†
Rama = Hindu Religion:  avatar of Vishnu whose name is synonymous with God
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1st useChapter 1, p.10.82
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recumbent
1 use
She ran her shaking hands over the machine—recumbent bike—and with every prayer she knew ringing in her head, used its placement in the room to angle toward the door.†
recumbent = lying down
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1st useChapter 14, p.213.10
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sedentary
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Since his profession was usually sedentary, he kept his muscles toned and his build rangy with regular, often punishing workouts.†
sedentary = requiring sitting or little activity
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1st useChapter 13, p.201.66
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simulate
1 use
She'd intended to do a white frosting to simulate the ice planet from one of the Star Wars movies.†
simulate = make an imitation or representation of
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1st useChapter 10, p.148.75
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sinuous
2 uses
Then it pushed off the glass into a slow, sinuous somersault.†
sinuous = curving in and out
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1st useChapter 5, p.71.78
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speculative
1 use
"Maybe wanted to see what we could do," Gage countered, and earned a speculative glance from Cybil.†
speculative = uncertain — especially in reference to a profit-making investment or venture

or:

inclined to guess and think about subjects where there is no certainty
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1st useChapter 17, p.262.81
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theorize
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"We could theorize that your room here's a safe zone, but that's off because mine isn't, and it's two doors down.†
theorize = to form a theory (a belief about how something works or came about — often without having absolute proof)
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1st useChapter 8, p.108.29
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vengeance
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1  —1 use as in:
with a vengeance
As Fox hoped, the insult had Ridge weeding with a vengeance.†
with a vengeance = with intensity
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1st useChapter 1, p.9.30
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whet
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She had everyone piled in the kitchen, whetting appetites with marinated olives.†
whetting = to increase a sense or desire

or more rarely:  to sharpen a knife or other cutting edge
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1st useChapter 15, p.229.99
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white water
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"You don't have milk, you have white water.†
white water = frothy water — especially from rapids (water flowing rapidly downhill)
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1st useChapter 20, p.300.71
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