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apathy
3 uses
Then a kind of fatalistic apathy had settled in as certain emotional circuits quietly shut themselves down.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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coalesce
2 uses
her fear was greater now, more coalesced,
coalesced = consolidated (different aspects having come together)
DefinitionGenerally coalesce means:
to merge or bring different things together
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coherent
4 uses
The glazed way his eyes rolled toward her when she spoke to him, like the eyes of a fighter who has been struck and struck and struck, a fighter who has lost his coherence along with his mouthguard
coherence = ability to think logically
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
looked at Donna and Tad with imperious contempt.
contempt = disrespect
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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diligent
1 use
In the sixties, Vic thought, she would have been in a commune, diligently picking bugs off tomato plants.
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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doleful
2 uses
his mind began dolefully telling him that he was on a wild goose chase.
dolefully = full of sadness

(editor's note:  The idiom, "on a wild goose chase", means "searching for something in a manner that won't or is unlikely to succeed".)
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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epiphany
2 uses
A kind of epiphany filled her.
epiphany = sudden realization
DefinitionGenerally epiphany means:
a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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futile
2 uses
"I can't get my seatbelt unhooked," Tad said, scratching futilely at the buckle release.
futilely = in a manner that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
Another fifteen minutes of examination convinced her that it was an old baseball bat with a friction-taped handle, half obscured by witch grass and timothy.
obscured = hidden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
And he drove away, leaving Vic to wonder if the mailman had been serious or if he (Vic) had just been on the receiving end of some obscure Yankee joke.
obscure = mysterious (not understood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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3  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Some obscure California magazine publishes a report that...
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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petulant
2 uses
"But we're just sitting here," he said, sounding petulant and tired and cross.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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prudent
3 uses
it seemed prudent to do everything legally.
prudent = sensible and cautious
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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rational
2 uses
Eventually Vic and Roger had worn him down, but not with rational arguments.
rational = based on reason
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rational means:
reasonable
in various senses, including:
  • "It's not rational to treat 2+2 as 5." — logical as contrasted to illogical
  • "I know you're upset, but please think about this in a rational manner." — based on reason as contrasted to emotion
  • "When I was 10-years-old, I wasn't very smart, but I was still rational." — capable of using reason as contrasted to being insane or lacking the ability to reason
  • "In matters of the heart, I trust my intuition more than my rational analysis." — based on a logical analysis as contrasted to intuition, instinct, custom, tarot-card reading, or some other system of decision making
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redundant
1 use
To Vic it was so much redundancy; he knew in his guts that it had been Kemp.
redundancy = more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
She had been frightened because she could see no logic in her mother's tantrum ... and because of the expression she had seen in her father's eyes. It had been a kind of resigned disgust.
resigned = having accepted something undesirable as unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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resolute
2 uses
She didn't like the way her thoughts were speeding up, and she pushed the whole mess resolutely away before it could grow to avalanche size and bury her in another deep depression.
resolutely = with firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
She had put her foot down and it had stayed down, in spite of Joe's sullen mutterings and Brett's wounded eyes.
sullen = gloomy (demonstrating a bad mood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
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superficial
2 uses
Her belly hurt, but those wounds were superficial, little more than scratches.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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virulent
1 use
This year the brown insectivorous bats inhabiting the small cave were crawling with a particularly virulent strain of rabies.
virulent = very bad — perhaps very contagious
DefinitionGenerally virulent means:
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

or

harsh or hateful
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