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The Yellow Wallpaper

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arbor
3 uses
I never saw such a garden—large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them.
arbors = a framework that supports climbing plants
DefinitionGenerally this sense of arbor means:
a framework that supports climbing plants; or a shady rest area made by such a framework or by trees and shrubs
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atrocious
1 use
I am sitting by the window now, up in this atrocious nursery, and there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength.
atrocious = exceptionally ugly
DefinitionGenerally atrocious means:
exceptionally bad, cruel, or ugly
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conscientious
1 use
I cannot keep count of them, though I have tried conscientiously.
conscientiously = with care
DefinitionGenerally conscientious means:
careful to do what is right—especially to perform duties in a thorough manner (as when guided by conscience)
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convoluted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convoluted folds of the brain
If you can imagine a toadstool in joints, an interminable string of toadstools, budding and sprouting in endless convolutions—why, that is something like it.
convolutions = complex twists and patterns

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
having complex coils, folds, twists, or irregularities
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cultivate
1 use
And that cultivates deceit, for I don't tell them I'm awake—O no!
cultivates = enhances development of
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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debase
1 use
a kind of "debased Romanesque"
debased = degraded (reduced in purity or quality)

(editor's note:  Romanesque refers to a style of architecture.)
DefinitionGenerally debase means:
to degrade (decrease) the purity, quality, or status of something — often morality or metals
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deride
1 use
All those strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths just shriek with derision!
derision = treatment of others as inferior and unworthy of respect

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
...quite the subtlest, most enduring odor I ever met.
enduring = continuing to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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grotesque
1 use
...the interminable grotesques seem to form around a common centre and rush off in headlong plunges of equal distraction.
grotesques = things that are distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
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infuriate
1 use
The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.
infuriating = causing much anger or annoyance
DefinitionGenerally infuriate means:
to make very angry or annoyed
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perplex
1 use
In the daytime it is tiresome and perplexing.
perplexing = confusing due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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perseverance
1 use
The wall-paper, as I said before, is torn off in spots, and it sticketh closer than a brother—they must have had perseverance as well as hatred.
perseverance = continued effort to achieve something despite difficulties
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prescribe
1 use
I have a schedule prescription for each hour in the day;
prescription = recommendation, instruction, or rule

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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provoke
2 uses
pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study
provoke = cause (in reaction)
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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recur
1 use
There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.
recurrent = happening repeatedly
DefinitionGenerally recur means:
to happen repeatedly or a second time
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reproach
1 use
"Better in body perhaps—" I began, and stopped short, for he sat up straight and looked at me with such a stern, reproachful look that I could not say another word.
reproachful = critical (full of criticism)
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle shade of blue
It is not bad—at first, and very gentle, but quite the subtlest, most enduring odor I ever met.
subtlest = most understated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
understated so as not to draw attention to itself
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symmetry
1 use
I know a little of the principle of design, and I know this thing was not arranged on any laws of radiation, or alternation, or repetition, or symmetry, or anything else that I ever heard of.
symmetry = balance among the parts of something
DefinitionGenerally symmetry means:
balance among the parts of something

or more specifically:

having an exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candle light, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars!
twilight = the light from the sky at the time of day between daylight and darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
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undulate
1 use
John was asleep and I hated to waken him, so I kept still and watched the moonlight on that undulating wall-paper till I felt creepy.
undulating = wavy or rippled
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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