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Waiting for Godot

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affectation
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I must be getting on. Thank you for your society. (He reflects.) Unless I smoke another pipe before I go. ... But how am I to sit down now, without affectation, now that I have risen? Without appearing to –how shall I say– without appearing to falter.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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allude
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Are you alluding to anything in particular?
alluding = making an indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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coherent
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wild gestures, incoherent words.
incoherent = not understandable (unclear)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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conciliatory
1 use
Pozzo advances threateningly.
VLADIMIR: (conciliating). I once knew...
conciliating = attempting to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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contrary
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
One is supposed to have been saved and the other ... (he searches for the contrary of saved) ... damned.
contrary = opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Hope deferred maketh the something sick, who said that?
deferred = postponed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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establish
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
...it is established beyond all doubt that...†
established = shown or proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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extricate
1 use
(Pozzo extricates himself with cries of pain and crawls away.)
extricates = frees from constraint or difficulty
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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incredulous
1 use
Gentlemen, I am happy to have met you.
(Before their incredulous expression.) Yes yes, sincerely happy.
incredulous = unbelieving
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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indifferent
1 use
Now? . . . (Joyous.) There you are again . . . (Indifferent.) There we are again. . . (Gloomy.) There I am again.
indifferent = without emotion (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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inevitable
3 uses
It's inevitable.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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mollify
1 use
He wants to mollify me, so that I'll give up the idea of parting with him.
mollify = calm
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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ostentatious
1 use
(he looks at them ostentatiously in turn to make it clear they are both meant) .
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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recoil
7 uses
Estragon recoils in horror.
recoils = moves backward suddenly
DefinitionGenerally recoil means:
to move backward suddenly (sometimes figuratively)
especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person flinches (suddenly draws back) from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
  • when a person is emotionally repulsed, as by disgust
  • when something intended to go in one direction figuratively falls back in the opposite direction; for example, a story told to hurt someone that comes back to hurt the teller
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resolute
2 uses
We should turn resolutely towards Nature.
resolutely = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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scrutiny
1 use
Vladimir and Estragon scrutinize the sunset.
scrutinize = look very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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tangible
1 use
In anticipation of some tangible return.
tangible = clearly valuable
DefinitionGenerally tangible means:
capable of being touched, or easily understood so there is no question of its value or reality
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tedious
1 use
You find it tedious?
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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tirade
1 use
During Lucky's tirade the others react as follows.
tirade = speech of angry criticism
DefinitionGenerally tirade means:
a speech of angry criticism
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zenith
1 use
ESTRAGON: ... Look at the little cloud.

VLADIMIR: (raising his eyes). Where?

ESTRAGON: There. In the zenith.
zenith = the highest point (straight up)
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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