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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
— Remark attributed to a Hellenic corporal before the walls of Troy, 1194 B. C. The Rodger Young carries one platoon and is crowded; the Tours carries six — and is roomy.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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1st useChapter 13
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belligerent
2 uses
From our co-belligerents the Skinnies we knew that many missing troopers were alive as prisoners
belligerents = fighters
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 11
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benevolent
2 uses
to provide stable and benevolent government.
benevolent = kind or good
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 8
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delegate
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
delegate the job
But I had not yet learned to delegate authority.
delegate = assign tasks to other people (rather than doing them personally)
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1st useChapter 2
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
but that was the age of the "divine right of the common man."
divine = coming from God

(editor's note:  when human rights were thought to have been given by God)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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1st useChapter 12
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doctrine
12 uses
Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it.
doctrine = a belief accepted as authoritative by some group
DefinitionGenerally doctrine means:
a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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1st useChapter 13
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dubious
2 uses
That is to say that we had the dubious pleasure of folding them, carrying them four miles, and stowing them in a warehouse.
dubious = questionable (doubtful)
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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1st useChapter 12
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hypnotize
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
hypnotized to try to remember
But some of you ain't got any minds to hypnotize so I'll sketch it out.
hypnotize = to put someone into a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypnotize means:
to put someone into a state of hypnosis (a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility)

(Heightened suggestibility means that the hypnotized person is more inclined to accept and act on suggestions of the hypnotist.)
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1st useChapter 1
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immutable
1 use
This is an immutable, true everywhere, throughout all time, for all men and all nations.
immutable = something not subject or susceptible to change
DefinitionGenerally immutable means:
unchangeable
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mitigate
2 uses
Nothing you have said is any defense, nor even any mitigation; you don't seem to know the score nor have any idea of your duty as a soldier.
mitigation = reduction in harm

(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 mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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1st useChapter 5
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muster
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
muster strength or the crew
after we had mustered in the drop room of the Rodger Young, our platoon leader inspected us.
mustered = gathered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muster means:
to gather
The exact meaning of this sense of muster is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "mustered her courage/strength/a smile" — to gather from within
  • "muster the soldiers/crew" — to gather — typically for inspection
  • "muster volunteers/votes" — to gather enough to do something
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1st useChapter 1
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notorious
2 uses
But parks were so notoriously unsafe that honest people stayed clear of them after dark.
notoriously = well known for something bad
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1st useChapter 8
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obsolete
6 uses
But we learned a lot of "obsolete" weapons, too.
obsolete = no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better
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1st useChapter 2
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rebuttal
1 use
The debate was spirited, a bit noisy, and some Base police came in and broke it up with stun guns just as we were warming to our rebuttal.
rebuttal = argument in opposition
DefinitionGenerally rebuttal means:
a statement arguing against something
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1st useChapter 11
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rendezvous
11 uses
We had landed in a V formation, with Jelly at the bottom of the V and Red and myself at the ends of the two arms; now we had to close it into a circle around the retrieval rendezvous .
rendezvous = to meet at a certain time and place
DefinitionGenerally rendezvous means:
to meet at a certain time and place; or an instance of such a meeting
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1st useChapter 1
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
When I had decided to resign, it had indeed given me a measure of peace,
resign = quit (from the military)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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1st useChapter 6
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scrutiny
2 uses
But it makes the men feel better if their Old Man scrutinizes everything — besides, it's my job.
scrutinizes = looks at or examines very carefully

(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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simulate
17 uses
everything was simulated — but you are required to behave as if it is all real.
simulated = imitating a real situation
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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1st useChapter 5
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sovereign
8 uses
The unlimited democracies were unstable because their citizens were not responsible for the fashion in which they exerted their sovereign authority ...
sovereign = power (in this case, their power to vote for their leaders without interference by others)
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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1st useChapter 2
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tedious
4 uses
That 500th bullet turned tedious exercises into large-scale Russian roulette; you stop being bored the very first time you hear a slug go wheet!
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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1st useChapter 1
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