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cadaver
1 use
1422: Attacking forces launch decaying cadavers over castle walls in Bohemia.
cadavers = dead human bodies
DefinitionGenerally cadaver means:
the dead body of a human being — especially one used for medical study
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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condescending
2 uses
Look, could you please lose the condescending tone here?
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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1st useChapter 12
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context
1 use
Their display was simple abandonment to affection, foolish in any other context, but completely genuine here.†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
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1st useChapter 22
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
And in contrast to the events in his dreams, he felt quite good.†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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1st useChapter 35
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast between the terror that consumed the land and this remnant of Elyon's potent power, left as a gift for them, was staggering.†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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1st useChapter 34
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deceive
11 uses
How could Tanis have been deceived so easily?†
deceived = lied or misled
DefinitionGenerally deceive means:
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
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1st useChapter 19
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diatribe
1 use
There was no lack of passion in his diatribe.
diatribe = a strongly felt and usually lengthy criticism of something or someone
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1st useChapter 14
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
I have legions at my disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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1st useChapter 19
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DNA
11 uses
The drugs, based on recombinant DNA research, weren't dose-restrictive-a fancy way of saying they could be taken in large quantities without side effects.†
DNA = cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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1st useChapter 8
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duplicity
1 use
Tom awoke with duplicitous images running circles in his head.
duplicitous = deceptive
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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dwell
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
The sky above the dwellings was filled with Roush, who floated and dived and twisted in the afternoon sun.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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imply
1 use
Clearly this information implied something significant, but Tom didn't have the foggiest notion what it could be.†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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1st useChapter 6
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
His skin tingled with each minute droplet of mist that touched him.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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1st useChapter 22
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mutation
21 uses
You do remember a report three months ago about unsustainable mutations of the vaccine.†
mutations = a change in the genes that determines how a living organism is designed; or the result of the change
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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precede
2 uses
None that preceded his fall came to mind.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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preposterous
8 uses
To Kara such realities would sound preposterous without having lived them firsthand.†
preposterous = absurd, outrageous, silly, or completely unreasonable
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1st useChapter 8
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sensuous
1 use
Her caress lingered on his skin, sensuous yet completely innocent at once.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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1st useChapter 10
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simulate
8 uses
We're basing the conclusions on a simulation.†
simulation = something that is not real, but is made to imitate or behave like something that is

(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 simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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1st useChapter 35
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sustain
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
sustained through the ages
You do remember a report three months ago about unsustainable mutations of the vaccine.†
unsustainable = not able to continue

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unsustainable means not and reverses the meaning of sustainable. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
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1st usePro.
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vaccine
134 uses
The company was best known for its handling of deadly viruses in the process of creating vaccines.†
vaccines = a substance (such as weakened or dead a disease-causing microorganism) injected into a person or animal to stimulate the production of antibodies to protect against a disease
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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