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Change of Heart by Picoult

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9/11
1 use
Those rights were the foundation of America four hundred years ago, and they're still the foundation today. ... It's why, even after 9/11, religious freedom flourishes in America.
9/11 = September 11, 2001; when suicide bombers hijacked US airliners and used them as missiles to kill about 3,000 people
DefinitionGenerally 9/11 means:
September 11, 2001; when Al Qaeda suicide bombers hijacked United States airliners and used them as bombs to destroy the World Trade Center in New York City and to attack the Pentagon; about 3,000 innocents (mostly civilians) were killed
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
You could adjust the needle length by sliding the pen casing back and forth; all that was left was plugging in the AC adapter of the cassette player, and I had a functional tattoo gun again.†
adapter = someone or something that changes to fit a different situation, or that changes something to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
There was a camp that attributed its onset to myocarditis and other viral infections during infancy; and another that claimed it was inherited through a parent who was a carrier of the defective gene.†
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for 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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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byline
1 use
Can I expect a blistering commentary in the Catholic Advocate with your byline on it?
byline = printed line giving the name of the writer of an article
DefinitionGenerally this sense of byline means:
a line giving the name of the writer of an article — typically at the top of the article
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context
1 use
But what if we'd taken Shay's words out of context?†
out of context = misleading because something is presented without the setting or situation in which it occurred
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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defendant
20 uses
This defendant was small and delicately proportioned—the kind of guy who grew up being the punch line to high school jokes.†
defendant = a person or institution legally accused or sued in court
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Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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divine
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
he's found the part of him that comes closest to being divine.
divine = wonderful or God-like
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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gospel
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
gospel of the Bible
And the author of the Gospel of John never mentions his own name...
gospel = one of the four books in the New Testament that Christians believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life
DefinitionGenerally this sense of gospel means:
the religious teachings of Jesus

or:

one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christian's believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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grave
5 uses
I asked, and realized too late that I had made a grave mistake—that there was no reason for me to know that, unless I had been there.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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heresy
15 uses
What didn't fit this equation became heretical—if you weren't worshipping the right way, you were out.†
heretical = counter to popular belief of what is proper
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book15 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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infirmary
12 uses
Lucius When Shay Bourne returned to I-tier after three days in the hospital infirmary, he was a man with a mission.†
infirmary = a small facility where patients receive treatment
DefinitionGenerally infirmary means:
a small facility where patients receive treatment — such as a room or two at a school as contrasted to a busy hospital or medical clinic
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Talk about irony: just when I allowed myself to think that I might be in God's company, after all—He flatly rejected me.
irony = when what happened was very different than what might have been expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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perpetrator
1 use
How much worse would it have been for June if DNA testing had existed back then—if the alleged rape of Elizabeth had proved Kurt as the perpetrator?
perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
"Here," he said, and I absolutely, positively stopped breathing.†
positively = with certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —2 uses as in:
The test came back positive.
So the water tested positive for something that looked like alcohol, but only in certain pipes.†
positive = indicating that a condition was found
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
found a condition or substance to be present
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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precede
1 use
There is a procession of police cruisers that precedes the hearse; they blanket the highway like snow.†
precedes = goes, does, or is before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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primarily
1 use
Sighing, I entered the whirlpool area: a white oasis surrounded by white wicker benches where primarily white women waited for their white-coated therapists to call their name.†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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relevant
1 use
That means that you will get on that damn stand and swear on that Bible—which, for all I know, might not even be relevant to you now that you've found Jesus on I-tier.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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testimony
12 uses
At the start of the testimony, the judge had given us nearly an hour's worth of verbal instructions.†
testimony = something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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Book12 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
I was just about to repeat the endeavor with a yellow jawbreaker-the yield of paint was four times as much as a Skittle—when Shay's priest walked up to my cell door in his flak jacket.†
yield = production
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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