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Interview with the Vampire

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agony
10 uses
I was in a frenzy for a moment, not myself, insisting to him that the man's heart still beat, and I was in an agony to clamp onto him again.†
agony = intense suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
And there seemed nothing human about him; even his handsome features and dark hair became the attributes of a terrible angel who shared with the rest of us only a superficial resemblance.†
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —3 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
Of course, . you must understand that Babette, being as strong as she was, never once attributed what she saw to imagination or to ghosts.†
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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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 1
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beckon
12 uses
Lestat sat down and beckoned her to sit in his lap.
beckoned = called (to come by using a hand gesture or a nod)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book12 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
'Exactly, and consequently if you believe God made Satan, you must realize that all Satan's power comes from God and that Satan is simply God's child, and that we are God's children also.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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contort
9 uses
I saw her white hand clutching at his sleeve, and I could see his chest heaving for breath and his face contorted the way I'd never seen it.†
contorted = twisted
DefinitionGenerally contort means:
twist or bend to an unnatural shape — something such as the human body, a facial expression, or the truth
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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despise
8 uses
As I look back on this, I still despise him for it.†
despise = dislike strongly and look down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Book8 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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disdain
6 uses
And with a movement of his entire body, much too fast for me to see, he was suddenly standing disdainfully at the foot of the steps.†
disdainfully = with a lack of respect; or with a sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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grave
5 uses
To bring this suffering on another, and to condemn to death all those men and women whom that vampire must subsequently kill! I broke a grave promise.†
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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infinite
14 uses
But then the vampire smiled almost wistfully, and the smooth white substance of his face moved with the infinitely flexible but minimal lines of a cartoon.†
infinitely = unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Book14 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
"It would perhaps have been better all around if you had said nothing." And he smiled to see that I understood with him the irony of this.
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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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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loathe
10 uses
I positively loathed Lestat.†
loathed = detested or intensely disliked
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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malevolent
1 use
Her delicate voice broke, her eyes fixed on the tall, malevolent leader vampire, that demon trickster who now stepped out of the circle of the others towards her.
malevolent = evil
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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mortal
21 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
mortal body
Lestat hunted for mortals every night,
mortals = humans
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book21 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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nevertheless
3 uses
And all the while, there was that height and those sharp black eyes and that powerful attention which was, of course, perfect mockery, but nevertheless riveted to myself.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 1
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opera
10 uses
And now picture Lestat, gnashing his teeth like a comic-opera devil because he was not going to kill the young Freniere.†
opera = a musical play with orchestra in which most of the dialogue is sung (or the art form that consists of such musicals; or describing something as related to that art form)
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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palpable
8 uses
And I would see her sweet and palpable before me, a shimmering, precious creature soon to grow old, soon to die, soon to lose these moments that in their tangibility promised to us, wrongly .... wrongly, an immortality.†
palpable = very apparent
DefinitionGenerally palpable means:
very apparent (so strong, it almost seems to take a material form that can be touched)
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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precede
2 uses
The tramp of the feet grew louder, and I began to sense that one step preceded the other very sharply, the second dragging slowly across the earth.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePart 2
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rectify
1 use
I'd thought occasionally of going to her, of trying some way to rectify what I had done; and other times I thought it would all heal itself; and in my new life of nightly killing, I had grown far from the attachment I'd felt for her or for my sister or any mortal.
rectify = fix
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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yield
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I took her quickly from Armand, and felt her soft limbs against me as if we were both in. the coffin, yielding to that paralytic sleep.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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