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True Believer by Sparks

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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
He'd learned through experience that the best way to approach a story like this was to begin with what he knew, so .... what did he know for certain?†
approach = begin to understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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1st useChapter 4
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contradict
1 use
I think you just contradicted yourself.†
contradicted = disagreed
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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1st useChapter 7
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Downtown appeared in sharp focus, in contrast to the dreamy, misty images he remembered.†
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 22
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2  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
With oak-paneled walls, mahogany flooring, and burgundy curtains, the cavernous, open room stood in stark contrast to the area downstairs.†
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 4
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disparate
1 use
Like most mysteries, it was a puzzle with many disparate pieces.
disparate = very different
DefinitionGenerally disparate means:
very different — often referring to a collection of very different elements such as a group of very different people
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evaluate
3 uses
He might hem and haw while glancing at his wife's picture and pretending to evaluate the merits, but he never passed up a story like this.†
evaluate = to think carefully and make a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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1st useChapter 2
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fraudulent
6 uses
In each instance that Jeremy had investigated, including those that were well documented in the media, fraud had been the cause of the mysterious events.†
fraud = someone who deceives others or something intended to deceive — usually for financial gain or ego
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
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1st useChapter 1
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
The name of the ship, ironically, was Titan.
ironically = an entertaining coincidence when what happens is very different than what might be 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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1st useChapter 10
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
A fisherman wrote of tides and catches in almost minute detail; the second, by a chatty schoolteacher named Glenara, described her budding relationship with a young visiting doctor over an eight-month period, as well as her thoughts about her students and people she knew in town.†
minute = insignificant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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1st useChapter 17
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nevertheless
1 use
Nevertheless, he felt reasonably comfortable at Greenleaf, even if Jed still hadn't cracked a smile.†
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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1st useEpil.
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nonetheless
9 uses
One that pressed the limits of believability, but a fluke nonetheless.†
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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1st useChapter 7
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
You're an objective journalist.
objective = fact-based and not influenced by personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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omit
1 use
He'd wanted to write a column criticizing the study, partly because it omitted what he felt were some important qualifications.†
omitted = to exclude or neglect something
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1st useChapter 2
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perpetrator
1 use
In both cases, the hoax was originally perpetrated as a practical joke, but public interest escalated so quickly that confessions were rendered difficult.
perpetrated = done (something wrong or illegal)
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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1st useChapter 10
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Look at it from her perspective
I suppose that depends on the perspective.†
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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1st useChapter 1
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phenomenon
6 uses
Don't you realize how many things had to come together to create this phenomenon?†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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1st useChapter 3
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precede
1 use
My reputation precedes me.†
precedes = goes, does, or is before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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1st useChapter 4
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primarily
2 uses
You do realize that I'm primarily a columnist?†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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1st useChapter 2
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relevant
2 uses
Most of the information covered the early history of the town, and he jotted what he thought were relevant notes on the pad beside him.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 4
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swindle
2 uses
Still, his career choice didn't change until his father was swindled by a bogus financial planner out of some $40,000, right before Jeremy graduated.
swindled = tricked
DefinitionGenerally swindle means:
tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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