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apathy
1 use
Infected by a disease we could call apathy.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 22
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audacious
1 use
Archie was surprised by Leon's audacity, knowing his connection with The Vigils and bringing him in here this way.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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1st useChapter 4
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benevolent
1 use
Archie turned and smiled at him benevolently, like a ... king passing out favors.
benevolently = with kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 2
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
...he hated all sports and had nothing but contempt for athletes.
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 2
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desecrate
2 uses
The desecrated poster had been removed and the wall scrubbed clean.
desecrated = damaged in a disrespectful way
DefinitionGenerally desecrate means:
violate the sacred nature of something
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1st useChapter 35
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futile
3 uses
He suddenly saw how futile, how ridiculous the situation was.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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goad
3 uses
I'm not giving up, Jerry had pledged, listening to Archie's goading voice.
goading = prodding or encouraging
DefinitionGenerally goad means:
to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move
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1st useChapter 31
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grotesque
7 uses
"Kiss me," Janza said, puckering his lips grotesquely.
grotesquely = in a gross, distorted and unnatural way
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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indifferent
3 uses
Until this particular roll call, the class had been neutral, indifferent toward Jerry's position, maintaining a live-and-let-live attitude.
indifferent = impartial or unconcerned (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
He had disguised the event as a football rally, strictly for students, without the inhibition of the teachers being present.
inhibition = restraint

(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 this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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1st useChapter 35
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malicious
5 uses
Obie smiled in delicious malice.
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 36
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parody
2 uses
They had been standing in the traditional pose of fighters, gloves raised, ready for battle but a pathetic parody of professional fighters.
parody = very poor imitation
DefinitionGenerally parody means:
imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way

or:

a very poor imitation of somebody's style
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1st useChapter 32
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pervasive
1 use
His breath went away, like the ball—a terrible stillness pervaded him—and then, at the onset of panic, his breath came back again.
pervaded = spread throughout or filled
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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1st useChapter 1
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poise
1 use
Archie was at the doorway, poised to flee if Janza made a move.
poised = prepared (ready)
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
calm and in control — as in "shows poise under pressure"

and/or:

prepared for action — as in "poised for action" — (sometimes suspended or hovering as in "a finger poised over the mute button")

and/or:

confident and graceful in movement — as in "the poise and balance of a dancer"
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1st useChapter 15
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ponder
8 uses
Frowning, biting the pencil, he pondered the results of his arithmetic—sales were dropping at an alarming rate.
pondered = thought deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pretense
3 uses
And yet he felt guilty, knowing that he was accepting the kid's admiration under false pretenses, that he wasn't cool at all, not at all.
pretenses = appearances or actions to help one pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
waiting for school to start, like prisoners resigned to execution
resigned = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
One of those exams where the wrong, subtle interpretation of the facts made the difference between pass and fail.
subtle = difficult to understand (requiring finely tuned sensitivity and relevant knowledge)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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taunt
9 uses
The taunt, the beginning of the old cat-and-mouse game.
taunt = mean teasing (intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting)
DefinitionGenerally taunt means:
to intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone — especially by mocking them or hurling insults

or (as a noun): an insult or other action intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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wistful
5 uses
He thought wistfully of the guys out on the football field in the sweet fresh wind, tossing the ball around before practice began.
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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