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A Day No Pigs Would Die

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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide in the forest
And we ask only that his soul enter the Kingdom Hall, there to abide forever.
abide = live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to live in a place

or more rarely:  to live with someone or something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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balk
1 use
She balked at the gate, and I had to hit her hard with the stick a few times to move her forward.
balked = refused to comply
DefinitionGenerally balk means:
to refuse to comply
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1st useChapter 14
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desecrate
2 uses
We don't let Sebring Hillman desecrate what's ours that's buried there.
desecrate = violate the sacred character of
DefinitionGenerally desecrate means:
violate the sacred nature of something
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1st useChapter 8
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expulsion
1 use
It's no laughing matter. Next thing it'll be an F, for Failure. And you know what that means. Expulsion. He'll be put back a grade.
expulsion = kicked out of school (expelled)
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out
especially in 2 primary senses:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
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1st useChapter 6
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fester
1 use
No need to fester it.
fester = make it worse
DefinitionGenerally fester means:
of an injury:  to be inflamed and create pus

generally:  get worse — especially through inattention
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1st useChapter 12
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goad
1 use
Until Mr. Tanner gave me a healthy prod in the backside with his goad and said, "Git!"
goad = a pointed stick or other device used to prod animals (get them to move)
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 10
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gospel
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
they consider it gospel
And that's Gospel.
gospel = an unquestionable truth
DefinitionGenerally this sense of gospel means:
a set of beliefs firmly held by a group

or:

an unquestionable truth
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1st useChapter 8
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mallet
1 use
In each hole he used a mallet to pound in a trunnel peg of white oak
mallet = a piece of equipment for pounding
DefinitionGenerally mallet means:
a piece of equipment for pounding or hitting
such as:
  • a tool resembling a hammer but with a large cylindrical head that is usually made of rubber or wood
  • a long stick with a thick cylindrical head used to hit a ball in polo or croquet
  • a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike percussion instruments
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mirth
2 uses
I don't know whether she found it as mirthful as Papa, but she seemed to enjoy it some.
mirthful = full of fun and laughter
DefinitionGenerally mirth means:
fun and laughter
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1st useChapter 4
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mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
If you didn't come up, you got dead and your mortal soul went to Hell.
mortal = human (especially merely human) or subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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muster
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
muster strength or the crew
Any time I went fishing, she got fish. And all the soybean meal and alfalfa I could muster.
muster = gather
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muster means:
to gather
The exact meaning of this sense of muster is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "mustered her courage/strength/a smile" — to gather from within
  • "muster the soldiers/crew" — to gather — typically for inspection
  • "muster volunteers/votes" — to gather enough to do something
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ornery
1 use
Solomon's got it at sundown, and that's the only time of day that big ox is ornery.
ornery = easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ornery means:
quick to get annoyed, complain, argue, and be uncooperative
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1st useChapter 3
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plumb
1 use
Using a pebble on a horsehair string, he dropped it deep in the hole and let it hung to see if the hole was plumb to the earth.
plumb = exactly vertical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of plumb means:
exactly vertical or straight
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1st useChapter 4
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prosperous
1 use
It sure looked prosperous next to ours.
prosperous = successful or good (especially in regard to finances)
DefinitionGenerally prosperous means:
successful or good — especially with regard to finances or wealth
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1st useChapter 5
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provoke
3 uses
I guess I provoked old Apron.
provoked = caused a reaction from
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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recollect
1 use
recollection embraces them forever.
recollection = memory (especially experiences from long ago)

(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 recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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1st useFrwd.
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
I didn't want to render it up, but they took it.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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1st useChapter 2
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scythe
1 use
I cleaned up the tackroom and sharpened a scythe.
scythe = tool for cutting grass
DefinitionGenerally scythe means:
a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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sober
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sobering thought
When he turned round to me, his face was sober.
sober = serious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sobering means:
serious; or making one serious or calm
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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trespass
1 use
Papa didn't take too kind to trespass.
trespass = someone entering his property without permission
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trespass means:
to enter another's property without right or permission
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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