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9/11
1 use
Trick-or-treat seems to end earlier and earlier every year. I think that started with 9/11.
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
1st useChapter 29.
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
The direct approach might work.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 40.
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clone
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Can we clone it?
Or might the soul clone itself, create a perfect imitation of something yet to be defined?†
clone = copy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of clone means:
to make a copy of something — especially a genetically identical copy created with technology
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
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complacent
2 uses
As I start toward them, he sees me, and his demeanor shifts from complacency to sheer panic.†
complacency = contentment (often unworried to a fault)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17.
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discern
4 uses
For no discernible reason, my arms sprout goose bumps and my forehead leaks sweat.†
discernible = possible to notice or understand
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
The houses line smooth black streets, prim rows of postcard-pretty dwellings, coiffed and manicured from curb to chimney.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.
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entity
1 use
And he kisses me again, and now I understand how love can come alive inside you, beneath your skin, beneath your flesh and bone, a separate entity, breathing in and out its own special air, expanding to fill all those hollow places that you can't fill by yourself.†
entity = person, organization, or anything with a separate existence
DefinitionGenerally entity means:
a person, organization, lifeform, or anything with a separate existence
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 30.
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erratic
2 uses
Only this time, Mick's erratic driving draws unwanted attention.†
erratic = irregular or unpredictable
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1st useChapter 17.
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evoke
1 use
I Slip Off My Shoes Slide down the hall in my stocking feet, evoking a memory of Raeanne and me when we were little, playing champion ice-skaters.†
evoking = calling forth or causing
DefinitionGenerally evoke means:
to call forth or cause — typically to arouse an emotion or bring a memory to mind
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 28.
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extricate
4 uses
I asked her who, but she was lost in reverie, stuck in some horrible memory, unable to extricate herself.†
extricate = free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34.
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hippie
5 uses
In fact, I look like a pregnant hippie.†
hippie = a member of the 1960's counterculture associated with long hair, illegal drugs, casual sex, and opposition to violence.
DefinitionGenerally hippie means:
member of the counterculture that first became prevalent in the early 1960's in San Francisco — associated with long hair, illegal drugs, casual sex, and opposition to violence.
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16.
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indulge
2 uses
Has it only been a few days since I last indulged this not-so-bad habit?†
indulged = enjoyed to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17.
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irrelevant
2 uses
Eyes squeezed tight, Kaeleigh and I are not irrelevant.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9.
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malevolent
2 uses
She harbors some idiotic curiosity about our genealogy, as if dissecting the beast could help us escape its malevolence.
malevolence = the desire to do evil or to hurt others

(editor's note:  In this context, genealogy refers to their "family tree" or the list of extended family including such members as great, great grandparents, and third cousins.)
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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1st useChapter 14.
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overt
5 uses
I can't believe I actually defied Daddy in such an overt manner.†
overt = open and observable; not secret or hidden
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22.
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plausible
1 use
I so totally let him, even though a very, very big part of me needs him to give me a plausible explanation so I can get beyond his brother's knife-edged words.†
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 22.
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precede
3 uses
As usual, the smell of Wild Turkey preceded Daddy.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21.
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purge
4 uses
Kaeleigh's disgusting food binge made me want to purge.†
purge = get rid of
DefinitionGenerally purge means:
get rid of things thought undesirable
The exact meaning of purge can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "purge the government of our enemies" — get rid of people for political reasons
  • "purge my closet of everything I haven't worn in a year" — get rid of undesired things
  • "To purge yourself of crippling sorrow, you'll need to express it." — get rid of unwanted feelings
  • "I'm doing a 24-hour purge and then starting a new diet." — emptying the intestinal tract
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21.
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relevant
1 use
Not just dates and events, but also their relevance to today.†
relevance = importance (meaningful relation to the issue in question)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 25.
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satiate
1 use
Sweet Stuff Sounds good, but I know from experience I'll get sick before I can eat enough sugar to satiate this kind of need.†
satiate = to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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1st useChapter 14.
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