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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
To be less abstract—Let us suppose...
abstract = conceptual (dealing in concepts or ideas that are not associated with any specific instance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
I was deeply interested in the little family history which he detailed to me with all that candor which a Frenchman indulges whenever mere self is his theme.
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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coherent
3 uses
incoherent in its words
incoherent = not logically consistent

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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conjecture
1 use
What song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, although puzzling questions, are not beyond all conjecture.
conjecture = the act of forming an opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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contend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She contended with it
heard two voices in loud and angry contention
contention = argument (struggling verbally)

(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 contend means:
to struggle
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corroborate
6 uses
It would have been corroborative of this idea of motive.
corroborative = supporting

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
He examines the countenance of his partner, comparing it carefully with that of each of his opponents.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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cursory
1 use
In fact, having once satisfied themselves that no egress could have been made in this quarter, they would naturally bestow here a very cursory examination.
cursory = hasty and without attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally cursory means:
quick—not thorough (without attention to detail)
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depravity
1 use
In the manner of thrusting the corpse up the chimney, you will admit that there was something ... altogether irreconcilable with our common notions of human action, even when we suppose the actors the most depraved of men.
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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diligent
1 use
The results attained by them are not unfrequently surprising, but, for the most part, are brought about by simple diligence and activity.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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discern
1 use
Its wandering and wild glances fell at this moment upon the head of the bed, over which the face of its master, rigid with horror, was just discernible.
discernible = possible to see
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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encumber
1 use
In a word, why did he abandon four thousand francs in gold to encumber himself with a bundle of linen?
encumber = hinder (weigh down)
DefinitionGenerally encumber means:
hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
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engender
2 uses
I wish you, therefore, to discard from your thoughts the blundering idea of motive, engendered in the brains of the police by that portion of the evidence which speaks of money delivered at the door of the house.
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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ingenious
3 uses
the analyst is necessarily ingenious
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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petulant
2 uses
glancing, with a petulant expression
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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prodigious
2 uses
the prodigious power which had been exerted
prodigious = enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
...what is only complex is mistaken (a not unusual error) for what is profound.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
...my astonishment was profound.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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scrutiny
3 uses
Dupin scrutinized every thing...
scrutinized = looked at very carefully

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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testimony
10 uses
Let me now advert ... to what was peculiar in that testimony.
testimony = a statement at a trial or hearing

(editor's note:  In this context, advert is a synonym for refer and peculiar is a synonym for strange.)
DefinitionGenerally testimony means:
something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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