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Death Comes for the Archbishop

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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
From the first accident of this kind, Father Vaillant escaped with nothing worse than a sprain, and he wrote Bishop Latour that he attributed his preservation to the Archangel Raphael, whose office he had said with unusual fervour that morning.†
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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belittle
2 uses
"I noticed that scholars always manage to dig out something belittling," he complained.†
belittling = making someone or something seem less important
DefinitionGenerally belittle means:
to make someone or something seem less important
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celibate
4 uses
During supper, his host asked the Bishop flatly if he considered celibacy an essential condition of the priest's vocation.†
celibacy = the state of never having sexual intercourse
DefinitionGenerally celibate means:
abstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse

or:

an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently he slept late the next morning—did not awaken until six o'clock, when he heard the Angelus ringing.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
He himself was eager to have the Cathedral begun; but whether it was Midi Romanesque or Ohio German in style, seemed to him of little consequence.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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cultivate
5 uses
He cultivated his peach trees, and watched over his garden like a little kingdom, never allowing the native women to grow slack in the water-supply.†
cultivated = developed, grown, or prepared for growing crops
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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disdain
1 use
Don Manuel Chavez, the handsomest man of the company, very elegant in velvet and broadcloth, with delicately cut, disdainful features,—one had only to see him cross the room, or to sit next him at dinner, to feel the electric quality under his cold reserve; the fierceness of some embitterment, the passion for danger.†
disdainful = full of disrespect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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distend
2 uses
Then, with a look of horror beyond anything language could convey, she threw back her head and drew the edge of her palm quickly across her distended throat—and vanished.†
distended = extended or swollen
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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dwell
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
The white dwellings, two and three storeyed, were not scattered, but huddled together in a close cluster, with no protecting slope of ground or shoulder of rock, lying flat against the flat, bright against the bright,—both the rock and the plastered houses threw off the sun glare blindingly.†
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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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
The school was now well established, reckoned a benefit to the community by Protestants as well as Catholics, and the trees were bearing.†
established = firmly existing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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hospitable
6 uses
They all disappeared when Manuel Lujon walked out of the great house, hat in hand, smiling and hospitable.†
hospitable = welcoming
DefinitionGenerally hospitable means:
welcoming
in various senses, including:
  • inclined to treat guests well — as in "She is good-natured and hospitable."
  • favorable to life and growth — as in "The climate is hospitable to roses."
  • open to new ideas or change — as in "The organization is hospitable to new ideas."
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infidel
5 uses
Trying to make my bell out an infidel?†
infidel = negative term for someone who does not believe in the "right" religion
DefinitionGenerally infidel means:
a negative term describing someone as not believing in the "right" religion or god
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jurisdiction
5 uses
"But these missions are still under the jurisdiction of Mexico, are they not?" inquired the Frenchman.†
jurisdiction = the authority to make decisions or apply the law; or the territory subject to such authority
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martyr
9 uses
He will be called upon for every sacrifice, quite possibly for martyrdom.†
martyrdom = the death or suffering of someone due to upholding principles
DefinitionGenerally martyr means:
someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion, or someone who commits a suicide death in the name of their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
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moreover
7 uses
The woman was known to St. Vrain, moreover, who confirmed her statement that she was born Magdalena Valdez, at Los Ranchos de Taos, and that she was twenty-four years old.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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perish
4 uses
Riding on, they presently drew rein under the Enchanted Mesa, and Jacinto told him that on this, too, there had once been a village, but the stairway which had been the only access to it was broken off by a great storm many centuries ago, and its people had perished up there from hunger.†
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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precede
2 uses
The Novena preceding Christmas, which had long been celebrated by dances and hilarious merrymaking, was this year a great revival of religious zeal.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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ravine
5 uses
Before the hour was done they did indeed come upon a wretched adobe house, so poor and mean that they might not have seen it had it not lain close beside the trail, on the edge of a steep ravine.†
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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sacrilege
2 uses
The execution was not followed by any sacrilege to the church or defiling of holy vessels, but merely by a division of the Padre's stores and household goods.†
sacrilege = disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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seminary
18 uses
He came to us directly from the Seminary.†
seminary = a school for training ministers, priests, or rabbis
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