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9/11
4 uses
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had been its own freestanding agency for decades, but after 9/11 had been folded into the Department of Homeland Security.
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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1st useChapter 1.1
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anarchy
2 uses
It was chaos, anarchy.
anarchy = the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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1st useChapter 3.17
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assuage
1 use
for the time being her kids' fears had been assuaged
assuaged = soothed
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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1st useChapter 3.16
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condescending
2 uses
He failed to show up for work, and when he did, he worked listlessly, and condescended to his father's employees.
condescended = treated others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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1st useChapter 1.1
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
She deferred to her husband,
deferred = submitted (her opinion to his)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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1st useChapter 2.11
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despondent
3 uses
And even when he could eat what was offered, he was often too agitated or despondent to do so.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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1st useChapter 2.11
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disdain
1 use
He stared at Zeitoun and Todd, his face curious and disdainful.
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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1st useChapter 4.24
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disparage
1 use
He made disparaging remarks about the United States.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 4.25
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ebullient
1 use
One day the manager of Webster Clothes, a menswear store across the road, had come into the drugstore and, admiring Kathy's ebullient personality, asked her if she'd be willing to quit KB or, if not, take a second job at Webster.
ebullient = happy and energetic
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incarcerate
12 uses
And so they came to know the strange rules of their incarceration.
incarceration = captivity (or imprisonment)

(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 incarcerate means:
put in prison, or otherwise confine
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1st useChapter 4.44
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incredulous
4 uses
When Kathy told him that Zeitoun was still in New Orleans, Rob was incredulous.
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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1st useChapter 2.7
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Islam
29 uses
Kathy began borrowing books about Islam.
Islam = the Muslim religion; second most practiced religion in the world
DefinitionGenerally Islam means:
the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; the world's second most practiced religion
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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mitigate
1 use
the misunderstanding ... would be mitigated.
mitigated = made less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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1st useChapter 4.25
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
He took this as a positive sign, or a darkly comic one.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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1st useChapter 4.27
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
The guilt Zeitoun now felt was profound and growing.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.25
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rectify
1 use
It would take some time before it could be rectified.
rectified = corrected, fixed, or made right
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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1st useChapter 4.38
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relevant
2 uses
Since the attacks in New York, he would say, every time a crime was committed by a Muslim, that person's faith was mentioned, regardless of its relevance.
relevance = meaningful relation to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 1.1
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
He had resigned in 2005, a few months after the storm.
resigned = quit (his job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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1st useChapter 5.47
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
She seemed to swing between worry and fatalistic resignation.
resignation = 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 3.17
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ubiquitous
1 use
On the side was their ubiquitous logo, the words ZEITOUN A. PAINTING CONTRACTOR next to a paint roller resting at the end of a rainbow.
ubiquitous = seemingly present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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