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abrupt
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1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The proprietor let his laugh out like a flood. Then he sobered abruptly.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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assault
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When she accused him of nothing, of no carelessness or disregard of her feelings, he was fairly sure she had not heard about the assault in his car.†
assault = attack
DefinitionGenerally assault means:
to attack someone or something physically or verbally; or to threaten violence
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beseech
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As they pulled out into the road again, the other man began to lift a beer bottle, and stared beseechingly, with his mouth full, at the man with the guitar.†
beseechingly = in a manner that asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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bewilder
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It was the look of bewilderment in her face that he would remember.†
bewilderment = a feeling of extreme confusion
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Bing Crosby
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He was nervously trying to tuck a Bing Crosby cretonne shirt into his pants like a real shirt.†
Bing Crosby = U.S. singer and film actor (1904-1977)
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commotion
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Looks like you would 'a' heard the commotion.†
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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conflict
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It was for relief, almost, that his thoughts turned to pity, to wonder about the two tramps, their conflict, the sudden brutality when his back was turned.†
conflict = struggle or disagreement
DefinitionGenerally conflict means:
a struggle or disagreement
in various senses, including:
  • a serious disagreement — as in "political conflict"
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings — as in "I'm conflicted about where I should go to college."
  • a violent fight or war — as in "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"
  • an idiom that refers to tension between responsibilities to different entities — "conflict of interest"
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dogged
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1  —1 use as in:
dogged determination
...he remarked doggedly.
doggedly = persistently
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
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flourish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
He placed the strongest drink from the tray in her hand, with a little flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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impetus
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She ran in as far as the middle of the lobby as though from impetus.†
impetus = a force that causes something or helps it move
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inarticulate
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The other man was so bogged in inarticulate anger that Harris could imagine him running down a cotton row after the rabbit.†
inarticulate = unable to express oneself clearly; or not expressed clearly
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)

or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed

The exact meaning of inarticulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
  • a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
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indeterminate
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Walking over to the party, so as not to use his car, making the only sounds in the dark wet street, and only partly aware of the indeterminate shapes of houses with their softshining fanlights marking them off, there with the rain falling mistlike through the trees, he almost forgot what town he was in and which house he was bound for.†
indeterminate = unknown or uncertain
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pneumonia
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Wet feet, pneumonia, he thought.†
pneumonia = a lung disease
DefinitionGenerally pneumonia means:
respiratory disease characterized by inflammation and accumulation of fluid in the lungs; caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses or bacteria) or by inhalation of certain irritants
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ponder
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It was his only remark, and it was delivered in a slow and pondering voice.†
pondering = thinking deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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postpone
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This had postponed the call to the hospital.†
postponed = delayed until a later time
DefinitionGenerally postpone means:
delay until a later time
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precarious
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And the recurring sight of hitch-hikers waiting against the sky gave him the flash of a sensation he had known as a child: standing still, with nothing to touch him, feeling tall and having the world come all at once into its round shape underfoot and rush and turn through space and make his stand very precarious and lonely.†
precarious = unsafe or unsure
DefinitionGenerally precarious means:
unsafe or in danger of getting worse — especially in danger of falling
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recur
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And the recurring sight of hitch-hikers waiting against the sky gave him the flash of a sensation he had known as a child: standing still, with nothing to touch him, feeling tall and having the world come all at once into its round shape underfoot and rush and turn through space and make his stand very precarious and lonely.†
recurring = happening repeatedly
DefinitionGenerally recur means:
to happen repeatedly or a second time
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resume
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Now resuming his speed, he moved over a little in the seat.†
resuming = beginning again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
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vagabond
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"No kin of mine, he's nothing but a vagabond," said Ruth, and led Harris off to the kitchen by the hand.
vagabond = a person who wanders from town to town with no fixed home or job
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