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A Living Nightmare - Cirque Du Freak book 1

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beckon
1 use
He beckoned our neighbor over and handed Mom to him.
beckoned = called (to come by using a hand gesture or a nod)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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bewilder
1 use
I asked, bewildered.†
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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contradict
1 use
"I didn't say that," he contradicted me.†
contradicted = disagreed
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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despise
2 uses
He was feared and despised everywhere he went.†
despised = disliked strongly and looked down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
But what if they left town directly after the show, in the middle of the night?†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
My attacker, whoever he was, had a hammer and a large wooden stake, the tip of which was pointing directly at my heart!†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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dismay
1 use
Tommy asked, dismayed.†
dismayed = to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5
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genuine
1 use
"I have to throw you hard enough to make it look genuine," he said.†
genuine = real
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 29
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heed
1 use
"But heed this, Darren Shan," he said.†
heed = pay close attention to; or do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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hypnotize
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hypnotized to try to remember
walked the hypnotized wolf-man through the theater
hypnotized = in a trance-like state of heightened suggestibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypnotize means:
to put someone into a state of hypnosis (a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility)

(Heightened suggestibility means that the hypnotized person is more inclined to accept and act on suggestions of the hypnotist.)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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immerse
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immersed in her book
I was so immersed, I forgot about...
immersed = completely involved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immerse means:
to get very interested or completely involved
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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mentor
1 use
You and your mentor.†
mentor = someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 32
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muse
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
her musings
"Perhaps," Mr. Crepsley mused, tugging at his chin and stroking his scar.
mused = thought (reflected deeply on a subject)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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optimistic
1 use
"They sounded optimistic," she said.†
optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 22
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paralysis
5 uses
"The goat is paralyzed," he said.†
paralyzed = made unable to move or make a decision
DefinitionGenerally paralysis means:
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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perplex
1 use
"Ladies and gentlemen," he said, "our next act is another unique and perplexing one.†
perplexing = confusing due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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retort
1 use
"Children don't have heart attacks," Annie retorted.†
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sheer fun
...by sheer bad luck, she happened to barge in.
sheer = pure — without other reasons
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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theme
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
musical theme
the theme tunes from a few popular TV shows
theme = primary melody
DefinitionGenerally this sense of theme means:
the initial or primary melody of a musical composition

or

(as in "theme song") music that is most repeated in a film, television series, or other theatrical production
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10
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therefore
1 use
Back then I could tell myself that he didn't know who I was and therefore couldn't find me.†
therefore = for that reason
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
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Book1 use
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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