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The Piano Lesson

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abide
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abide in the forest
May each drop of it be a weapon and a shield against the presence of all evil and may it be a cleansing and blessing of this humble abode.
abode = a place where one lives
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to live in a place

or more rarely:  to live with someone or something
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anxiety
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In their anxiety they knock over a lamp.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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baptism
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She been baptized.
baptized = "spiritually renewed" in a Christian ceremony

(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 baptism means:
a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

or:

a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
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congregation
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I'm getting more people in my congregation every day.
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
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dominate
1 use
Dominating the parlor is an old upright piano.
dominating = most conspicuous in
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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empower
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May this vial of water be empowered with thy spirit.
empowered = given power
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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exorcise
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It is intended as an exorcism and a dressing for battle.
exorcism = the act of expelling or driving away something bad — especially an evil spirit driven from a person or place or thing by prayer or magic
DefinitionGenerally exorcise means:
to expel or drive away something bad — especially an evil spirit driven from a person or place or thing by prayer or magic
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fervor
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They sing in harmony with great fervor and style.
fervor = intense feelings
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fraught
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It is a life-and-death struggle fraught with perils and faultless terror.
fraught = full of negative things; or marked by or causing distress
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harmonious
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1  —1 use as in:
soothing, harmonious music
They sing in harmony with great fervor and style.
harmony = in a pleasing manner (through the combination of different notes)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of harmonious means:
of music: pleasing (through the combination of different notes)
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impulsive
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He is brash and impulsive, talkative and somewhat crude in speech and manner.
impulsive = tends to act without forethought
DefinitionGenerally impulsive means:
action without forethought; or such a tendency
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Jerusalem
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They told me they had come from Nazareth and was on their way to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem = capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel; a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims
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liable
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1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
Wining Boy's liable to see anything.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of liable. Outside of this book, it is more likely used to indicate legal responsibility.)
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent place on the shelf
Doaker's room is prominent and opens onto the kitchen.
prominent = central
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
very easily noticed
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refuge
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The Bible say, "The Lord is my refuge . . . and my strength!"
refuge = something giving protection
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
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render
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1  —1 use as in:
rendered interpretation
The carvings are rendered with a grace and power of invention that lifts them out of the realm of craftsmanship and into the realm of art.
rendered = portrayed or created (in a particular way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from
The exact meaning of this sense of render depends upon its context. For example:
  • "Each artist will render a different interpretation when painting a portrait." — create in a particular way
  • "A Supreme Court judge may render his own interpretation of the Constitution." — interpret in a particular way
  • "The computer you are using, rendered this page from software instructions." — created through interpretation
  • "A graph is rendered from the underlying data." — made
  • "Fat can be rendered (extracted) by cooking meat slowly." — extracted from
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resurrection
1 use
Had enough nerve to tell them to come to church on Easter Sunday to celebrate his resurrection.
resurrection = to rise again after failure (in this case, referring to the Christian belief that is celebrated on Easter—that Jesus rose again after being killed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resurrection means:
to rise again after failure, inactivity, or disuse
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righteous
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1  —1 use as in:
a righteous cause
Get thee behind the face of Righteousness as we Glorify His Holy Name!
righteousness = morally correct behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of righteous means:
morally correct; or morally justified

or:

acting or feeling morally superior — especially when it isn't true (this meaning is more typically seen as a compound word beginning with "self-")
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sparse
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The house is sparsely furnished, and although there is evidence of a woman's touch, there is a lack of warmth and vigor.
sparsely = in a manner that is not dense or is few in number (in this case, there is not much furniture)
DefinitionGenerally sparse means:
not dense; or few in number and spread out
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whim
1 use
Say he got to depend on your whim.
whim = a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation (and so in not dependable or predictable)
DefinitionGenerally whim means:
a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
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