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Jacob Have I Loved

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benevolent
1 use
I smiled at my sister benevolently.
benevolently = with kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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capricious
1 use
The storm had been capricious.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
why had he come back after all these years to an island where he was hardly remembered except with contempt?
contempt = with disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
I wanted to get away from what I thought of as a very conventional small town and try my wings.
conventional = typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 18
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delta
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
river delta
Now, for example, I would be reassuring the Pharaoh that the flood was a gift from the gods, that once it receded, the rich black earth of the delta would bring forth abundant grain.
delta = geographic area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
a typically triangular area with sand or soil where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate wink
I had clearly gotten the best of her, so I sobered to an elaborate caricature of humility.
elaborate = exaggerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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exasperated
3 uses
My hands were shaking with rage or frustration or exasperation, who knew which, but I managed to fill the mug to the brim with the thick yellowish milk.
exasperation = greatly annoyance

(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 exasperated means:
greatly annoyed
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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extricate
1 use
As it was, I extricated myself as quickly as I could from them
extricated = removed
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Within a few days we learned that Mr. Rice had volunteered for the army and would be leaving for the war soon after Christmas. In chorus one morning the irony of celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace suddenly seemed too much.
irony = when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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midwife
5 uses
When I was about ready to graduate, a list of Appalachian communities asking for nurse-midwives was posted on the student bulletin board.
midwives = someone skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
DefinitionGenerally midwife means:
a non-doctor who practices the profession of assisting women in childbirth; or to assist in childbirth

or:

someone who helps bring something into existence; or the act of helping to bring something into existence
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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parody
1 use
It was almost perfect, just a fraction flatter and shakier than Betty Jean's voice had been, the o's and ah's parodies of Betty Jean's...
parodies = a very poor imitation of somebody's style
DefinitionGenerally parody means:
imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way

or:

a very poor imitation of somebody's style
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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petulant
2 uses
At six, Grandma woke, hungry and petulant.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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1st useChapter 18
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pious   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
"Whosoever shall say, 'Thou fool,' shall be in danger of hell fire," she quoted piously.
piously = in a highly religious or moral manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
a pious hypocrite
He didn't know anything about me or the day I was born or he'd never say such a foolish thing, sitting there so piously at his kitchen table, sounding for all the world like a Methodist preacher.
piously = in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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repentance
4 uses
But as fast as I would repent, resolving never again to hate, some demon would slip into my soul, tug at the corner, and...
repent = feel regret for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
But as fast as I would repent, resolving never again to hate, some demon would slip into my soul, tug at the corner, and...
resolving = definitely deciding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
"The only way to resolve the problem of the cats," he said, "is to dispose of them humanely."
resolve = solve or settle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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scanty
2 uses
We stopped only long enough to sell our scanty harvest to a buy boat along the way and then headed straight for Rass.
scanty = small in amount
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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scarcity
4 uses
in the mountains where doctors were scarce
scarce = available less than desired
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scrutiny
1 use
I pretended to study a torn cuticle to miss his scrutiny.
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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