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After the First Death

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acquiesce
1 use
Miro acquiesced, saw the reasonableness of the move.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied (did what someone else wanted him to do)
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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cacophony
2 uses
His howl touched off a chorus of screams and cries chat rivaled the cacophony outside the bus.
cacophony = loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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clandestine
1 use
The school itself was a secret place; while the authorities allowed the refugees to live citizenless in the camps, they forbade them to conduct schools, making education clandestine, carried out under guard.
clandestine = secret
DefinitionGenerally clandestine means:
secret; or conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
He felt contempt for the boy.
contempt = lack of respect
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
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corroborate
1 use
But she felt it was her responsibility to see him, to corroborate the fact of his death.
corroborate = confirm with additional evidence (in this case, as an eye witness)
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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depravity
1 use
Turning and turning, a dance of depraved delight.
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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despondent
2 uses
She felt despondent suddenly,
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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discern
2 uses
...after a while, Kate discerned a pattern in their arrivals and departures.
discerned = to notice something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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divert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divert the traffic or funds
We merely want to divert the bus from its course for a few minutes.
divert = change the direction
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divert means:
to change the direction of something, or the purpose for which it is used
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forage
1 use
He stared at them a long time from across the street one morning as they prepared for another day of foraging for food or whatever they could turn to food.
foraging = searching for and gathering — often food and provisions
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
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futile
7 uses
I knew a phone call would be useless, a futile gesture.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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incredulous
2 uses
"You believe them?" Miro asked, incredulous.
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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indifferent
4 uses
His eyes were half closed as he sprawled in the seat, pretending indifference.
indifference = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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languid
4 uses
Most of the children were still in a land of half stupor, languid, like limp rags.
languid = having little energy and moving slowly
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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obscure
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The snow obscured the footpaths,
obscured = made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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pathetic   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Her pathetic look saddened us.
He had seduced her with his pathetic tale of wandering through the camps as a child and had somehow enlisted her sympathy.
pathetic = pitiful (arousing pity)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
a pathetic attempt to insult me
Maybe she had another weapon in her small pathetic arsenal.
pathetic = very bad — possibly so bad it is laughable (possibly mixed with some feeling of pity)
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persist
6 uses
But she had to persist.
persist = continue — often despite difficulty
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 1
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ponder
17 uses
She caught her breath, pondering a new thought:
pondering = thinking deeply or carefully
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Book17 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
She rose to her feet and stood tentatively near the doorway.
tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 8
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