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belligerent
1 use
"He reshapes the world," I whispered, belligerent.
belligerent = with the attitude of one eager to fight
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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blasphemy
1 use
ORK: Brothers, I've talked with the Great Destroyer!

...

FIRST PRIEST: Blasphemy! It is written: "Ye shall not see my face."
blasphemy = something said that is disrespectful of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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credulous
2 uses
In some way that I couldn't explain, I knew that his scorn of my childish credulity was right.
credulity = gullibility (the trait of being too willing to believe)

(editor's note:  In this context, scorn means "disrespectful rejection".)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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cunning
1 use
He got a cunning look, as if getting ready to offer a deal—the look men have when they fight with men instead of poor stupid animals.
cunning = clever and deceptive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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1st useChapter 6
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
discord is fundamental to the creation of new intensities of feeling.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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dubious
1 use
They have dim apprehensions that such propositions as 'God does not exist' are somewhat dubious at least in comparison with statements like 'All carnivorous cows eat meat.'
dubious = doubtful
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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1st useChapter 5
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futile
2 uses
Futility, doom, became a smell in the air,
futility = the pointlessness of effort (because it is sure to fail)
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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indifferent
11 uses
They watch with mindless, indifferent eyes,
indifferent = unconcerned and uninterested
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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ingenious
2 uses
He had something in reserve, some ingenious product of his counselor's wits that would overwhelm their scheme.
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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novel
2 uses
And yet in its refusal, it passes toward novel order as a primary requisite for important experience.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
I can observe in myself as objectively as might a mind ten centuries away.
objectively = without bias (the influence of personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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ominous
4 uses
He and his company went on, their weapons clinking, chain-mail jangling, solemn and ominous as drums.
ominous = threatening or suggestive of bad things to come (in this case, battle)
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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1st useChapter 3
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omnipotent
1 use
My wickedness five years ago, or six, or twelve, has no existence except as now, mumbling, mumbling, sacrificing the slain world to the omnipotence of words, I strain my memory to regain it.
omnipotence = all powerful nature
DefinitionGenerally omnipotent means:
all powerful
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peasant
7 uses
...he said angrily (unaware of the irony that he, a prince, had a right to anger, and the old man, a peasant, did not).
peasant = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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1st useChapter 8
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pervasive
1 use
pervasive and acrid as the dead smell after a forest fire
pervasive = existing throughout something; or widespread
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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petulant
2 uses
"Go ahead, scoff," he said, petulant.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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pompous
4 uses
His manner of speaking was infecting me, making me pompous.
pompous = behaving with excessive self-importance
DefinitionGenerally pompous means:
behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
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pretense
2 uses
He no longer looked at me, no longer made any pretense of telling the truth.
pretense = appearance or action (to help pretend)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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scorn
10 uses
Though I scorned them, sometimes hated them, there had been something between myself and men when we could fight.
scorned = disrespected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 5
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trifle
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Not just a trifle evil. Monstrously evil.
trifle = little (in amount)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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1st useChapter 1
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