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aggravate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she aggravates me
This aggravates his father no end, and several other adults have made nasty remarks about it too.
aggravates = annoys or irritates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of aggravate means:
annoy or irritate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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audible
1 use
I gasped audibly.
audibly = in a manner that can be heard
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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compassion
4 uses
But as I was saying, it is a fact that John has compassion deep inside of him, which is the real reason we got involved with the Pigman.
compassion = sympathy for another's suffering and wanting to help
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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compulsive
1 use
Although I didn't know John and his family until two years ago when I moved into the neighborhood, from what I've been able to gather I think his father was a compulsive alcoholic.
compulsive = involuntary (in this case, not being able to resist the urge to drink)
DefinitionGenerally compulsive means:
describing something someone does as done too much because of an uncontrollable desire — such as excessive gambling or eating
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1st useChapter 2
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
Would he think we had forsaken him and deliberately ripped his wife's clothes—viciously broken the pigs?
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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disdain
1 use
"Wandermeyer," I offered, with just the right touch of disdain I thought.
disdain = lack of respect (in this case, for a game that is being played)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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distort
6 uses
Also, you'll find out soon enough that John distorts—when he isn't out-and-out lying.
distorts = alters the truth
DefinitionGenerally distort means:
to alter something in an unnatural or untrue way
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate design
She finally got out of the house again that night by performing an elaborate ritual about having to go to the library.
elaborate = detailed (perhaps complex)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 15
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factor
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It was the deciding factor.
Now, I don't like school, which you might say is one of the factors that got us involved with this old guy we nicknamed the Pigman.†
factors = things that affect a result or outcome
DefinitionGenerally this sense of factor means:
something that affects a result or outcome
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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hoard
2 uses
The only part that impressed me out of the whole article was about the crazy lady in the sanitarium who hoarded food and sheets and towels and...
hoarded = gathered to store (as though they were things of great value)
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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hypnotize
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hypnotized by her performance
Snakes can hypnotize their prey.
hypnotize = fascinate so much that awareness of other things is lost
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypnotize means:
fascinate so much that awareness of other surrounding things is lost or too much trust is granted
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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nocturnal
3 uses
we went into the nocturnal room of the Mammal Building.
nocturnal = (for animals that are) active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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omen
9 uses
Right there and then I should have known the dream was an omen of death.
omen = sign of something about to happen
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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pathetic   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Her pathetic look saddened us.
He walked very slowly, and he had lost so much weight. It was pathetic, that's what it was.
pathetic = pitiful (something that arouses pity)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pathetic means:
pitiful (arousing pity)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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2  —1 use as in:
a pathetic attempt to insult me
I mean those particular cops were so dumb it was pathetic.
pathetic = so bad it is laughable or contemptible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pathetic means:
very bad — possibly so bad it is laughable (possibly mixed with some feeling of pity)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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philanthropy
1 use
I could pretend I belonged to the Howard Avenue Civic League or some other fictitious philanthropy.
philanthropy = an organization that helps others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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1st useChapter 4
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pneumonia
3 uses
He sounded just like the kind of guy who'd commit suicide by taking a cold shower and then leaving the windows open to die of pneumonia!
pneumonia = a lung disease
DefinitionGenerally pneumonia means:
respiratory disease characterized by inflammation and accumulation of fluid in the lungs; caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses or bacteria) or by inhalation of certain irritants
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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putrid
2 uses
as he opened up a bottle of a putrid brand of beer
putrid = disgusting
DefinitionGenerally putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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strenuous
1 use
Everybody was in it, so I knew it was going to be a strenuous bore.
strenuous = difficult (in this case to endure or sit through the whole thing)
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
energetic; or physically or mentally difficult or requiring endurance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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subconscious
4 uses
"...and you can't even tell a subconscious suicide when you talk to one. ... He sounded just like the kind of guy who'd commit suicide by taking a cold shower and then leaving the windows open to die of pneumonia!"
subconscious = mental activity of which we are not aware, but which can influence feelings and behavior

(editor's note:  Many people use this as a synonym for unconscious; though experts in the mind may distinguish a difference.)
DefinitionGenerally subconscious means:
mental activity of which one is not aware, but which can influence feelings and behavior; or the part of the mind that engages in such activity
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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