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acknowledge
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She far from acknowledged pain—anything but sorrow and pain.†
acknowledged = recognized
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
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ardent
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My instinct is always quick and ardent and hungry and doesn't lose any time.†
ardent = feeling intense emotion (often enthusiasm or love)
DefinitionGenerally ardent means:
showing or feeling intense emotion — typically strong positive feelings such as enthusiasm or love
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conscientious
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I was reading her lips, the conscientious way people do through train windows.†
conscientious = careful to do what is right
DefinitionGenerally conscientious means:
careful to do what is right—especially to perform duties in a thorough manner (as when guided by conscience)
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deceive
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To me ambition's always been a mystery, but now it was his try to deceive us—me and him both.†
deceive = lie or mislead
DefinitionGenerally deceive means:
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
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deviate
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Her hand never deviated, never shook from the noise.†
deviated = differed or changed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deviate means:
differ or change
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disarray
1 use
She was disarrayed.†
disarrayed = a state of disorder, confusion, or untidiness
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disparage
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In our room, her voice would go low and soft to complete disparagement.†
disparagement = the act of criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dwindle
1 use
I looked down through the yard and the usual crowd seemed to have dwindled a little, I could not think who was out.†
dwindled = decreased
DefinitionGenerally dwindle means:
to decrease — in count or substance
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impervious
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Just as unharmed as bubbles a child blows, the most impervious things—you've seen grass blades go through bubbles and they still reflect the world, give it back unbroken.†
impervious = not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
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indelible
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If some indelible red false-fronts joined one to the other like a little toy train went by, I didn't think of my childhood any more.†
indelible = cannot be removed, washed away or erased; or unforgettable
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mallet
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I felt light-headed, not serious at all, really doing it for a child when I lifted my mallet—the one with the red band that had always been mine.†
mallet = a piece of equipment for pounding or hitting
DefinitionGenerally mallet means:
a piece of equipment for pounding or hitting
such as:
  • a tool resembling a hammer but with a large cylindrical head that is usually made of rubber or wood
  • a long stick with a thick cylindrical head used to hit a ball in polo or croquet
  • a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike percussion instruments
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rampart
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High up on the ramparts of town some old iron bells were ringing.†
ramparts = an embankment or wall built for defensive purposes
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relegate
1 use
Nobody was inside but the barkeep—a silent, relegated place like a barn, old and tired.†
relegated = assigned to a less important position or classification
DefinitionGenerally relegate means:
assign to a less important position or classification
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sojourn
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God help me, the name Sojourner was laid on my head like the top teetering crown of a pile of things to remember.†
sojourner = someone who visits a place
DefinitionGenerally sojourn means:
a temporary visit to a place
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stupefy
1 use
She would get stupefied for sleep.†
stupefied = made unable to think
DefinitionGenerally stupefy means:
make one unable to think
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