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aloof
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The sight, the memory now, of the aloof and ravenous face opposite his, dark in the pearly window light, and the sorrowful mouth devouring the very best food until all had disappeared except for a pile of bones and a frill of paper—this filled him with a glow that began to increase while they smilingly nodded and rose.†
aloof = socially distant or uninterested
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
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amiable
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His black eyes were amiably following a little fly now.†
amiably = in a friendly way
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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appalling
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It gave him an appalling moment.†
appalling = shockingly terrible or horrible
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ascetic
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For them, as for young, unattached, dashing boys, or renegade old men far gone, the roulette wheel all evening in some smoke-filled but ascetic room ... how would it be?†
ascetic = someone who practices self-denial; or something that is severely plain
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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askance
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Eugene looked askance at a flower seller: where had the seasons gone?†
askance = with disapproval or distrust; or directed to one side
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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avid
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Didn't it matter which poor, avid life took the gaze and which gave it?†
avid = enthusiastic or strongly interested
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belligerent
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Besides, though the cafeteria was economical and healthy, just now it had begun to be infested by those wiry, but unlucky, old men forever reading racing forms as they drank coffee; one particularly, in a belligerent pea-green sweater with yellow bands, seemed to change the whole tone of the place simply by always occupying the table anybody else would want.†
belligerent = hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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breadth
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But the Spaniard, cocking his head at Emma's full-sailed manifestation, simply pointed to his own breadth and opened his eyes on Eugene with one warm, brimming question of his own.†
breadth = the distance between two sides; or the range of variety — especially a broad range of knowledge
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cadence
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It was this that was smelling so sweet ... Eugene seemed to hear the extending cadence of "The Stubborn Rocking Horse," a piece of his he always liked, and could play very well.†
cadence = rhythm or recurring pattern
DefinitionGenerally cadence means:
rhythm or recurring pattern of sounds or movements
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compel
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Eugene felt compelled to: he let go the Spaniard and ran hurrying to catch the hat and bring it back.†
compelled = forced; or (more rarely) convinced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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contrived
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His eyes half closed upon the mountains of houses not wall-like, as houses were in other places, but swollen like beehives, and one hive succeeding another, mounting into tremendous steps of stairs—and alive inside, inwardly contriving.†
contriving = arranging — especially in an unnatural way
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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direct
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1  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
He laughed first and then slapped her leg, there in Peter and Paul directly in front of me home from my trip.†
directly = close
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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disconcerting
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He pumped the substantial arm, taking an extra moment to recover himself, not to appear quite this disconcerted, or so rejected; he had entirely surprised himself.†
disconcerted = disturbed or unsettled
DefinitionGenerally disconcerting means:
disrupt composure — such as to confuse or worry
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elated
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Elation ran all through his body, like the first runner that ever knew the way to it.†
elation = intense feeling of happiness and excitement

(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 elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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excruciating
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He was laughing at the Filipino; and all the time, out of the whole room, perhaps, only he knew how excruciating this small mishap probably was.†
excruciating = extremely painful—physically as from a toothache or emotionally as from embarrassment
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exude
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It exuded sweat.†
exuded = to emit — either:  a clear intangible such as confidence; or a gradual flow of liquid
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haughty
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The beeves were moving across, all right, and on the other side a tramp leaned on a cane to watch, leering like a dandy at each one of the carcasses as it went by; it could have been some haughty and spurning woman he kept catching like that.†
haughty = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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hideous
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The Spaniard, when Eugene looked to him, was making a hideous face over the lighting of another cigarette.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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recollect
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The lapse must have endured for a solid minute or two, and afterwards he could recollect it.†
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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ubiquitous
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So they turned and their walk could still go on along shore, past the black pits of fires and the ubiquitous, ugly, naked sea onions, until they reached rocks; then it led up to the overlooking wall.†
ubiquitous = being present everywhere or all the time
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