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The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene by Greene

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alacrity
1 use
...and came with unusual alacrity towards the door;
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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apathy
1 use
He waited apathetically, and the roof dripped behind him.
apathetically = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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appalling
11 uses
It was appallingly complicated.
appallingly = terribly
DefinitionGenerally appalling means:
shockingly terrible or horrible
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Book11 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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blasphemy
1 use
Old staid members of the congregation had sometimes raised objections:  it was blasphemous, they said, to make this guy out of Our Lord's betrayer; but he had said nothing and let the practice continue - it seemed to him a good thing that the world's traitor should be made a figure of fun.
blasphemous = 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Her candour made allowances for nobody:
candour = honesty and directness

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use candor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.3
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complacent
7 uses
He had done nothing to shake her complacency.
complacency = contentedness (satisfied and unworried)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.3
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
The voice said with contempt, "You believers are all the same."
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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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contrite
12 uses
I shall feel contrition and be forgiven:
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

(editor's note:  This book also often uses the phrase "Act of Contrition", referring to a Catholic prayer expressing sorrow or regret for having sinned.)
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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despair
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
do not despair
He knew he was in the grip of the unforgivable sin, despair.
despair = giving up hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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diffident
1 use
They had something in common - a kind of diffidence.
diffidence = hesitancy and unassertiveness
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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disdain
1 use
He stood above her disdainfully with...
disdainfully = with a lack of respect; or with a sense of superiority
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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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malicious
8 uses
Three of four faces looked at him with malicious amusement:
malicious = wanting to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book8 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.3
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martyr
24 uses
He was one of the martyrs of the Church.
martyrs = people who suffer for the sake of principle
DefinitionGenerally martyr means:
someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion, or someone who commits a suicide death in the name of their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
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Book24 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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obstinate
3 uses
It said roughly and obstinately, "A man isn't afraid of a thing like that."
obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to the wishes of others
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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penitent
4 uses
penitence was the fruit of long training and discipline:
penitence = feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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pious
24 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
"Young Juan," the mother read, "from his earliest years was noted for his humility and piety."
piety = highly religious and moral behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.2
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plateau
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found on the plateau
There was no shelter anywhere on this plateau.
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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repentance
11 uses
He needed a confessor to draw his mind slowly down the drab passages which led to grief and repentance.
repentance = to feel regret for having done wrong and to desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I hereby resolve never more to offend Thee ...
resolve = firmly decide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.1
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
The heavy brown eyes stared sullenly back at him.
sullenly = in a gloomy manner; or showing a bad mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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