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After Dark by Murakami

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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
Beyond the glass, however, there is no scenery, only an uncolored space like a pure abstract idea.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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1st useChapter 10
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comprehend
3 uses
Disoriented and confused though she may be, she is exerting all her strength to comprehend the logic underlying this place-the basis of its existence.
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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1st useChapter 3
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
The camera draws back slowly to convey an image of the entire room.
convey = show
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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1st useChapter 2
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She felt that you had deliberately put a kind of distance between the two of you.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
He performs each movement deliberately.
deliberately = slowly with great care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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enigma
3 uses
Could she have succeeded in escaping from that enigmatic room?
enigmatic = mysterious and seeming unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
Now these were huge, heavy boulders, so rolling them was hard, and pushing them up an incline took an enormous effort.
incline = an angle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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1st useChapter 1
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innocuous
1 use
We are inside a Denny's. Unremarkable but adequate lighting; expressionless decor and dinnerware; floor plan designed to the last detail by management engineers; innocuous background music at low volume; staff meticulously trained to deal with customers by the book:
innocuous = unlikely to disturb
DefinitionGenerally innocuous means:
unlikely to harm or disturb
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1st useChapter 1
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
...in Alphaville, you're not allowed to have deep feelings. So there's nothing like love. No contradictions, no irony. They do everything according to numerical formulas.
irony = saying one thing while meaning something else
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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1st useChapter 5
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meticulous
2 uses
...staff meticulously trained to deal with customers by the book:
meticulously = in a manner that treats details with great care
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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monotonous
2 uses
The only sound is the monotonous hum of the heater on the ceiling.
monotonous = lacking in variety
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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1st useChapter 1
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nocturnal
1 use
a cautious nocturnal creature that runs on electricity.
nocturnal = active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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1st useChapter 2
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prodigious
1 use
This is a gigantic city, after all, and it produces a prodigious volume of garbage.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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1st useChapter 18
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redundant
1 use
Redundant though it may sound, we are sheer point of view. We cannot influence things in any way.
redundant = more than is needed (in this case, not necessary to repeat or say aloud)
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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1st useChapter 14
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Eventually she tires of directing her speech outward and closes her mouth in apparent resignation.
resignation = acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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1st useChapter 14
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reticent
1 use
...whatever the differences in their situations, both types are equally reticent. Even the young couple who stop at a drink vending machine, tightly pressed against each other, have no more words for each other.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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1st useChapter 16
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scrutiny
1 use
He puts it back and picks up another apple, subjecting it to the same kind of scrutiny.
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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1st useChapter 7
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transparent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
transparent shower door
But now it is impossible for her to pass through the transparent glass wall and return to this side.
transparent = capable of being seen through with clarity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of transparent means:
able to be seen through with clarity
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1st useChapter 14
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undulate
2 uses
The interference undulates and rises.
undulates = makes a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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1st useChapter 9
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unobtrusive
2 uses
...we attempt to watch it unobtrusively,
unobtrusively = in a manner that does not to attract much attention or disturb
DefinitionGenerally unobtrusive means:
fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb
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1st useChapter 4
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