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Burned by Ellen Hopkins

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attain
2 uses
No doubt of this heaven, no worries about which kingdom I'd attained, only the certainty that heaven, indeed, existed, right there in our perfect union.†
attained = gained or reached something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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chronological
1 use
So much happened, it's hard to write it all down, so here are the highlights, in semichronological order: I rode Paprika, first in the paddock, then on the trail.†
semichronological = partially arranged according to time

(Editor's note:  The prefix "semi-" in semichronological means half or partially. This is the same pattern you see in words like semicircle, semisweet, and semiautomatic.)
DefinitionGenerally chronological means:
arranged according to time
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doctrine
2 uses
True, but Jesus had little to do with LDS doctrine.†
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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ebb
2 uses
Killing bunnies was not the point, drawing blood, watching life ebb, pulse by pulse.†
ebb = decline — typically gradually as with the height of the tide
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evaluate
1 use
Evaluation.†
evaluation = the process of thinking carefully and making a judgment about something

(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 evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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impending
2 uses
He had—huge deli sandwiches, carbs and protein to fend off any impending hangovers.†
impending = about to happen
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inconsequential
1 use
In fact, all I'd done with Derek—the best of it, and the worst of it—became instantly inconsequential.
inconsequential = not important
DefinitionGenerally inconsequential means:
unimportant (not consequential)
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indulge
1 use
In the afternoon Jackie took the girls outside to play while Mom indulged in a nap.†
indulged = enjoyed to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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integral
1 use
Making love indeed became an integral part of our couplehood.†
integral = an essential part or characteristic
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malicious
1 use
If you've never been on the wrong end of gossip, spread by malicious girls, you'd be surprised how fast they can disseminate reputation-crushing information.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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mentor
1 use
Just my luck, my angel mentor was tilted a bit to the sadistic side.†
mentor = someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
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obnoxious
2 uses
Maybe it was just his obnoxious tone, but I decided not to let it drop.†
obnoxious = rude or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally obnoxious means:
very rude or unpleasant
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omit
1 use
I admitted almost everything about Ethan, omitting only the part about making love.†
omitting = to exclude or neglect something
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polygamy
1 use
And did I want the Celestial Kingdom, anyway, where women are relegated to polygamy and procreation, gestating new souls to fill earthbound bodies?
polygamy = sharing a husband
DefinitionGenerally polygamy means:
the practice of being married to more than one person at the same time
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recoil
2 uses
I figured I could deal with a bit of a recoil.†
recoil = to move backward suddenly
DefinitionGenerally recoil means:
to move backward suddenly (sometimes figuratively)
especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person flinches (suddenly draws back) from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
  • when a person is emotionally repulsed, as by disgust
  • when something intended to go in one direction figuratively falls back in the opposite direction; for example, a story told to hurt someone that comes back to hurt the teller
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recollect
1 use
For Aunt J, it would be recollection reborn.†
recollection = memory

(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 recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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saunter
2 uses
Justin sauntered over totally defining the word "saunter."†
sauntered = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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seminary
6 uses
So I decided to pose the question in seminary.†
seminary = a school for training ministers, priests, or rabbis
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testimony
6 uses
Some brilliant manifesto about how God whispered sweet insights into my ear,higher truths that I would hold on to forever, once I'd shared them through testimony?†
testimony = something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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wily
2 uses
I know you shoot for sport, but have you ever hunted an animal wilier than you?†
wilier = more clever
DefinitionGenerally wily means:
clever and good at tricking others to achieve a goal
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