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A Retrieved Reformation

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anguish
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Annabel turned to Jimmy, her large eyes full of anguish, but not yet despairing.†
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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assiduous
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A guard came to the prison shoe-shop, where Jimmy Valentine was assiduously stitching uppers, and escorted him to the front office.†
assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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captivate
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He met Miss Annabel Adams, and became more and more captivated by her charms.†
captivated = attracted and held the interest (of someone)
DefinitionGenerally captivate means:
to attract and hold the interest (of someone)
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chronicle
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Valentine, 9762, was chronicled on the books, "Pardoned by Governor," and Mr. James Valentine walked out into the sunshine.†
chronicled = a record of events; or the act of creating such a record or telling others of the events
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commotion
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Suddenly there was a scream or two from the women, and a commotion.†
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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compulsory
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He had on a suit of the villainously fitting, ready-made clothes and a pair of the stiff, squeaky shoes that the state furnishes to its discharged compulsory guests.†
compulsory = required by rule
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eminent
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There on the floor was still Ben Price's collar-button that had been torn from that eminent detective's shirt-band when they had overpowered Jimmy to arrest him.†
eminent = standing above others in attainment or reputation
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genial
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"Got anything on?" asked Mike Dolan, genially.†
genially = in a friendly, good-natured manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of genial means:
friendly and good-natured
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guile
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Isn't that young lady Polly Simpson?" asked Jimmy, with specious guile.†
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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prosper
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Mr. Ralph Spencer, the phoenix that arose from Jimmy Valentine's ashes—ashes left by the flame of a sudden and alterative attack of love—remained in Elmore, and prospered.†
prospered = did well
DefinitionGenerally prosper means:
to do well or to grow stronger
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prosperity
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The clerk handed him a railroad ticket and the five-dollar bill with which the law expected him to rehabilitate himself into good citizenship and prosperity.†
prosperity = the state of doing well — especially economically
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Reformation
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A RETRIEVED REFORMATION.†
Reformation = a series of Christian efforts to reform the Catholic Church which led to major protestant denominations separate than the Catholic Church
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rehabilitate
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The clerk handed him a railroad ticket and the five-dollar bill with which the law expected him to rehabilitate himself into good citizenship and prosperity.†
rehabilitate = restore to good condition
DefinitionGenerally rehabilitate means:
to restore someone (or more rarely, something) to a state of good condition — such as recovery from addiction, illness, prison, or poor reputation
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resume
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He's resumed business.†
resumed = began again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
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saunter
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While they were thus engaged Ben Price sauntered in and leaned on his elbow, looking casually inside between the railings.†
sauntered = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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simultaneous
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It fastened with three solid steel bolts thrown simultaneously with a single handle, and had a time-lock.†
simultaneously = at the same time
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tempered
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1  —1 use as in:
tempered steel
It was a complete set, made of specially tempered steel, the latest designs in drills, punches, braces and bits, jimmies, clamps, and augers, with two or three novelties, invented by Jimmy himself, in which he took pride.†
tempered = made stronger or more flexible by heat treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tempered means:
made stronger or more flexible by heat treatment — often of steel or glass
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unobtrusive
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On the Monday night after Jimmy wrote this letter, Ben Price jogged unobtrusively into Elmore in a livery buggy.†
unobtrusively = in a manner that fits in so as 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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