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abstract   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
abstract thought
I'm not religious but I get the feeling that it's the simplest rituals, the ones that are integrated with the earth and its seasons, that are the most profound. It makes more sense to me than the more abstract forms of worship.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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1st useChapter 2.14
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2  —1 use as in:
abstract art
Abstract painting is more up my alley.
abstract = not imitating objects of nature
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
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1st useChapter 3.16
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anarchy
3 uses
Anarchy in the U.K., I love it.
anarchy = the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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ascetic
1 use
...the Manichaeans believed that the world and all matter were created by nefarious forces, and that the only way to battle them was through asceticism and a pure life.
asceticism = the practice of extreme self-denial

(editor's note:  In this context, nefarious is a synonym for evil.)
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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1st useChapter 2.9
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benevolent
2 uses
Felicia believes in the gods' benevolent powers,
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 2.10
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conjecture
1 use
A radio announcer barks fresh conjectures about a possible attack and...
conjectures = guesses (opinions based on inconclusive evidence)
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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denounce
3 uses
For good measure, she forbade Felicia to visit her best friend, Herminia, whose father everyone denounced as a witch doctor.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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1st useChapter 1.6
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deride
2 uses
Her aunt did not attend church and derided those who did.
derided = laughed at or made fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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1st useChapter 2.12
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
The auditorium vibrates with discord. Every combination of argument is going full tilt.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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disdain
2 uses
Pilar is like her grandmother, disdainful of rules, of religion, of everything meaningful.
disdainful = lacking respect
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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1st useChapter 1.6
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embassy
8 uses
Everyone in Santa Teresa del Mar has been talking about the trouble at the Peruvian embassy.
embassy = the building in a country where an ambassador and staff for a foreign country work
DefinitionGenerally embassy means:
an ambassador and staff who live in a country to represent their home country; or the building where they work
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1st useChapter 3.16
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fastidious
2 uses
Her father had been a fastidious man, impeccable, close-shaven, with razor-sharp creases pressed into his trousers.
fastidious = excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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incessant
2 uses
Jorge complains incessantly about him, finding faults where there are none.
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 1.1
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
Now she's the most fakely pious person I know. She calls any woman who even wears lipstick a whore.
pious = highly religious, or highly moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
This time, though, Lourdes longs for a profound emptiness, to be clean and hollow as a flute.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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1st useChapter 2.12
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refute
1 use
When the war came, no one could refute his evidence.
refute = disprove (prove that something is false)
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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revere
1 use
Celia revered El Líder and wanted Felicia to give herself entirely to the revolution, believing that this alone would save her daughter.
revered = deeply respected and admired
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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1st useChapter 2.13
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scrupulous
1 use
Ernesto, her gentle Ernesto, had been a restaurant inspector, renowned for his refusal to take bribes (neither money nor pork loins could tempt him) and for his scrupulous campaign against mice feces.
scrupulous = diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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scrutiny
2 uses
It watches as she turns to the register and rings up fifty cents. . . Then, just as the eye is about to relax its scrutiny, it spots Maribel slipping the coins into her pocket.
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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1st useChapter 1.1
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seduce
12 uses
I did try to seduce her.
seduce = to entice someone into having sex
DefinitionGenerally seduce means:
to persuade someone to do something by tempting them with something pleasurable or desired — often to make them want to have sex
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1st useChapter 1.6
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