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appalling
1 use
Outside, in the hall, with the door slammed he was laughing and she was crying, and they both stood appalled at the other's reaction.†
appalled = shocked by how terrible or horrible something is
DefinitionGenerally appalling means:
shockingly terrible or horrible
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conjure
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Oh, so now you admit you have been conjuring up Africa, do you?†
conjuring = summoning into action or bringing into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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constant
1 use
Can't say I did; the usual violences, a tendency toward a slight paranoia here or there, usual in children because they feel persecuted by parents constantly, but, oh, really nothing.†
constantly = in a manner that is unchanging, continuous, or happens repeatedly
DefinitionGenerally constant means:
unchanging, continuous, or happening repeatedly
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Denmark
1 use
If you intersperse this Africa with a little variety — oh, Sweden perhaps, or Denmark or China —†
Denmark = officially The Kingdom of Denmark; a constitutional monarchy in the Scandinavian region of northern Europe which was at one time the home of Viking raiding parties and is today a member of the EU and NATO
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however
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1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
In this case, however, the room has become a channel toward-destructive thoughts, instead of a release away from them.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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indicate
1 use
And it was clearly indicated that the children had been spending a little too much time on Africa.†
indicated = showed
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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jovial
1 use
"All about Africa and everything," said the father with false joviality.
joviality = cheerfulness and friendliness
DefinitionGenerally jovial means:
cheerful and friendly
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neurotic
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If children are neurotic at all, a room like that —†
neurotic = mildly mentally disturbed — usually worrying too much about something; or someone with such symptoms
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nevertheless
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Nevertheless, I've noticed they've been decidedly cool toward us since.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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ozone
1 use
Wendy and Peter were coming in the front door, cheeks like peppermint candy, eyes like bright blue agate marbles, a smell of ozone on their jumpers from their trip in the helicopter.†
ozone = a colorless gas (O3)
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Pegasus
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How often had he seen Pegasus flying in the sky ceiling, or seen fountains of red fireworks, or heard angel voices singing.†
Pegasus = Greek mythology:  the immortal winged horse; as the flying horse of the Muses it is a symbol of highflying imagination
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persecution
2 uses
Can't say I did; the usual violences, a tendency toward a slight paranoia here or there, usual in children because they feel persecuted by parents constantly, but, oh, really nothing.†
persecuted = treated very badly and unfairly
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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reactionary
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Oh, they look real, I must admit — Africa in your parlor — but it's all dimensional, superreactionary, supersensitive color film and mental tape film behind glass screens.†
superreactionary = someone who is extremely opposed to change; or relating to such a viewpoint
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sedative
1 use
You smoke a little more every morning and drink a little more every afternoon and need a little more sedative every night.†
sedative = a drug that calms or puts to sleep; or describing something as calming
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telepathy
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Remarkable how the nursery caught the telepathic emanations of the children's minds and created life to fill their every desire.†
telepathic = the magical ability to talk and/or listen mind-to-mind without the need to speak out loud or hear with the ears
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twinge
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Oh, occasionally they frightened you with their clinical accuracy, they startled you, gave you a twinge, but most of the time what fun for everyone, not only your own son and daughter, but for yourself when you felt like a quick jaunt to a foreign land, a quick change of scenery.
twinge = a sudden, short-lived feeling of emotion (in this case, fear)
DefinitionGenerally twinge means:
a sudden, short-lived feeling of pain or emotion
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