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dispute
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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1  —4 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
Definition
challenge, argue about, or fight over
  • As for the settlement of the disputed deed, you can be sure the Indians were not the beneficiaries of the resolution to that difference of opinion.
    p. 10.9
  • We had no doubts about the exact placement of the Kenmores or the Dowlings; Owen disputed my notion that Maureen Early and Caroline O'Day were in the top row—he SAW them nearer the bottom.
    p. 278.9
  • Disputed encounters with nature are also popular; my days here are most enjoyably spent in identifying species of bird and mammal and fish and reptile and, unfortunately, insect—almost none of which is well known to me.
    p. 428.4
  • And in the morning, long before the child stirs, I hear the gulls and I think about the tomato-red pickup cruising the coastal road between Hampton Beach and Rye Harbor; I hear the raucous, embattled crows, whose shrill disputations and harangues remind me that I have awakened in the real world—in the world I know—after all.
    p. 430.6

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  • Not even Owen Meany would dispute that.
    p. 530.2
  • Later, there was some dispute—not very interesting— regarding the Indian deed, and more interesting speculation regarding why Watahantowet's totem was an armless man.
    p. 10.6
  • Our most basic dispute began in the fall when we returned to the academy for our senior year, and one of the privileges extended to seniors at Gravesend was responsible for an argument that left Owen and me feeling especially uneasy.
    p. 347.1
  • And now we get to listen to the senators and the representatives who are running for office again; they tell the colonel all he doesn't know about the U.S. Constitution; they point out to him that patriotism is not necessarily defined as blind devotion to a president's particular agenda—and that to dispute a presidential policy is not necessarily anti-American.
    p. 388.6
  • And every year that I've visited the island, there are the familiar disputes regarding what kind of owl it was—or even if it was an owl.
    p. 428.1
  • Most recently—only this August—I heard from him in a manner typical of Owen; which is to say, in a manner open to interpretation and dispute.
    p. 523.2
  • But in a dispute between herons and patriots, the herons are not generally favored to win; the bombardment proceeded, as planned—the night sky was brilliantly set afire, and the explosions gratified us all.
    p. 586.4

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