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acute
1. sensitive, heightened; sharp, pointed; severe
2. clever, shrewd
"Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in heaven and in the earth."

- The Tell-Tale Heart
vex
to irritate, annoy; confuse, puzzle
"for it was not the old man that vexed me, but his Evil Eye."

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profound
intelligent; difficult to understand; deep, infinite
"So you see, he would have been a very profound old man indeed to suspect that every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept."

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sagacity
shrewdness, intelligence
"Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers--of my sagacity."

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stifled
suppressed or held back; smothered or suffocated
"It was not a groan of pain or of grief--oh, no! It was the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul when over charged with awe."

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stalk
to hunt, pursue
"All in vain, because Death, in approaching him, had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim."

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resolve
to determine or to make a firm decision about
"When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little--a very, very little crevice in the lantern."

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stealthily
quietly and cautiously
"So I opened it--you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily--until, at length, a single dim ray, like the thread of a spider, shot out from the crevice and full upon the vulture eye."

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wane
to decrease gradually
"The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence."

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wary
careful, cautious
"There was nothing to wash out, no stain of any kind, no blood-spot whatsoever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all. Ha! Ha!"

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suavity
smooth grace or politeness, courtesy
"There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police."

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audacity
boldness, daring
"I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim."

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repose
to lie dead; to relax or rest
"I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim."

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vehemently
strongly, urgently
"I talked more quickly, more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased."

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trifle
something of slight worth or little importance
"I arose and argued about trifles in a high key and with violent gesticulations, but the noise steadily increased."

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gesticulation
the act of making gestures; a particularly expressive gesture
"I arose and argued about trifles in a high key and with violent gesticulations, but the noise steadily increased."

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derision
mockery, ridicule
"Any thing was more tolerable than this derision!"

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hypocritical
expressing feelings or virtues that one doesn't really have
"I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer!"

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keenly
intensely, sharply
"I never knew anyone so keenly alive to a joke as the king was."

- Hop-Frog
corpulent
obese, bulky
"They all took after the king, too, in being large, corpulent, oily men, as well as inimitable jokers."

- Hop-Frog
inimitable
unable to be copied or imitated
"They all took after the king, too, in being large, corpulent, oily men, as well as inimitable jokers."

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predispose
to incline or give a tendency beforehand; to put in place, to settle in advance
"Whether people grow fat by joking or whether there is something in fat itself which predisposes to a joke, I have never been quite able to determine; but certain it is that a lean joker is a rara avis in terris."

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retain
to hold, keep possession of
"Several of the great continental 'powers' still retained their 'fools,' who wore motley, with caps and bells, and who were expected to be always ready with sharp witticisms at a moments notice"

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motley
1. the colorful attire of a jester
2. an assortment, mixture
"Several of the great continental 'powers' still retained their 'fools,' who wore motley, with caps and bells, and who were expected to be always ready with sharp witticisms at a moments notice"

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gait
the way one moves on foot, a manner of walking
"In fact, Hop-Frog could only get along by a sort of interjectional gait--something between a leap and a wriggle"

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illimitable
not having a limit or boundary, endless
"a movement that afforded illimitable amusement, and of course consolation"

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consolation
something providing comfort or solace for a loss or hardship
"a movement that afforded illimitable amusement, and of course consolation"

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constitutional
having to do with physical structure or health of something or someone
"notwithstanding the protuberance of his stomach and a constitutional swelling of the head"

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prodigious
vast, enormous, extraordinary
"But although Hop-Frog, through the distortion of his legs, could move only with great pain and difficulty along a road or floor, the prodigious muscular power which nature seemed to have bestowed upon his arms, by way of compensation for deficiency in the lower limbs, enabled him to perform many feats of wonderful dexterity, where trees or ropes were in question, or any thing else to climb."

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bestow
to give as a gift; to apply or devote time or effort
"But although Hop-Frog, through the distortion of his legs, could move only with great pain and difficulty along a road or floor, the prodigious muscular power which nature seemed to have bestowed upon his arms, by way of compensation for deficiency in the lower limbs, enabled him to perform many feats of wonderful dexterity, where trees or ropes were in question, or any thing else to climb."

- Hop-Frog
compensation
something that makes up for the faults of something else; repayment, reimbursement
"But although Hop-Frog, through the distortion of his legs, could move only with great pain and difficulty along a road or floor, the prodigious muscular power which nature seemed to have bestowed upon his arms, by way of compensation for deficiency in the lower limbs, enabled him to perform many feats of wonderful dexterity, where trees or ropes were in question, or any thing else to climb."

- Hop-Frog
dexterity
physical or mental skill, ability
"But although Hop-Frog, through the distortion of his legs, could move only with great pain and difficulty along a road or floor, the prodigious muscular power which nature seemed to have bestowed upon his arms, by way of compensation for deficiency in the lower limbs, enabled him to perform many feats of wonderful dexterity, where trees or ropes were in question, or any thing else to climb."

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barbarous
lacking culture or refinement; mercilessly cruel
masquerade
a costume ball; disguise, action that conceals the truth
novel
new, original
implore
to call upon in supplication, beg
indignation
anger caused by something mean or unjust
protracted
prolonged, drawn out, extended
ejaculate
to exclaim suddenly
whet
to sharpen, stimulate
vagabond
one who moves from place to place with no fixed home
repulsive
sickening, disgusting; repellant
pacify
to restore calm, bring peace
diversion
an amusing or relaxing activity; a distraction
draw
to pull, drag; to lead, to bring about on purpose, to attract or be attracted to
execution
1. the act of performing or carrying out a task
2. the act of putting to death
civilized
relating to human lifestyle as opposed to the wild, humane; politely sophisticated, cultured
procure
to obtain
residue
remainder, remnant
detrimental
causing harm or injury
impediment
barrier, obstacle; speech disorder
prodigious
vast, enormous, extraordinary
expiate
to atone for, make amends for
tumult
state of confusion; agitation
descend
to pass from a higher place to a lower place
incite
to move to action, to activate, to urge on
inevitable
certain, unavoidable
contrived
devised, planned or managed; formed in an artistic manner
din
blaring noise
agility
great coordination
suspend
to hange; to delay, interrupt
ascent
movement upward; an upward slope; a climb or rising to another level
countenance
appearance, facial expression
scrutinize
to observe carefully
multitude
a crowd, the state of being many, a great number
virulence
extreme harmfulness, malignancy
scruple
to hesitate because of one's moral conscience, to make a wise ethical or moral decision
abet
to act as an accomplice, to help
adhere
to cling to; to follow without deviation
vengeance
punishment inflicted in retaliation; vehemence
fetid
foul-smelling, putrid
solicit
to petition persistently, to seek out
succinctly
tersely, briefly, concisely
expound
to explain or describe in detail
docility
tameness, a willingness to be taught, good behavior
disposition
mood or temperament
indulge
to spoil; to give in, as to a craving or desire
derive
to receive from a source, to origtinate
paltry
pitifully small or worthless
fidelity
loyalty
uncongenial
dissimilar in tastes and habits; having an unpleasant manner
partiality
a special liking for something; favoritism or favorable bias
allusion
indirect reference
temperament
an attitude, a manner of behaving
intemperance
lack of restraint or self-control
restrain
to control, repress, restrict, hold back
scruple
an ethical and moral belief that prevents action; a hesitation caused by moral conscience
malevolence
ill-will, desire to cause evil or harm to others; hatred
atrocity
revolting wickedness, cruelty
debauch
excessive eating or drinking, overindulgence
sentiment
an attitude, thought, or judgement prompted by feeling; a romantic or nostalgic feeling
remorse
a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt
equivocal
ambiguous, open to more than one interpretation; equal in name, but not in reality
irrevocable
conclusive, irreversible
perverseness
deliberate disobedience or misbehavior; contrariness
impulse
sudden tendency, inclination
faculty
the ability to act or do
perpetual
endless, lasting
inclination
tendency toward
unfathomable
very difficult to understand; incapable of being measured
consummate
to accomplish, to complete
conflagration
a big, destructive fire; an intense scene
apparation
an unexpected or unusual sight or appearance; a ghostly figure
adjacent
next to, close, bordering
stupefied
having dull senses; stunned, astonished
infamy
reputation for bad deeds
constitute
to be the parts or components of something, to compose; to equal
evince
to show clearly or display
loathing
hatred or dislike
odious
hateful, contemptible
pestilence
epidemic, plague, illness
aversion
intense dislike
pertinacity
stubborn persistence
chimera
a fantasy or dream
contemptuously
scornfully
incarnate
having human or bodily form; personified
incumbent
leaning or pressing upon something else
compel
to urge or force
exasperate
to irritate
wrath
anger, rage
goad
to prod or urge
expedient
something that speeds up a process or meets an urgent need; a method; a resource
adapted
accustomed, equipped
minute
precise, detailed; very small
forbear
to refrain or resist; to tolerate or put up with
detested
intensely hated
inscrutability
the inability to be fully seen or understood
allay
to lessen, ease, or soothe
arch
having the highest rank, most important; mischievous, roguish
anomalous
irregular or deviating from the norm
exult
to be extremely joyful, to rejoice