essentially “In himself man is essentially a beast, only he butters it over like a slice of bread with a little decorum” (Remarque 44). convulsed "Thus we staggered forward...and the convulsed and dead soldiers, who lie there…” (Remarque 115-116). skirmish “After a while Mittelstaedt stops the skirmish and begins the very important exercise of creeping” (Remarque 177).
novel sentence: 1) banal- repeated too often; over-familiar through overuse novel sentence: “If one wants to appraise it, it is at once heroic and banal - but who wants to do that?” (Remarque 272). stand-alone sentence: For the balloon debate, John Kay got thrown off the hot air balloon due to his use of banal arguments.
2) docile - easily handled or managed novel sentence: “They listen, they are docile-but when it begins again...” (Remarque 134). stand-alone sentence: The horses at my old riding school were very docile; they never made any troubles.
3) embitter - cause to be bitter or resentful novel sentence: “At first astonished, then embittered, and finally indifferent, we recognized that what matters is not but the boot brush,not intelligence but the system, not freedom but drill” (Remarque 21). stand-alone sentence: People tend to become embittered after painful experiences.
4) foreboding - a feeling of evil to come novel sentence: “Our forebodings increase as rum is served out” (Remarque 103). stand-alone sentence: A black cat crossing your path on a Sunday is believed to be a foreboding by superstitious people.
5) furtive - secret and sly or sordid novel sentence: “They have dysentery; furtively many of them display the blood-stained tails of their shirts” (Remarque 190). stand-alone sentence: James Bond furtively sneaked into the penthouse and assassinated the target.
6) ghastly - shockingly repellent; inspiring horror novel sentence: “He looks ghastly, yellow and wan” (Remarque 14). stand-alone sentence: The suit he wore to prom was ghastly; it had a brown-orange color and along with that he wore a purple tie.
7) insatiable - impossible to satisfy novel sentence: “Muller is insatiable and gives himself no peace” (Remarque 77). stand-alone sentence: Not eating any carbs leaves me with an insatiable feeling.
8) laconic - brief and to the point novel sentence: “‘How does the cow-shit come on the roof?’ retorts Müller laconically, and turns to Haie Westhus again” (Remarque 78). stand-alone sentence: In my opinion, I prefer people who speak laconically, because I don't like ambiguity.
9) patronizing - characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance novel sentence: “Patronizingly he gives the youngster a portion and he says…” (Remarque 36). stand-alone sentence: My brother patronizes me by saying that I'm really tiny compared to him.
10) peculiar - beyond or deviating from the usual or expected novel sentence: “I’d been struck by the peculiarity of the man...” (Hesse 10). stand-alone sentence: Her sketchbook consists out of peculiar drawings of monsters and horrific scenes.
11) quixotic - not sensible about practical matters novel sentence: “If it were possible for us to save them, then it would be seen how much we cared - we would have a shot at it through we went under ourselves; for we can be dammed quixotic when we like; fear we do not know much about - terror of death, yes; but that is a different matter, that is physical” (Remarque 139). stand-alone sentence: A lot of teenage girls have quixotic fantasies about marrying a One=Direction member.
12) upbraid - express criticism towards novel sentence: “Mittelstaedt continues to upbraid him” (Remarque 175). stand-alone sentence: In art class, the teacher upbraided his students for using the media wrong.
13) disquietude - feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable novel sentence: "My disquietude grows” (Remarque 172). stand-alone sentence: Being surrounded by little children leads to disquietude.
14) gape - look with amazement novel sentence: “Before me gapes the shell-hole” (Remarque 67). stand-alone sentence: I gaped at the beautiful wedding shots of my friend.
15) melancholy - a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed novel sentence: “We know that only in some strange and melancholy way we have become a wasteland” (Remarque 20) stand-alone sentence: She shows up in the morning in a melancholy fashion, and when I ask her, "What's the matter?", she doesn't reply.
16) peevish - easily irritated or annoyed novel sentence: “Everyone is peevish and touchy, we do not take kindly to all this polishing, much less to the full-dress parades” (Remarque 202). stand-alone sentence: Everyone is peevish in the morning during breakfast.
17) perplexing - lacking clarity of meaning novel sentence: “There are sights there that he has not forgotten, because he never possessed them - perplexing, yet lost to him” (Remarque 95). stand-alone sentence: The student's perplexing presentation left the audience confused and doubtful of the presenter's message.
18) belabor - attack verbally with harsh criticism novel sentence: “We sit as though in a boiler that is being belabored from without all sides” (Remarque 111). stand-alone sentence: Donald Trump belabored the Islamic people and tried to persuade America to not let them immigrate. (NOT SURE IF THIS IS FACT).
19) gigantic - so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant novel sentence: “The slide along it like gigantic tapering rulers” (Remarque 59). stand-alone sentence: James and the Gigantic peach is one of my favorite books of Roald Dahl.
20) jostle - make one's way by pushing or shoving novel sentence: “We began to jostle the fellow” (Remarque 5). stand-alone sentence: When Forever 21 opened, I jostled the crowd to see the entire store in time.
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