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Brave New World
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blasphemy
1 use
"Even Epsilons are useful!"
"So am I. And I damned well wish I weren't!"
Lenina was shocked by his blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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decorum
2 uses
If ever I hear again of any lapse from a proper standard of infantile decorum, I shall ask for your transference to a Sub-Centre–preferably to Iceland.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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deference
2 uses
"Charming, charming," murmured the Director and, giving her two or three little pats, received in exchange a rather deferential smile for himself.
deferential = politely respectful
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useChapter 1
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eccentric
1 use
"Alcohol in his blood-surrogate," was Fanny's explanation of every eccentricity.
eccentricity = unconventional or strange behavior
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 6
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flaccid
1 use
At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
flaccid = lacking in firmness or strength
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furtive
2 uses
With eyes for the most part downcast and, if ever they lighted on a fellow creature, at once and furtively averted, Bernard hastened across the roof.
furtively = taking pains to avoid being noticed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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gesticulate
2 uses
He jumped up, ran across the room, and stood gesticulating in front of the Controller.
gesticulating = making gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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gratuitous
1 use
Primroses and landscapes, he pointed out, have one grave defect: they are gratuitous.
gratuitous = unnecessary
DefinitionGenerally gratuitous means:
unnecessary and unwarranted

or less commonly (except where it is common in the legal field):  costing nothing
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grovel
1 use
Mustapha Mond tried to make him get up; but Bernard persisted in his grovelling; the stream of words poured out inexhaustibly.
grovelling = showing submission or fear
DefinitionGenerally grovel means:
to show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
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heresy
3 uses
...this insignificant fellow with the unsavoury reputation and the heretical opinions.
heretical = characterized by opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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indecision
2 uses
He remembered those weeks of timid indecision, during which he had looked and longed and despaired of ever having the courage to ask her.
indecision = leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally indecision means:
leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
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mollify
1 use
he had mollified the Savage into listening to his explanations,
mollified = calmed (from anger or distress)
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
...as the passions grow calm, as the fancy and sensibilities are less excited and less excitable, our reason becomes less troubled in its working, less obscured by the images, desires and distractions, in which it used to be absorbed;
obscured = made less visible or understandable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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1st useChapter 17
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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
But Bernard would not be cheered; without answering, without even looking at Helmholtz, he went and sat down on the most uncomfortable chair in the room, carefully chosen in the obscure hope of somehow deprecating the wrath of the higher powers.
obscure = little understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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obstinate
3 uses
"All the same," he insisted obstinately, "Othello's good, Othello's better than those feelies."
obstinately = stubbornly
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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persistent
1 use
Ignoring their tiresome humming (he likened himself in his imagination to one of the suitors of the Maiden of Mátsaki, unmoved and persistent among the winged vermin), the Savage dug at what was to be his garden.
persistent = continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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1st useChapter 18
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prodigious
3 uses
By which time the original egg was in a fair way to becoming anything from eight to ninety-six embryos– a prodigious improvement, you will agree, on nature.
prodigious = enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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stoic
2 uses
Of that imagined stoicism, that theoretical courage, not a trace was left.
stoicism = to be unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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superfluous
2 uses
religious sentiment is superfluous.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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wanton
2 uses
As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
wanton = of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as cruelty or violence
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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