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Ulysses by James Joyce
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apathy
1 use
the apathy of the stars.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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candid
8 uses
Be candid for once.
candid = honest and direct
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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capricious
1 use
The maids of honour ... wore very becoming costumes in the same tone, a dainty motif of plume rose being worked into the pleats in a pinstripe and repeated capriciously in the jadegreen toques in the form of heron feathers of paletinted coral.
capriciously = with impulsiveness or unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 12
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credulous
1 use
...smiled credulously on the representative of His Majesty.
credulously = in a trusting manner (ready to believe what is said)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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depravity
1 use
There too, opposite to him, was Lynch whose countenance bore already the stigmata of early depravity and premature wisdom.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 14
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disdain
3 uses
The boatman nodded towards the north of the bay with some disdain.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 1
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dissent
2 uses
Stephen dissented openly from Bloom's views on...
dissented = disagreed
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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1st useChapter 17
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eccentric
4 uses
Costello, the eccentric
eccentric = someone who is unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 14
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Established 1763.†
established = founded (started)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 7
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exemplar
4 uses
What future careers had been possible for Bloom in the past and with what exemplars?
exemplars = examples — especially those representing the ideal
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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1st useChapter 17
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expedient
1 use
call wandering but a bit unsteady and on his expressed desire for some beverage to drink Mr Bloom, in view of the hour it was and there being no pump of Vartry water available for their ablutions, let alone drinking purposes hit upon an expedient by suggesting, off the reel, the propriety of the cabman s shelter, as it was called, hardly a stonesthrow away near butt bridge where they might hit upon some drinkables in the shape of a milk and soda or a mineral.
expedient = speedy or practical; or an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 16
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focus
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
With strain, elevating a candlestick: with pain, feeling on his right temple a contused tumescence: with attention, focussing his gaze on a large dull passive and a slender bright active: with solicitation, bending and downturning the upturned rugfringe: with amusement, remembering Dr Malachi Mulligan's scheme of colour containing the gradation of green: with pleasure, repeating the words and antecedent act and perceiving through various channels of internal sensibility the consequent...†
focussing = looking with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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heresy
2 uses
A horde of heresies
heresies = opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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1st useChapter 1
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New World
1 use
Sir Walter Ralegh brought from the new world that potato and that weed, the one a killer of pestilence by absorption, the other a poisoner of the ear, eye, heart, memory, will understanding, all.†
New World = the Western Hemisphere (the Americas)
DefinitionGenerally New World means:
the Americas (North, South, and Central with nearby islands) (also known as the Western Hemisphere — which was new to Europe in the 16th century)
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1st useChapter 15
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ostentatious
2 uses
in evening dress cut ostentatiously low for the occasion
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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1st useChapter 16
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pious
13 uses
Buck Mulligan, his pious eyes upturned, prayed:
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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1st useChapter 1
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prudent
11 uses
Mr Bloom gave prudent assent.
prudent = sensible and cautious
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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repudiate
2 uses
an idea he utterly repudiated.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 15
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reticent
1 use
the enclosures of reticence
reticence = reluctance
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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revere
7 uses
Reverently look at her as she reclines there with the motherlight in her eyes,
reverently = with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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