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Ulysses by James Joyce
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aesthetic
3 uses
Dublin's premier photographic artist, being responsible for the esthetic execution.
esthetic = related to beauty
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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augment
5 uses
The guarded glance of half solicitude half curiosity augmented by friendliness
augmented = enhanced (enlarged)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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complacent
1 use
With these words he approached the goblet to his lips, took a complacent draught of the cordial,
complacent = contented (satisfied, unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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deride
3 uses
(Laughs derisively)
derisively = with treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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didactic
1 use
What additional didactic counsels did he similarly repress?
didactic = intended to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky. ... The apple of discord was...
discord = disagreement amongst those who are expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
Private Carr, Private Compton and Cissy Caffrey pass beneath the windows, singing in discord.
discord = musical voices that don't sound good together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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disparage
1 use
advising him to sever his connection with a certain budding practitioner who, he noticed, was prone to disparage and even to a slight extent ... deprecate him,
disparage = criticize or make seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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disparate
1 use
Approaching, disparate, at relaxed walking pace...
disparate = different (in this case taking different routes)
DefinitionGenerally disparate means:
very different — often referring to a collection of very different elements such as a group of very different people
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enigma
5 uses
of all great men he is the most enigmatic.
enigmatic = mysterious (hard to understand)
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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impetuous
4 uses
Impetuous fellow!
impetuous = impulsive (to act suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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innate
4 uses
There was an innate refinement, a languid queenly hauteur about Gerty...
innate = of a quality:  present at birth or existing as an inseparable part
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Before the mirror the matrimonial gift of Alderman John Hooper with a clear melancholy wise bright motionless compassionate gaze regarded Bloom while Bloom with obscure tranquil profound motionless compassionated gaze regarded the matrimonial gift of Luke and Caroline Doyle.
obscure = not clearly understood (by others)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
You pray to a local and obscure idol:
obscure = not known by most people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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3  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The widewinged nostrils, from which bristles of the same tawny hue projected, were of such capaciousness that within their cavernous obscurity the fieldlark might easily have lodged her nest.
obscurity = darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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orthodox
4 uses
professed their disbelief in many orthodox religious, national, social and ethical doctrines.
orthodox = commonly accepted
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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refute
1 use
The bulldog of Aquin, with whom no word shall be impossible, refutes him.
refutes = proves or argues that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
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reprehensible
2 uses
A habit reprehensible at puberty is second nature and...
reprehensible = bad and deserving severe criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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scrupulous
3 uses
was scrupulously neat and clean
scrupulously = done with extreme care
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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zeal
3 uses
...knew their zeal was vain.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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