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Crime and Punishment
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ascetic
1 use
you are an ascetic, a monk, a hermit!
ascetic = someone who practices self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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benevolent
7 uses
What is your motive for such benevolence?
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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candid
9 uses
tell me your candid opinion
candid = honest and direct
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3.3
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contempt
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man's heart, that, in spite of all the fastidiousness of youth, he minded his rags least of all in the street.
contempt = intense dislike and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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credulous
1 use
For she is credulous and good-hearted, and she believes everything from the goodness of her heart and...
credulous = gullible (too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5.1
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delirium
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
it's simply the weakness of fever, a moment's delirium,
delirium = state of mental confusion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delirium means:
a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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depravity
10 uses
not one drop of real depravity had penetrated to her heart;
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
it leads to a discord, and that leads to trouble.
discord = disagreement or conflict
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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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.4
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disdain
5 uses
Ah, don't disdain life!
disdain = disrespect
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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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 5.2
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dogged
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dogged by problems
He sometimes thought that Svidrigailov was dogging his footsteps.
dogging = following
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.3
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
fastidious
1 use
But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man's heart, that, in spite of all the fastidiousness of youth, he minded his rags least of all in the street.
fastidiousness = concern with matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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haughty
17 uses
A haughty smile appeared on his lips.
haughty = arrogant or condescending; i.e., acting superior or self-important
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
and suddenly Porfiry Petrovitch looked with obvious irony at him, screwing up his eyes and, as it were, winking at him.
irony = enjoying that while his words convey one thing, the conversation is really about another thing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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loathe
20 uses
you are living in this filth which you loathe so,
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book20 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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novel
1 use
He remembered every detail of the previous day and he knew that a perfectly novel experience had befallen him, that he had received an impression unlike anything he had known before.
novel = pleasantly new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3.2
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peasant
34 uses
But you know, peasants live there, real rude Russian peasants.
peasants = a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock (used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country)
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book34 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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perplex
17 uses
He vividly recalled those old doubts and perplexities,
perplexities = things that confuse
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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reproach
15 uses
She made haste to smile, afraid that he might not like the reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book15 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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resolute
16 uses
During all this period Razumihin wore an air of resolute determination.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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wretch
13 uses
And can you love such a mean wretch?
wretch = a person of bad character
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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