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The Idiot
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amiable
20 uses
Varia did not try to look amiable, and kept her gloomy expression.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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candid
21 uses
with the most childlike candour
candour = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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Book21 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.4
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capricious
8 uses
she grew yearly more capricious and impatient;
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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conciliatory
3 uses
Napoleon very soon lost hope of conciliating the Russians,
conciliating = attempting to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.4
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Gania was silent and merely looked contemptuously at him.
contemptuously = with 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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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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contrary   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 33 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary personality
Lizabetha Prokofievna, who disliked Varvara, although she had a great respect for her mother, was much annoyed by this sudden intimacy, and put it down to the general "contrariness" of her daughters, who were "always on the lookout for some new way of opposing her."
contrariness = disagreeableness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
disagreeable — typically in reference to someone's personality
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.1
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2  —3 uses as in:
contrary to
We sometimes have strange, impossible dreams, contrary to all the laws of nature.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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3  —27 uses as in:
on the contrary
Then she took to helping him without leave; and he saw how valuable her assistance was to him, and did not drive her away again; on the contrary, he occasionally gave her the remnants of his dinner, bread and cheese.
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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Book27 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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4  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
—we both love you very sincerely, and esteem you, in spite of any appearances to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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disdain
9 uses
The general gazed at his host disdainfully.
disdainfully = with a 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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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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eccentric
16 uses
Doubtless Lizabetha Prokofievna was considered "eccentric" in society, but she was none the less esteemed:
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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haughty
20 uses
Aglaya raised her head haughtily.
haughtily = condescendingly (in a superior or self-important manner)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.8
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impetuous
4 uses
She too, had passionate desires, but they were persistent rather than impetuous.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.8
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incredulous
4 uses
The prince began to be a little incredulous.
incredulous = not believing
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4.8
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
...he spoke on a serious subject in a frivolous manner, pretending to be in earnest, but with an under-current of irony.
irony = humor based on using words to say one thing while meaning something else
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 3.1
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malicious
20 uses
And Rogojin burst out laughing, this time with unconcealed malice, as though he were glad that he had been able to find an opportunity for giving vent to it.
malice = wanting to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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reproach
36 uses
I reproach myself bitterly for it sometimes.
reproach = criticize
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book36 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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repudiate
2 uses
he had repudiated the demon as he walked to the house, and his heart had been full of joy.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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revere
5 uses
She then bent her head reverently, before the ikon
reverently = with feelings of deep respect
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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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4.10
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wretch
16 uses
I remember being told of a poor wretch I once knew, who had died of hunger.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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