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War and Peace
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apathy
3 uses
read the Scriptures but was apathetic.
apathetic = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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capricious
8 uses
he could not sacrifice his own happiness to his father's caprice
caprice = impulsive wishes
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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conciliatory
2 uses
said Berg, glancing round at Natasha, and as if anxious to conciliate her, replying to her intent look with a smile.
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 10
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depravity
7 uses
He was hard alike on the lazy, the depraved, and the weak, and tried to get them expelled from the commune.
depraved = immoral
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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desist
2 uses
"Lise, I beg you to desist," said Prince Andrew still more emphatically.
desist = to not do something
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1st useChapter 1
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
It would be too painful to me to think that I might be a cause of sorrow or discord in the family that has been so good to me...
discord = 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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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
diverse discordant sounds of disorder
discordant = sounds that don't sound right 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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1st useChapter 11
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dissent
2 uses
He gave no orders, but only assented to or dissented from what others suggested.
dissented = expressed disagreement
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 10
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elude
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he eluded the police
The enemy's fleet, which subsequently did not let a single boat pass, allows his entire army to elude it.
elude = avoid (get away from)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach — as in:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home.
  • Success has eluded me so far.
  • She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility
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1st useChapter 15
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expedient
3 uses
it is easy to see that there are other ways of diffusing civilization more expedient than by the destruction of wealth and of human lives.
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 12
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fallacious
1 use
But the mind of man not only refuses to believe this explanation, but plainly says that this method of explanation is fallacious, because in it a weaker phenomenon is taken as the cause of a stronger.
fallacious = mistaken
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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1st useChapter 11
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guile
1 use
From the time he received this news to the end of the campaign all Kutuzov's activity was directed toward restraining his troops, by authority, by guile, and by entreaty, from useless attacks, maneuvers, or encounters with the perishing enemy.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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1st useChapter 13
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indolent
7 uses
the view of life you mention, and which you think is the result of your own mental efforts, is the one held by the majority of people, and is the invariable fruit of pride, indolence, and ignorance.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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ratify
2 uses
If, however, the Emperor of Russia ratifies that convention, I will ratify it; but it is only a trick.
ratifies = formally approves
DefinitionGenerally ratify means:
to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
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1st useChapter 2
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remonstrate
2 uses
"But why are you angry?" remonstrated Tikhon,
remonstrated = protested
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 3
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reprehensible
2 uses
And Pierre, anxiously trying to remember whether he had done anything reprehensible, looked round with a blush.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 3
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repudiate
2 uses
He could not disavow his actions, ... so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 11
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sagacious
2 uses
The sagacious Barclay de Tolly, seeing crowds of wounded men running back and the disordered rear of the army, weighed all the circumstances, concluded that the battle was lost, and sent his favorite officer to the commander in chief with that news.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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trepidation
3 uses
Princess Mary went to the door of the study with special trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
fear or anxiety about what will happen
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1st useChapter 1
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venerate
3 uses
what feeling except veneration could such a man as my father evoke?
veneration = respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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