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apathy
3 uses
"It's our Russian apathy," said Vronsky, pouring water from an iced decanter into a delicate glass on a high stem; "we've no sense of the duties our privileges impose upon us, and so we refuse to recognize these duties."
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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capricious
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The family cannot be broken up by a whim, a caprice, or even by the sin of one of the partners in the marriage,
caprice = an impulsive act
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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censure
3 uses
Everyone had something to say in censure or ridicule of the luckless Madame Maltishtcheva,
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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conciliatory
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as Vronsky described how the government clerk, after subsiding for a while, would suddenly flare up again, as he recalled the details, and how Vronsky, at the last half word of conciliation, skillfully maneuvered a retreat, shoving Petritsky out before him.
conciliation = actions intended to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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convey
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1  —1 use as in:
convey title to the property
Am I to go to him and make a deed of conveyance?†
conveyance = transfer (of legal title)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
to give or transfer — especially legal title
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depravity
1 use
if the whole nature is so corrupt, so depraved, that...
depraved = immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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dissent
4 uses
She said nothing, and shook her cropped head in dissent.
dissent = 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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encroach
1 use
You're encroaching on Princess Myakaya's special domain now.
encroaching = intruding or beginning to take a right that belongs to another
DefinitionGenerally encroach means:
to gradually take another's rights or property
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enigma
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Levin tried to understand him, and could not understand him, and looked at him and his life as at a living enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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fastidious
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The appurtenances of the writing-tables, about which Alexey Alexandrovitch was himself very fastidious, were exceptionally good.
fastidious = careful in paying attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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guile
2 uses
"I should have some," said Levin, not without some guile, hoping Veslovsky would be tempted by the vodka, and would go away to them.
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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indolent
1 use
Well, how do you like our Temple of Indolence?
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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peasant
243 uses
Parish clerks, teachers, and one in a thousand of the peasants, maybe, know what it's all about.
peasants = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  people of low income, education, and social standing — especially those who raise crops or livestock
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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refute
1 use
seeking arguments to refute other theories
refute = prove or argue that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
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reprehensible
2 uses
Though indeed I fail to comprehend how ... announcing your infidelity to your husband and seeing nothing reprehensible in it,
reprehensible = deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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repudiate
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In his own case, Alexey Alexandrovitch saw that a legal divorce, that is to say, one in which only the guilty wife would be repudiated, was impossible of attainment.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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scrupulous
2 uses
the celebrated doctor, having scrupulously washed his hands, was...
scrupulously = diligently (with extreme care)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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taciturn
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And the German, roused from his taciturnity, turned to Vronsky.
taciturnity = reserve and reticence (tendency not to communicate)
DefinitionGenerally taciturn means:
tending not to speak much
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trepidation
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She knew Anna Arkadyevna, but only very slightly, and she came now to her sister's with some trepidation, at the prospect of meeting this fashionable Petersburg lady, whom everyone spoke so highly of.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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zeal
4 uses
he had in these very projects of reform been serving the Lord more zealously than before.
zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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