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Anna Karenina
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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
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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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depravity
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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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digress
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Darya Alexandrovna noticed that at this point in his explanation he grew confused, and she did not quite understand this digression, but she felt that having once begun to speak of matters near his heart, of which he could not speak to Anna, he was now making a clean breast of everything, and that the question of his pursuits in the country fell into the same category of matters near his heart, as the question of his relations with Anna.
digression = straying from the main topic
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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discord
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discord amongst the group
...trying to attach some meaning to them not discordant with his own views;
discordant = in conflict or disagreement
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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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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duplicity
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She suddenly felt ashamed of her duplicity,
duplicity = deceit
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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encroach
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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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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
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"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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refute
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seeking arguments to refute other theories
refute = prove or argue that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
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reprehensible
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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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vacillate
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When the relations of a couple are vacillating and neither one thing nor the other, no sort of enterprise can be undertaken.
vacillating = changing one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

swaying back and forth
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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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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