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candid
6 uses
And this lack of candor in a matter of such gravity infuriated him.
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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complacent
8 uses
He recalled his own criticisms of Tyndall of his complacent satisfaction in the cleverness of his experiments, and for his lack of philosophic insight.
complacent = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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contempt
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
In spite of his absolute contempt for the author, it was with complete respect that Sergey Ivanovitch set about reading the article.
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book22 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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decorum
8 uses
there are certain rules of decorum which cannot be disregarded with impunity.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
trying to defer as long as possible the moment of...
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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digress
1 use
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
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
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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disdain
3 uses
Tell me, isn't it humiliating to think that a man has disdained your love, that he hasn't cared for it?
disdained = rejected as not good enough
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2
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dubious
4 uses
And this was what caused his dubious, inquiring, sometimes hostile, expression,
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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duplicity
1 use
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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incessant
10 uses
And his jaw twitched impatiently from the incessant gnawing toothache, that prevented him from even speaking with a natural expression.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
...in a tone of ironical submission to destiny.
ironical = when what is happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
  "Oh, of course, there's no reason whatever," he said, frowning.
  "That's just what I say," she said, willfully refusing to see the irony of his tone, and quietly turning back her long, perfumed glove.
irony = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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novel
2 uses
Several sections of this book and its introduction had appeared in periodical publications, and other parts had been read by Sergey Ivanovitch to persons of his circle, so that the leading ideas of the work could not be completely novel to the public.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 6
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obscure
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Didn't I understand those senseless words of Fyodor's?  And understanding them, did I doubt of their truth?  Did I think them stupid, obscure, inexact?  No, I understood him, and exactly as he understands the words.
obscure = difficult to understand (in this case, because each word is used with an exact meaning that might not be used by others)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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1st usePart 3
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obstinate
13 uses
Levin hearing these voices sat scowling in an easy-chair in his wife's bedroom, and maintained an obstinate silence when she asked him what was wrong.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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philanthropy
5 uses
And some people said that Madame Stahl had made her social position as a philanthropic, highly religious woman;
philanthropic = helping others — especially by donating money
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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resolute
39 uses
Levin felt so resolute and serene that no answer, he fancied, could affect him.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book39 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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scrutiny
13 uses
she concealed her close scrutiny of him
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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stagnate
2 uses
The complexity of Petersburg, as a rule, had a stimulating effect on him, rousing him out of his Moscow stagnation.
stagnation = lack of development
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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1st usePart 7
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