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Anna Karenina
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assiduous
9 uses
she cried trying assiduously to give a stern expression to her face, into which he was gazing greedily.
assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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Book9 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st usePart 4
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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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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st usePart 1
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contempt
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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debauchery
1 use
...he had associated with the most horrible people, and rushed into the most senseless debauchery.
debauchery = behavior involving excessive drinking and/or casual sex
DefinitionGenerally debauchery means:
excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying — possibly for an evening, but often implying a wasteful, decadent life
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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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dubious
4 uses
And this was what caused his dubious, inquiring, sometimes hostile, expression,
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2
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enigma
5 uses
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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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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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, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
...in a tone of ironical submission to destiny.
ironical = acceptance that what happens is often very different than what would be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things seem incongruous together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
willfully refusing to see the irony of his tone,
irony = tone of saying one thing while meaning the opposite
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 usePart 5
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novel
1 use
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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st usePart 8
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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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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
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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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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prudent
5 uses
The only happy marriages I know are marriages of prudence.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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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
Library6 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
Library9 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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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