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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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benevolent
2 uses
I must go, he said softly and benevolently,
benevolently = kindly
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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cease
15 uses
His soul, stifling and helpless, would cease to be.
cease = to stop or discontinue
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Book15 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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certitude
3 uses
The clear certitude of his own immunity grew dim and to it succeeded a vague fear that his soul had really fallen unawares.
certitude = certainty
DefinitionGenerally certitude means:
total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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clergy
2 uses
The church is not the stone building nor even the clergy and their dogmas.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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complacent
1 use
I don't know, I'm sure, said Mr Dedalus, smiling complacently.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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grave
11 uses
It was a grave and ordered and passionless life that awaited him, a life without material cares.
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book11 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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guile
2 uses
her young blue eyes seemed to him at that instant images of guilelessness,
guilelessness = openness (lack of cunning; i.e., not deceitful or shrewd)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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indifferent
7 uses
a cold indifferent knowledge of himself
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Book7 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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loathe
10 uses
Desire urges us to possess, to go to something; loathing urges us to abandon, to go from something.
loathing = disgust or intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
detest or intensely dislike
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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mockery
13 uses
The catcalls and hisses and mocking cries ran in rude gusts round the hall from his scattered fellow students.
mocking = ridiculing (making fun of)
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
A dusk like that of the outer world obscured his mind as he heard the mare's hoofs clattering along the tramtrack on the Rock Road and the great can swaying and rattling behind him.
obscured = clouded (made less clear)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
He would know obscure things, hidden from others,
obscure = mysterious (hard for others to understand)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 3
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parley
4 uses
History was all about those men and what they did and that was what Peter Parley's Tales about Greece and Rome were all about.
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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peasant
13 uses
peasants greeted them along the roads in the country;
peasants = people of low income, education, and social standing — especially those who raise crops or livestock

(editor's note:  The term, peasants is seldom used today except perhaps in relation to a very poor country.)
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
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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prudent
3 uses
Zeal without prudence is like a ship adrift.
prudence = good sense

(editor's note:  zeal is enthusiasm)
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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revere
3 uses
He listened in reverent silence now to the priest's appeal
reverent = with feelings of deep respect, wonder and awe
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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scrupulous
4 uses
not before he had greased and brushed scrupulously his back hair
scrupulously = with extreme care
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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torment
21 uses
Consider finally that the torment of this infernal prison is increased by the company of the damned themselves.
torment = great suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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Book21 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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venerate
1 use
a symbol behind which are massed twenty centuries of authority and veneration.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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zeal
2 uses
Zeal without prudence is like a ship adrift.
zeal = enthusiasm

(editor's note:  prudence is the use of good sense)
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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