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affectation
3 uses
I hate this affectation of youth, sir.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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allude
2 uses
The affair to which you allude was no more than a speculation.
allude = to make an indirect reference
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candid
1 use
Sir Robert Chiltern is on the brink of accepting the Prime Minister's offer, when he sees [his] wife looking at him with her clear, candid eyes.
candid = honest and direct
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
She would have turned from me ... in contempt.
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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denounce
1 use
Why, he denounced it roundly, and the whole system of modern political finance.
denounced = strongly criticized
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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desecrate
1 use
you whose lips desecrated the word love,
desecrated = violate the sacred character of
DefinitionGenerally desecrate means:
violate the sacred nature of something
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discreet
2 uses
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discreet--not showy or gossipy
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
indiscreet = embarrassing (by revealing secrets)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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discretion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised
Has she never in her life done some folly—some indiscretion—that she should not forgive your sin?
indiscretion = behavior that displays a lack of good judgment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
good judgment or good taste
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eloquent
2 uses
Not a subject on which much eloquence is possible.
eloquence = the powerful use of language
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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fraudulent
6 uses
It is because your husband is himself fraudulent and dishonest that we pair so well together.
fraudulent = intentionally dishonest to trick people
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
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grave
7 uses
It is a matter of the gravest importance, Phipps.
gravest = most serious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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heresy
1 use
it is heresy to say that in this house
heresy = an action considered immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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indignant
5 uses
with mock indignation
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong

(editor's note:  mock means pretending)
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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loathe
3 uses
Think of their loathsome joy, of the delight they would have in dragging you down,
loathsome = disgusting or very bad
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
detest or intensely dislike
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morbid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a morbid curiosity
that is morbid of you
morbid = showing an unhealthy interest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of morbid means:
suggesting unhealthy thoughts—such as of death and decay; or an unhealthy interest in such thoughts
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opera
5 uses
I hear she went to the Opera on Monday night,
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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philanthropy
2 uses
And philanthropy seems to me to have become simply the refuge of people who wish to annoy their fellow-creatures.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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remorse
2 uses
I don't say that I suffered any remorse.
remorse = regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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scrupulous
3 uses
Years ago you did a clever, unscrupulous thing; it turned out a great success.
unscrupulous = unethical
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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tedious
7 uses
What I don't like are tedious, practical people.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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