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benevolent
11 uses
I presume that you founded that belief upon your general knowledge of my being an orphan girl, indebted for everything to the benevolence of Mr. Jarndyce.
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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capricious
7 uses
All this, instead of being as you now are, dependent on the mere caprice of Puffy!
caprice = impulsiveness or unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22-24
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conciliatory
4 uses
She seemed to respect him and even to wish to conciliate him.
conciliate = build trust with
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
things yet to come of those long-deferred hopes
deferred = postponed (put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16-18
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
...he then defers to Miss Flite ... and at some length, she performs the courtly ceremony of presentation.
defers = submits or yields
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 46-48
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deride
1 use
expressive of derision and contempt
derision = disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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diligent
7 uses
He was punctual and diligent;
diligent = characterized by hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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disparage
10 uses
Heaven forbid that I should disparage my dear child, but he has—no deportment.
disparage = criticize
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22-24
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earnest
54 uses
He looked unprepared for my being so earnest, and even a little alarmed.
earnest = intensely or excessively serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book54 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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empower
2 uses
If you would empower me to do it, I would do it for you with the greatest satisfaction!
empower = give authority to
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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expedient
4 uses
In consequence of Mrs. Snagsby looking deeply edified, Mr. Snagsby thinks it expedient on the whole to say amen, which is well received.
expedient = speedy or practical; or an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
As I approached the house, I was strongly inclined to turn back,
inclined = in the mood (had a desire to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16-18
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2  —2 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
...inclined his head as if he did not wholly dispute even that.
inclined = bent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10-12
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indifferent
30 uses
He is indifferent to everything but his calling.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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indignant
31 uses
The agitation and the indignation from which I have recently suffered have been too much for me.
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book31 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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inquire
77 uses
Mr. Guppy lifts his eyebrows inquiringly and looks at Tony.
inquiringly = in a manner that seeks information
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book77 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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prudent
12 uses
All this time he was, in money affairs, what I have described him in a former illustration—generous, profuse, wildly careless, but fully persuaded that he was rather calculating and prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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resumption
24 uses
The trooper retires to a distant part of the room and resumes his curious inspection of the boxes,
resumes = begins again
DefinitionGenerally resumption means:
beginning again
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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sufficient
45 uses
I am not sufficiently acquainted with such subjects to know whether it is at all remarkable
sufficiently = adequately
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10-12
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venerate
4 uses
He is my husband's best and dearest friend, he is our children's darling, he is the object of our deepest love and veneration.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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