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Bleak House
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candid
16 uses
"We admire the people who possess the practical wisdom we want, but we don't quarrel with them.  Then why should they quarrel with us?  Live and let live, we say to them. Live upon your practical wisdom, and let us live upon you!"

He laughed, but as usual seemed quite candid and really to mean what he said.
candid = honest and direct
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Book16 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 52-54
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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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complacent
10 uses
Miss Flite received the compliment with complacency and dropped a general curtsy to us.
complacency = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 13-15
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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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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 uses
Library4 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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disdain
12 uses
My Lady, with a disdainful gesture of the hand that holds the screen, assures him of his being worth no complaint from her.
disdainful = showing a lack of respect
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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Book12 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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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
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
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
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 16-18
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library18 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
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1-3
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book77 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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remonstrate
21 uses
Mr. William Guppy, however, having got the advantage, cannot quite release it without a little more injured remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
Web Links
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
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
Web Links
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
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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