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David Copperfield
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capricious
5 uses
I dare say I am a capricious fellow, David.
capricious = impulsive and unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-21
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complacent
8 uses
Mr. Dick was so very complacent ... that I am sorry to say I was provoked into explaining to him that ruin meant distress, want, and starvation;
complacent = happily satisfied (too 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 useChapter 34-36
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conciliatory
5 uses
He was so extremely conciliatory in his manner that he seemed to apologize to the very newspaper for taking the liberty of reading it.
conciliatory = a manner intended to avoid ill will with others
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22-24
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consequence
57 uses
1  —57 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Now, David, you understand me, and you know what will be the consequence if you fail to obey me to the letter.
consequence = (undesired) results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book57 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7-9
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depravity
3 uses
They are a depraved, worthless set.
depraved = completely immoral
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-39
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diligent
4 uses
I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without...
diligence = 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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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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earnest
76 uses
The earnestness of my manner, and the tears in my eyes, alarmed her.
earnestness = excessive seriousness
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book76 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1-3
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expedient
9 uses
he seemed relieved by this expedient of the partnership, though at the same time he seemed hurt by it and ashamed of it.
expedient = a practical action
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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fallacious
3 uses
This was small consolation, but Miss Mills wouldn't encourage fallacious hopes.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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guile
1 use
I am glad to think there were two such guileless hearts at Peggotty's marriage as little Em'ly's and mine.
guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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inquire
97 uses
Several gentlemen were much affected; and a third questioner, forcing himself to the front, inquired with extreme feeling:
inquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book97 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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ostentatious
2 uses
[The knife which] was about a foot long; and which he wiped, not wholly without ostentation, on the sleeve of his coat.
ostentation = intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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perfidy
2 uses
I stood amazed at the revelation of all this perfidy, looking at Miss Mowcher as she walked up and down the kitchen until she was out of breath:
perfidy = deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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prosaic
2 uses
'Just so,' said Mrs. Micawber, 'my dear Mr. Traddles, I wish to be as prosaic and literal as possible on a subject of so much importance.'
prosaic = plain speaking (lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging)
DefinitionGenerally prosaic means:
lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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recollect
101 uses
How well I recollect the wintry ride!
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book101 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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repudiate
3 uses
Mr. Micawber sat in his elbow-chair, with his eyebrows raised; half receiving and half repudiating Mrs. Micawber's views...
repudiating = rejecting
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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resumption
49 uses
Agnes and her father had been gone a week, before we resumed our usual work.
resumed = began again
DefinitionGenerally resumption means:
beginning again
Word Statistics
Book49 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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trepidation
3 uses
I was by this time in a state of such excessive trepidation and wandering of mind, as to be quite unable to fix my attention on anything.
trepidation = fear or anxiety
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
fear or anxiety about what will happen
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-27
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venerate
9 uses
he had a profound veneration for my abilities
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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zeal
2 uses
He zealously undertook to do so,
zealously = enthusiastically
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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