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accord
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
To each according to his needs: from each according to his means.
according to = based upon (in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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amorphous
2 uses
Life cannot will its own extinction either in its blind amorphous state or in any of the forms into which it has organized itself.†
amorphous = without clearly defined boundaries
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calumny
1 use
From the beginning of my career I knew that I should win in the long run by sheer weight of public opinion, in spite of the long campaign of misrepresentation and calumny against me.†
calumny = false accusation against a person
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consequence
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently he has always classed himself as an advanced thinker and fearlessly outspoken reformer.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
with a trace of contempt for the whole male sex
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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convention
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
conventional behavior
...we must be conventional, Jack, or we are so cruelly, so vilely misunderstood.
conventional = normal (in behavior)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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copious
1 use
What mere copiousness of fecundity can supply and mere greed preserve, we possess.†
copiousness = abundant (large in quantity or number)
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didactic
1 use
And when he declares that art should not be didactic, all the people who have nothing to teach and all the people who don't want to learn agree with him emphatically.†
didactic = describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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earnest
14 uses
I want you to tell her sincerely and earnestly what you think about me.
earnestly = sincerely and seriously
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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effrontery
1 use
And yet you, the hero of those scandalous adventures you have just been relating to us, you had the effrontery to pose as the avenger of outraged morality and condemn me to death!†
effrontery = rude and disrespectful behavior
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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hypochondria
2 uses
I replied that I was not a hypochondriac; so they called me Ignoramus and went their way.†
hypochondriac = someone who always worries about imaginary illnesses
DefinitionGenerally hypochondria means:
excessive worry about imaginary illnesses
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indignant
17 uses
when an indignant father seeks private redress with the sword, Don Juan kills him without an effort.
indignant = angered at a wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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novel
1 use
Granted that the great Life Force has hit on the device of the clockmaker's pendulum, and uses the earth for its bob; that the history of each oscillation, which seems so novel to us the actors, is but the history of the last oscillation repeated; nay more, that in the unthinkable infinitude of time the sun throws off the earth and catches it again a thousand times as a circus rider throws up a ball, and that the total of all our epochs is but the moment between the toss and the catch,...†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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prejudice
10 uses
He has a prejudice against the English middle class.
prejudice = unreasonable and unfair beliefs or feelings
DefinitionGenerally prejudice means:
to have unreasonable belief — especially when unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group

or more generally:

to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
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pugnacious
1 use
[secretly daunted, but rising from his knees with an air of reckless pugnacity] I ain't afraid of you.†
pugnacity = combative in tone (as though ready to fight)
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revere
1 use
Has ... taught you no reverence?
reverence = respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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satiate
2 uses
Whether the artist becomes poet or philosopher, moralist or founder of a religion, his sexual doctrine is nothing but a barren special pleading for pleasure, excitement, and knowledge when he is young, and for contemplative tranquillity when he is old and satiated.†
satiated = filled to satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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spurious
1 use
The aristocracy he defended, in spite of the political marriages by which it tried to secure breeding for itself, had its mind undertrained by silly schoolmasters and governesses, its character corrupted by gratuitous luxury, its self-respect adulterated to complete spuriousness by flattery and flunkeyism.†
spuriousness = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
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stringent
1 use
Promiscuous breeding has produced a weakness of character that is too timid to face the full stringency of a thoroughly competitive struggle for existence and too lazy and petty to organize the commonwealth co-operatively.†
stringency = demanding strict attention to detailed rules and procedures
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variant
1 use
To such allowances the ablebodied pauper and his nomadic variant the tramp are equally entitled.†
variant = something a little different from others of the same type
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