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Man And Superman
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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
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Book12 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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benevolent
4 uses
Yet if Despotism failed only for want of a capable benevolent despot, what chance has Democracy, which requires a whole population of capable voters:
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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capricious
1 use
She had humor; she had intellect; she could cook to perfection; and her highly strung temperament made her uncertain, incalculable, variable, capricious, cruel, in a word, enchanting.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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conciliatory
1 use
HECTOR. Very well. You'll dine with us, Dad, won't you?
MALONE. [eager to conciliate him] Yes, yes.
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
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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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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convention
8 uses
1  —8 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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Book8 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useDed.
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disparage
3 uses
Is there anything meaner then to throw necessary work upon other people and then disparage it as unworthy and indelicate.
disparage = criticize or make seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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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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Book14 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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gratuitous
4 uses
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.
gratuitous = unnecessary and unwarranted

or less commonly (except where it is common in the legal field):  costing nothing
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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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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1st useChapter 3
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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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Book17 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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omniscient
2 uses
Give these people the most perfect political constitution and the soundest political program that benevolent omniscience can devise for them, and they will interpret it into mere fashionable folly or canting charity as infallibly as a savage converts the philosophical theology of a Scotch missionary into crude African idolatry.
omniscience = all-knowing (to know everything)
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1st useDed.
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oscillate
2 uses
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,...
oscillation = move or swing from side to side regularly

or:

waver between conflicting positions or courses of action
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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prudent
4 uses
My prudent regard for myself said No.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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reticent
1 use
his manner is not in the least deferential, but cool and reticent, keeping them quite effectually at a distance
reticent = reluctant
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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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 or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useDed.
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wretch
4 uses
I know a poor wretch whose one desire in life is to run away from his wife.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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