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ascetic
3 uses
Romance and Asceticism ... are equally unreal in the great Philistine world.
asceticism = the practice of self-denial (especially to encourage spiritual growth)
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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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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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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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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credulous
3 uses
But if you are naturally vulgar and credulous, as all reformers are,
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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cynical
10 uses
Do you suppose this eternal shallow cynicism of yours has any real bearing on a nature like hers?
cynicism = believing that things usually go poorly and that selfish and insincere
DefinitionGenerally cynical means:
someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
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decorum
5 uses
Nothing can be more decorous than her entry and her reception by Ramsden, whom she kisses.
decorous = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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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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fastidious
7 uses
But you must not expect me to adopt your inexplicable, fantastic, petulant, fastidious ways:
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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mischievous
7 uses
And I found myself doing all sorts of mischievous things simply to have something to tell you about.
mischievous = naughtily or annoyingly playful

or:

tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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obstinate
6 uses
Violet is certainly very obstinate.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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pious
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
My dear Tavy, your pious English habit of regarding the world as a moral gymnasium built expressly to strengthen your character in, occasionally leads you to think about your own confounded principles when you should be thinking about other people's necessities.
pious = highly moral or religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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prudent
4 uses
My prudent regard for myself said No.
prudent = sensible and careful
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repentance
15 uses
Do you suppose heaven is like earth, where people persuade themselves that what is done can be undone by repentance; that what is spoken can be unspoken...
repentance = to feel regret for having done wrong and to desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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repudiate
4 uses
I, who repudiated all duty, trampled honor underfoot, and laughed at justice!
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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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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scrupulous
11 uses
she habitually and unscrupulously uses her personal fascination to make men give her whatever she wants.
unscrupulously = unethically

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulously means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulously. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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socialism
11 uses
In fact, I am a bit of a Socialist myself.
socialist = a member of a political party that believes in an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
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temperament
13 uses
The gulf is the difference between the angelic and the diabolic temperament.
temperament = usual mood and tendencies
DefinitionGenerally this sense of temperament means:
usual mood and tendencies that come from qualities of mind and character
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vulgar
13 uses
he looks vulgar in his finery,
vulgar = lacking in sophistication or good taste
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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