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Nicholas Nickleby
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apathy
2 uses
his present state of apathy and terror.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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capricious
3 uses
If any caprice of temper should induce him to cast aside this golden opportunity before he has brought it to perfection, I consider myself absolved from extending any assistance to his mother and sister.
caprice = impulsiveness
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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conciliatory
1 use
'He looks well, indeed,' returned Ralph, who, for some purposes of his own, seemed desirous to conciliate the schoolmaster.
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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depravity
3 uses
Both utterly heartless, both men upon town, both thoroughly initiated in its worst vices, both deeply in debt, both fallen from some higher estate, both addicted to every depravity for which society can find some genteel name
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 50
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deride
4 uses
He heard his sister's sufferings derided,
derided = disrespected (as though of no importance)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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deter
4 uses
'I have considered others,' rejoined Nicholas; 'but as honesty and honour are both at issue, nothing shall deter me.'
deter = discourage an action
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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1st useChapter 40
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
Spite is a little word; but it represents as strange a jumble of feelings, and compound of discords, as any polysyllable in the language.
discords = conflicts
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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disparage
1 use
It is no disparagement to Nicholas to say, that before he had been closeted with the two brothers ten minutes, he could only wave his hand at every fresh expression of kindness and sympathy, and sob like a little child.
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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expedient
8 uses
So many times did he peruse and re-peruse it, that Newman considered it expedient to remind him of his presence.
expedient = practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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fastidious
5 uses
the fastidious lady, who seemed desperately apprehensive that he was going to relate something improper,
fastidious = excessively concerned with matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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guile
3 uses
There was something so earnest and guileless in the way in which all this was said, and such a complete disregard of all conventional restraints and coldnesses, that Nicholas could not resist it.
guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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impetuous
6 uses
He is an impetuous youth.
impetuous = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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1st useChapter 54
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indolent
2 uses
He had had sufficient leisure to reflect upon these things, during their late retirement; and, at times, when his careless and indolent nature would permit, had availed himself of the opportunity.
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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inquire
147 uses
I can easily inquire.
inquire = ask about or look into something
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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1st useChapter 41
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lethargic
1 use
It was not a very easy matter to rouse him: so lethargic and heavy were his slumbers.
lethargic = lacking energy
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ostentatious
2 uses
We mustn't look ostentatious;
ostentatious = as though trying 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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recollect
97 uses
Perhaps you recollect me?
recollect = to remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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1st useChapter 3
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refute
2 uses
Newman pointed to the empty glass, as though it were a sufficient refutation of the charge,
refutation = evidence or argument that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
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1st useChapter 14
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scrupulous
10 uses
I will perform the double duty that is imposed upon me most scrupulously and strictly.
scrupulously = carefully ethical and/or diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 21
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zeal
4 uses
nothing damped the zeal of Nicholas in the service of his kind patrons
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 40
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