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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to advocate
This allusion to Nancy's doubtful character, raised a vast quantity of chaste wrath in the bosoms of four housemaids, who remarked, with great fervour, that the creature was a disgrace to her sex; and strongly advocated her being thrown, ruthlessly, into the kennel.
advocated = recommended
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
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1st useChapter 39
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2  —1 use as in:
an advocate in court
'I have not the inclination to parley,' said Mr. Brownlow, 'and, as I advocate the dearest interests of others, I have not the right.'†
advocate = act as an English lawyer for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
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alternative
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
an alternative plan
This flood of tears left Mr. Sowerberry no alternative. If he had hesitated for one instant to punish Oliver most severely, it must be quite clear to every experienced reader that he would have been, according to all precedents in disputes of matrimony established, a brute, an unnatural husband, an insulting creature, a base imitation of a man, and...
alternative = other possibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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1st useChapter 2
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
Shadows on the wall have caught your whispers, and brought them to my ear; the sight of the persecuted child has turned vice itself, and given it the courage and almost the attributes of virtue.†
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
It had had plenty of room to expand, thanks to the spare diet of the establishment; and perhaps to this circumstance may be attributed his having any ninth birth-day at all.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
8 uses
In fact, if it had not been for a good-hearted turnpike-man, and a benevolent old lady ... he would most assuredly have fallen dead upon the king's highway.
benevolent = kind and generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 41
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caustic
1 use
'You don't happen to know any good of him, do you?' said Mr. Grimwig, caustically;
caustically = sarcastically or critically
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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complacent
7 uses
He looked tired and worn, but there was the same complacent repose upon his features that they always wore:
complacent = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 2
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condescending
8 uses
...with a condescending smile.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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1st useChapter 18
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correspond
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Mrs. Corney, the matron of the workhouse to which our readers have been already introduced as the birthplace of Oliver Twist, sat herself down before a cheerful fire in her own little room, and glanced, with no small degree of complacency, at a small round table: on which stood a tray of corresponding size, furnished with all necessary materials for the most grateful meal that matrons enjoy.†
corresponding = proportional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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1st useChapter 23
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expedient
7 uses
Such brains are fertile in expedients.
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical (in this case, implying the actions have tradeoffs that would not be accepted by a more high-minded person)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 4
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
Oliver, quite elated and honoured by a sense of his importance, faithfully promised to be secret and explicit in his communications.†
explicit = clear and detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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mollify
2 uses
Although this invitation was accompanied with a curtsey that might have softened the heart of a church-warden, it by no means mollified the beadle.
mollified = calmed (from anger or distress)
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
and pulling the collar up over his ears so as completely to obscure the lower part of his face:
obscure = hide (make less visible)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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1st useChapter 8
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2  —5 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Just pausing to observe which appeared the most crowded streets, and consequently the most to be avoided, he crossed into Saint John's Road, and was soon deep in the obscurity of the intricate and dirty ways, which, lying between Gray's Inn Lane and Smithfield, render that part of the town one of the lowest and worst that improvement has left in the midst of London.
obscurity = the condition of being unknown to most people and undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 42
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obstinate
9 uses
There's a obstinate pauper for you!'
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book9 uses
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1st useChapter 41
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passage
2 uses
Mr. Bumble was meditating; it might be that the insects brought to mind, some painful passage in his own past life.†
passage = a short part of a longer work
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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1st useChapter 6
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
Apparently this consolatory perspective of a mother's prospects failed in producing its due effect.†
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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1st useChapter 1
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sultry
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a sultry afternoon
He had been poring over them for some time; and, as the day had been uncommonly sultry, and he had exerted himself a great deal, it is no disparagement to the authors, whoever they may have been, to say, that gradually and by slow degrees, he fell asleep.
sultry = hot and humid
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timorous
1 use
...the group, peeping timorously over each other's shoulders, beheld no more formidable object than poor little Oliver Twist,
timorously = timidly

(editor's note:  In this context, peeping is a synonym for looking.)
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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