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Oliver Twist
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assiduous
1 use
...employing themselves, meanwhile, in sucking their fingers most assiduously, with the view of catching up any stray splashes of gruel that might have been cast thereon.
assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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capacious
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...and thrusting them into pockets which were so surprisingly capacious, that they seemed to undermine his whole suit of clothes in every direction.
capacious = large in capacity
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caustic
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'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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conciliatory
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At length he made another attempt; and rubbing his hands together, said, in his most conciliatory tone...
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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despondent
4 uses
Fagin sighed, and shook his head despondingly.
despondingly = in a depressed manner
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
the hideous and discordant din that resounded from every corner of the market
discordant = unpleasant combination of sounds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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disparage
2 uses
This is by no means a disparagement to his character; for many official personages, who are held in high respect and admiration, are the victims of similar infirmities.
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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eccentric
4 uses
as eccentric an old bachelor, as will be found
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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forbearance
2 uses
If ... you appeal to my forbearance, and the mercy of those you have deeply injured, ...
forbearance = tolerance (to hold back from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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furtive
2 uses
If an eye were furtively raised and met his, it was instantly averted.
furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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guile
3 uses
the object of the first, true, ardent, only passion of a guileless girl.
guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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indolent
2 uses
who appeared of a lounging, not to say indolent disposition:
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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mitigate
2 uses
with his mouth wide open, and his face expressive of the most unmitigated horror.
unmitigated = complete (not diminished)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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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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penitent
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"It is never too late," said Rose, "for penitence and atonement."
penitence = feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong

(editor's note:  Atonement is taking steps to make up for having done wrong.)
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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sanguine
4 uses
The success of Mr. Sowerberry's ingenious speculation, exceeded even his most sanguine hopes.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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scrupulous
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scrupulously examined the coins, to see that they were genuine
scrupulously = carefully
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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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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taint
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The atmosphere seemed tainted with the smell of coffins.
tainted = contaminated or spoiled
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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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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