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The Hound of the Baskervilles
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amiable
5 uses
an elderly gentleman of a very amiable disposition
amiable = friendly and kindly
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audacious
4 uses
It's the man himself, by all that's wonderful and audacious!
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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austere
1 use
I looked back at the platform when we had left it far behind, and saw the tall, austere figure of Holmes standing motionless and gazing after us.
austere = stern
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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benevolent
2 uses
I have not finally made up my mind whether it is a benevolent or a malevolent agency which is in touch with us
benevolent = kind or good
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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conjecture
4 uses
He knew our number, knew that Sir Henry Baskerville had consulted me, spotted who I was in Regent Street, conjectured that I had got the number of the cab and would lay my hands on the driver
conjectured = concluded based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
There could not have been a greater contrast between brother and sister, for Stapleton was neutral tinted, with light hair and gray eyes, while she was darker than any brunette whom I have seen in England—slim, elegant, and tall.
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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1st useChapter 7
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daunt
2 uses
A dim line of ancestors, in every variety of dress, from the Elizabethan knight to the buck of the Regency, stared down upon us and daunted us by their silent company.
daunted = discouraged or intimidated
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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discern
3 uses
I seemed to discern some signs of emotion upon the butler's white face.
discern = to see something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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eccentric
1 use
Sir Charles was a widower, and a man who may be said to have been in some ways of an eccentric habit of mind.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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expedient
2 uses
she adopted the expedient of cutting out the words which would form the message, and addressing the letter in a disguised hand.
expedient = practical action
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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forbearance
1 use
I counsel you by way of caution to forbear from crossing the moor in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted.
forbear = refrain (hold back)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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furtive
2 uses
He looked round him with a furtive and stealthy air, as one who dreads pursuit.
furtive = cautious
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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haughty
1 use
The lady stood by in haughty silence.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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incessant
2 uses
He spoke unconcernedly, but his small light eyes glanced incessantly from the girl to me.
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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malevolent
1 use
This matter cuts very deep, and though I have not finally made up my mind whether it is a benevolent or a malevolent agency which is in touch with us, I am conscious always of power and design.
malevolent = exerting an evil or harmful influence
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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mitigate
2 uses
The man was a danger to the community, an unmitigated scoundrel for whom there was neither pity nor excuse.
unmitigated = complete (not diminished) — usually used to say that something that is harmful or unpleasant is not in any way made less bad

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmitigated means not and reverses the meaning of mitigated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a negative effect
I have made some inquiries myself in the last few days, but the results have, I fear, been negative.†
negative = unsuccessful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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notorious
1 use
Was it possible that this stolidly respectable person was of the same blood as one of the most notorious criminals in the country?
notorious = well known for something bad
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passage
1 use
"Surely your memory deceives you," said I. "I could even quote a passage of your letter."†
passage = a short part
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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pugnacious
1 use
The latter was a small, alert, dark-eyed man about thirty years of age, very sturdily built, with thick black eyebrows and a strong, pugnacious face.
pugnacious = seemingly combative (as though ready to fight)
DefinitionGenerally pugnacious means:
combative in tone (as though ready to fight)
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