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The Hound of the Baskervilles
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astute
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...as you very astutely observed.
astutely = with intelligence and perceptiveness
DefinitionGenerally astute means:
smart and perceptive
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austere
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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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credulous
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It is extraordinary how credulous the peasants are about here!
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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daunt
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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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dissent
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shook his head in strong dissent.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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eccentric
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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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efface
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The fresh beauty of the following morning did something to efface from our minds the grim and gray impression which had been left upon both of us by our first experience of Baskerville Hall.
efface = remove (or erase)
DefinitionGenerally efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing

or:

to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
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expedient
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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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extricate
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And now I pass on to another thread which I have extricated out of the tangled skein, the mystery of the sobs in the night, of the tear-stained face of Mrs. Barrymore, of the secret journey of the butler to the western lattice window.
extricated = pulled out (from entanglement)
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
release from entanglement or difficulty
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forbearance
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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
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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
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The lady stood by in haughty silence.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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immutable
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When I thought of the heavy rains and looked at the gaping roof I understood how strong and immutable must be the purpose which had kept him in that inhospitable abode.
immutable = not susceptible to change
DefinitionGenerally immutable means:
not subject or susceptible to change
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incessant
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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
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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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notorious
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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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propitious
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Sir Henry had numerous papers to examine after breakfast, so that the time was propitious for my excursion.
propitious = favorable
DefinitionGenerally propitious means:
favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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pugnacious
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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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specious
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He then, by a specious argument, prevented her from going, and so had the chance for which he had waited.
specious = insincere, but seemingly good
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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tenacious
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knowing your admirable tenacity I was convinced that you were sitting in ambush, a weapon within reach, waiting for the tenant to return.
tenacity = determination and persistence
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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