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ascetic
1 use
the asceticism that deadens the senses
asceticism = self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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1st useChapter 11
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assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She assumed power
...Pietro Barbi, the Venetian, known as Paul the Second, who sought in his vanity to assume the title of Formosus, and whose tiara, valued at two hundred thousand florins, was bought at the price of a terrible sin;
assume = take (power or responsibility)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
beginning to take power or responsibility
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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2  —2 uses as in:
She assumed a false identity
There were moments, indeed, at night, when, lying sleepless in his own delicately-scented chamber, or in the sordid room of the little ill-famed tavern near the Docks, which, under an assumed name, and in disguise, it was his habit to frequent, he would think of the ruin he had brought upon his soul, with a pity that was all the more poignant because it was purely selfish.
assumed = false (taken on or adopted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
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Book2 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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consequence
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book8 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
I have the greatest contempt for optimism.
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dominate
16 uses
Campbell felt dominated by him.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
I believe he married Lady Radley's maid, and has established her in Paris as an English dressmaker.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 12
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grave
8 uses
"Yes," answered Hallward, gravely, and with deep-toned sorrow in his voice—"to see your soul."
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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hideous
34 uses
How perfectly hideous they are!
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book34 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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indifferent
13 uses
The next time he calls, you will be perfectly cold and indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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indolent
1 use
the Embassy at Paris, a post to which he considered that he was fully entitled by reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his despatches, and his inordinate passion for pleasure.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inevitable
3 uses
It was simply inevitable.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book3 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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infinite
13 uses
When he entered, she looked at him, and an expression of infinite joy came over her.
infinite = unlimited; without boundaries
DefinitionGenerally infinite means:
unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Book13 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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lethargic
1 use
What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination.
lethargy = laziness
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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loathe
17 uses
Would it teach him to loathe his own soul?
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book17 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
He would examine with minute care, and sometimes with a monstrous and terrible delight, the hideous lines that seared the wrinkling forehead, or crawled around the heavy sensual mouth, wondering sometimes which were the more horrible, the signs of sin or the signs of age.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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mockery
17 uses
You mock at everything, and then suggest the most serious tragedies.
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book17 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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pathos
4 uses
You said to me once that pathos left you unmoved, but that beauty, mere beauty, could fill your eyes with tears.†
pathos = a quality that arouses pity or sorrow
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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penitent
1 use
"I am in Lady Agatha's black books at present," answered Dorian, with a funny look of penitence.
penitence = feeling or expressing sorrow 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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1st useChapter 2
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prudent
1 use
Thin-lipped wisdom spoke at her from the worn chair, hinted at prudence, quoted from that book of cowardice whose author apes the name of common sense.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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