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Picture of Dorian Gray - 13 chapter version
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arbitrary
1 use
How shallow were the arbitrary definitions of ordinary psychologists! And yet how difficult to decide between the claims of the various schools!
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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blasphemy
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This is blasphemy, Dorian!
blasphemy = disrespectful of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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calumny
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Of such insolences and attempted slights he, of course, took no notice, and in the opinion of most people his frank debonair manner, his charming boyish smile, and the infinite grace of that wonderful youth that seemed never to leave him, were in themselves a sufficient answer to the calumnies (for so they called them) that were circulated about him.
calumnies = false accusations against a person
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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consummate
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She has not merely art, consummate art-instinct, in her, but she has personality also; and you have often told me that it is personalities, not principles, that move the age.
consummate = outstanding (perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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doleful
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...and a huge cylindrical drum, covered with the skins of great serpents, like the one that Bernal Diaz saw when he went with Cortes into the Mexican temple, and of whose doleful sound he has left us so vivid a description.
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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dominate
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As long as I live, the personality of Dorian Gray will dominate me.
dominate = control or strongly influence
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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enmity
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"You don't understand what friendship is, Harry," he murmured,—"or what enmity is, for that matter."
enmity = hatred between enemies
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flaccid
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The cheeks would become hollow or flaccid.
flaccid = lacking in firmness or strength
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florid   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
The screen was an old one of gilt Spanish leather, stamped and wrought with a rather florid Louis-Quatorze pattern.
florid = elaborately ornamented
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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2  —1 use as in:
florid color
Mr. Ashton was a florid, red-whiskered little man, whose...
florid = with a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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hedonist
2 uses
A new hedonism,—that is what our century wants.
hedonism = philosophy that people should be most motivated by sensual pleasures
DefinitionGenerally hedonist means:
someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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hideous
20 uses
How perfectly hideous they are!
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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indifferent
11 uses
The next time he calls, you will be perfectly cold and indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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infinite
12 uses
In Dorian's there was infinite pity.
infinite = unlimited (immeasurable)
DefinitionGenerally infinite means:
unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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lethargic
1 use
What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or the lack of imagination.
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
The style in which it was written was that curious jewelled style, vivid and obscure at once, full of argot and of archaisms, of technical expressions and of elaborate paraphrases, that characterises the work of some of the finest artists of the French school of Symbolistes.
obscure = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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obsequious
1 use
The elaborate character of the frame had made the picture extremely bulky, and now and then, in spite of the obsequious protests of Mr. Ashton, who had a true tradesman's dislike of seeing a gentleman doing anything useful, Dorian put his hand to it so as to help them.
obsequious = excessively eager to serve
DefinitionGenerally obsequious means:
excessively eager to flatter or serve
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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 = 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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petulant
2 uses
"I don't want a life-sized portrait of myself," answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner.
petulant = unreasonably upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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sanguine
1 use
to find his way through the sanguine labyrinth of passion through which he was wandering.
sanguine = optimistic and cheerful
DefinitionGenerally sanguine means:
confidently optimistic and cheerful
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