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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 9
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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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1st useChapter 9
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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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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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blasphemy
1 use
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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1st useChapter 10
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calumny
1 use
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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consequence
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say when he was a boy of eighteen, and consequently he always looks absolutely delightful.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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1st useChapter 6
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dominate
8 uses
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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1st useChapter 5
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enmity
1 use
"You don't understand what friendship is, Harry," he murmured,—"or what enmity is, for that matter."
enmity = hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
I believe he married Lady Ashton'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 10
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
So the lad was looking rather sulky, as with listless fingers he turned over the pages of an elaborately-illustrated edition of "Manon Lescaut" that he had found in one of the bookcases.†
illustrated = accompanied by pictures
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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, 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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1st useChapter 7
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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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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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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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1st useChapter 3
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inquest
6 uses
There will have to be an inquest, of course, and you must not be mixed up in it.†
inquest = formal inquiry or investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquest means:
a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an unexpected death or other undesirable event
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1st useChapter 6
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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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1st useChapter 3
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
He would examine with minute care, and often 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 = detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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1st useChapter 9
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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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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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1st useChapter 3
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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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1st useChapter 2
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stagnate
2 uses
And what an utter intellectual stagnation it reveals!
stagnation = lack of development
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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