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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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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candid
2 uses
All the candor of youth was there, as well as all youth's passionate purity.
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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censure
2 uses
Women who had wildly adored him, and for his sake had braved all social censure and set convention at defiance, were seen to grow pallid with shame or horror if Dorian Gray entered the room.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
—to observe where they met, and where they separated, at what point they were in unison, and at what point they were at discord,
discord = conflict (disagreement)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
Their voices were horribly shrill and discordant.
discordant = unpleasant sounding (especially in combination)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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disdain
2 uses
She crouched on the floor like a wounded thing, and Dorian Gray, with his beautiful eyes, looked down at her, and his chiselled lips curled in exquisite disdain.
disdain = lack of respect (as though she was unworthy of him)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 5
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divine
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
...she is absolutely and entirely divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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induce
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
induce symptoms
You can't have forgotten that you assured me most solemnly that nothing in the world would induce you to send it to any exhibition.
induce = cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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infamous
6 uses
don't tell me that you are infamous!
infamous = have an exceedingly bad reputation
DefinitionGenerally infamous means:
having an exceedingly bad reputation
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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listless
6 uses
Yet she was curiously listless.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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loathe
14 uses
Would it teach him to loathe his own soul?
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book14 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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opera
14 uses
They ... used to be always seen together at the Opera, and wherever good music was going on.
opera = performances of classical music plays in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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philanthropy
3 uses
You are too charming to go in for philanthropy, Mr. Gray,—far too charming.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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reproach
5 uses
He could not bear the idea of reproaching him any more.
reproaching = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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servile
2 uses
It was like a placid mask of servility.
servility = an attitude of someone who is so excessively submissive that they seem to lack self-respect
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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subtle
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
There were poisons so subtle that to know their properties one had to sicken of them.
subtle = hidden in the way they work
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
working in an indirect or hidden way
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
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tedious
7 uses
They are good husbands, or faithful wives, or something tedious.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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vulgar
10 uses
There was something so crude and vulgar about everything of the kind.
vulgar = of bad taste
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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