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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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acquiesce
1 use
no one has ever suffered such torments ... and yet even to these, habit brought ... a certain callousness of soul, a certain acquiescence of despair;
acquiescence = reluctant acceptance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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alleviate
1 use
habit brought—no, not alleviation—but a certain callousness of soul, a certain acquiescence of despair;
alleviation = lessening of pain
DefinitionGenerally alleviate means:
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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astute
1 use
Yet the creature was astute; mastered his fury with a great effort of the will; composed his two important letters, one to Lanyon and one to Poole; and that he might receive actual evidence of their being posted, sent them out with directions that they should be registered.
astute = smart & perceptive
DefinitionGenerally astute means:
smart and perceptive
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austere
1 use
He was austere with himself ... and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years.
austere = strict in not enjoying luxury
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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aversion
1 use
Even at that time, I had not yet conquered my aversion to the dryness of a life of study.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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blasphemy
2 uses
a pious work, for which Jekyll had several times expressed a great esteem, annotated, in his own hand, with startling blasphemies.
blasphemies = something said 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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condone
1 use
punishment coming, PEDE CLAUDO, years after memory has forgotten and self-love condoned the fault.
condoned = accepted without criticism
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
to accept (a specific bad behavior) without criticism

or:

to approve of (a specific behavior that is typically considered bad)
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile;
countenance = face; or facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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heresy
2 uses
"I incline to Cain's heresy," he used to say quaintly: "I let my brother go to the devil in his own way."
heresy = opinions or actions most people consider immoral

(editor's note:  Wikisource annotates this line as follows:  Cain's heresy..In the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, after murdering his brother, God asked Cain where he was. Cain replies, "Am I my brother's keeper?" This was, in fact, the heresy that Utterson refers to. Utterson means that his "sin" is that he doesn't get involved in the personal affairs of others. However, he eventually breaks this rule with Jekyll and Hyde.)
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
inclined to be irritated
inclined = having a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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incongruous
3 uses
It was the curse of mankind that these incongruous fagots were thus bound together that in the agonised womb of consciousness, these polar twins should be continuously struggling.
incongruous = out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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incredulous
1 use
My life is shaken to its roots; ... I feel that my days are numbered, and that I must die; and yet I shall die incredulous.
incredulous = not believing; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
Suppose it were as you suppose, supposing Dr. Jekyll to have been—well, murdered, what could induce the murderer to stay?
induce = cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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penitent
4 uses
As for the moral turpitude that man unveiled to me, even with tears of penitence, I cannot, even in memory, dwell on it without a start of horror.
penitence = feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds (sorrow for having done wrong); or a person who does such
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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pious
2 uses
There were several books on a shelf; one lay beside the tea-things open, and Utterson was amazed to find it a copy of a pious work, for which Jekyll had several times expressed a great esteem, annotated, in his own hand, with startling blasphemies.
pious = behaving in a highly moral manner
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
profound slumber
profound = intense (deep)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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remorse
3 uses
As the acuteness of this remorse began to die away, it was succeeded by a sense of joy.
remorse = strong regret
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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stature
5 uses
It might indeed be possible to cover my face; but of what use was that, when I was unable to conceal the alteration in my stature?
stature = height
DefinitionGenerally stature means:
a person's height

or:

a high level of respect gained by impressive achievement
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
Confident as I am that you will not trifle with this appeal, my heart sinks and my hand trembles at the bare thought of such a possibility.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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2  —3 uses as in:
a trifling matter
"Yes, certainly, I know that," said the doctor, a trifle sharply.
trifle = little
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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