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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.107.27
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approach   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
He paused and put his hand to his throat, and I could see, in spite of his collected manner, that he was wrestling against the approaches of the hysteria—†
approaches = coming
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Book3 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.92.13
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Had I approached my discovery in a more noble spirit, had I risked the experiment while under the empire of generous or pious aspirations, all must have been otherwise, and from these agonies of death and birth, I had come forth an angel instead of a fiend.†
approached = handled (done something in a particular manner)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.89.4
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3  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
He gave his friend a few seconds to recover his composure, and then approached the question he had come to put.†
approached = began talking about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.14.37
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.1.59
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.66.71
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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:
accept without criticism; or approve of
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.22.40
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
"Foul play!" cried the lawyer, a good deal frightened and rather inclined to be irritated in consequence.†
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.7.82
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
I met with one accident which, as it brought on no consequence, I shall no more than mention.†
consequence = significant result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.92.18
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Even on Sunday, when it veiled its more florid charms and lay comparatively empty of passage, the street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest; and with its freshly painted shutters, well-polished brasses, and general cleanliness and gaiety of note, instantly caught and pleased the eye of the passenger.
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1, p.3.45
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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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.1.8
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
"Now, my good man," said the lawyer, "be explicit."†
explicit = clear and detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8, p.51.79
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gesticulate
1 use
This was the shocking thing; that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices; that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned; that what was dead, and had no shape, should usurp the offices of life.
gesticulated = made body movements
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.106.24
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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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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8, p.52.44
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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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.81.23
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phenomenon
1 use
He had now seen the full deformity of that creature that shared with him some of the phenomena of consciousness, and was co-heir with him to death: and beyond these links of community, which in themselves made the most poignant part of his distress, he thought of Hyde, for all his energy of life, as of something not only hellish but inorganic.†
phenomena = observable things
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10, p.105.99
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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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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.104.43
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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 = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.84.58
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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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.72.59
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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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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.29.53
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