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Babbitt
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aesthetic
1 use
He knew himself to be of a breeding altogether more esthetic and sensitive than Thompson's. He was a college graduate, he played golf, he often smoked cigarettes instead of cigars, and when he went to Chicago he took a room with a private bath.
esthetic = beautiful, tasteful, or related to beauty or taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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1st useChapter 6
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apathy
1 use
He accepted Frink with vast apathy; he grunted, "Poor boob!"
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 23
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candid
2 uses
He was supple and swift and flushed; his eyes (which he believed to be cynical) were candidly eager.
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 2
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censure
2 uses
If he took her to dinner, if he were seen by censorious friends—But he went on ardently:
censorious = tending to express harsh criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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1st useChapter 24
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complacent
2 uses
In contrast to the complacent Myra he saw her as swift and air-borne and radiant, a fire-spirit tenderly stooping to the hearth
complacent = contented (satisfied and unworried)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 4
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compulsion
3 uses
He felt a compulsion back to all the standards he had so vaguely yet so desperately been fleeing.
compulsion = a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or force or a requirement that forces an action
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1st useChapter 29
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deride
2 uses
Under this derision Babbitt became more matter-of-fact.
derision = disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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1st useChapter 33
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eccentric
2 uses
His daughter Verona eccentrically took baths in the morning, now and then.
eccentrically = unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 1
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futile
2 uses
It was coming to him that perhaps all life as he knew it and vigorously practised it was futile;
futile = pointless effort
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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1st useChapter 15
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hackneyed
1 use
The men leaned back on their heels, put their hands in their trousers-pockets, and proclaimed their views with the booming profundity of a prosperous male repeating a thoroughly hackneyed statement about a matter of which he knows nothing whatever.
hackneyed = writing that befits a hack writer; i.e., writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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incredulous
4 uses
Babbitt incredulously saw that it was Chum Frink.
incredulously = with disbelief
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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1st useChapter 20
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indolent
1 use
If people had ever lived and loved here, read thrillers at midnight and lain in beautiful indolence on a Sunday morning, there were no signs of it.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useChapter 2
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inevitable
4 uses
At dinner, when his wife began the inevitable, he bellowed, "I forbid any of you to say a word about Paul!"
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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1st useChapter 4
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
A patch of her throat had a minute roughness like the crumbs from a rubber eraser.
minute = very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations)
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1st useChapter 31
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pretentious
4 uses
The club was a dingy building, three pretentious old dwellings
pretentious = trying to appear more impressive than is deserved
DefinitionGenerally pretentious means:
acting more impressive than is deserved
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1st useChapter 18
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reticent
4 uses
"Yuh—" Then he was pouring it out nakedly, robbed of reticence.
reticence = reluctance
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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revere
13 uses
she did her work with the thoroughness of a mind which reveres details and never quite understands them;
reveres = respects and admires
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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1st useChapter 10
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scrupulous
1 use
He performed the rite scrupulously.
scrupulously = diligently or carefully
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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stoic
1 use
Every truck that made its way from the factories to the freight-stations was guarded by a policeman, trying to look stoical beside the scab driver.
stoical = not showing emotion
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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1st useChapter 27
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zeal
2 uses
They spoke with zeal of the coming baseball season.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 13
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