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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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accompany
15 uses
My son accompanied me on this journey.
accompanied = traveled along with
DefinitionGenerally accompany means:
to travel along with; or to be present with at the same time and/or location

or:

to perform with
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alacrity
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I proceeded in my electrical experiments with great alacrity;
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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augment
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The libraries were augmented by donations
augmented = enlarged or increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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benevolent
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yet men primarily considered that their own and their country's interest was united, and did not act from a principle of benevolence.
benevolence = generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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capacious
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...he erected the capacious and very elegant meeting-house that stands in Arch-street.
capacious = large in capacity
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censure
5 uses
his censures proceeded from good-will
censures = criticisms
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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clergy
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While I liv'd in Boston most of my hours of leisure for conversation were spent with him, and he continu'd a sober as well as an industrious lad; was much respected for his learning by several of the clergy and other gentlemen, and seemed to promise making a good figure in life.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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diffident
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...the habit of expressing myself in terms of modest diffidence; never using, when I advanced any thing that may possibly be disputed, the words certainly, undoubtedly, or any others that give the air of positiveness to an opinion; but rather say, I conceive or apprehend a thing to be so and so; it appears to me, or...
diffidence = hesitancy and unassertiveness due to a lack of self-confidence
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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digress
1 use
By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be grown old. I us'd to write more methodically.
digressions = wanderings from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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discord
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discord amongst the group
...it would create such discord as might break up the company.
discord = disagreement and conflict
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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efficacious
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And considering the eagerness with which such information is sought by them, and the extent of your reputation, I do not know of a more efficacious advertisement than your biography would give.
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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fallacious
1 use
...all appearances to the contrary, such as ... being to his certain knowledge fallacious;
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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forbearance
3 uses
I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradiction to the sentiments of others
forbear = refrain (hold back)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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indolent
1 use
The settlement of that province had lately been begun, but, instead of being made with hardy, industrious husbandmen, accustomed to labor, the only people fit for such an enterprise, it was with families of broken shop-keepers and other insolvent debtors, many of indolent and idle habits ... who, being set down in the woods, unqualified for clearing land, and unable to endure the hardships of a new settlement, perished in numbers, leaving many helpless children unprovided for.
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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obstinate
3 uses
obstinately persisted in manacling their deputies with...
obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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parsimonious
1 use
... telling me, that by steady industry and a prudent parsimony I might save enough by the time I was one-and-twenty to set me up;
parsimony = reluctance to spend money
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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refute
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my friend M. le Roy, of the Royal Academy of Sciences, took up my cause and refuted him;
refuted = argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
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remonstrate
1 use
...they had plundered and stripped the inhabitants, totally ruining some poor families, besides insulting, abusing, and confining the people if they remonstrated.
remonstrated = argued in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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servile
1 use
I did not, however, aim at gaining his favour by paying any servile respect to him, but, after some time, took this other method.
servile = excessively submissive
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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zeal
3 uses
This obscure family of ours was early in the Reformation, and continued Protestants through the reign of Queen Mary, when they were sometimes in danger of trouble on account of their zeal against popery.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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