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Atlas Shrugged
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ascetic
2 uses
I've always known that under that ascetic look of yours you were a plain, crude sensualist who sought nothing from a woman except an animal satisfaction which I pride myself on not having given you.
ascetic = extremely self-denying
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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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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austere
25 uses
His face was hard; it had an expression of severity, an inner severity directed at himself; it looked austere and lonely.
austere = without comfort or 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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Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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credulous
1 use
this task of pretending, distorting, deceiving, with the credulous stare of...
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.8
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denounce
21 uses
Mr. Rearden, the law which you are denouncing is based on the highest principle-the principle of the public good.
denouncing = strongly criticizing or accusing publicly

or more rarely:  informing against someone
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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depravity
41 uses
Now the planners are asking their people not to blame the government, but to blame the depravity of the rich,
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book41 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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dogmatic
1 use
We're not stubborn, theoretical dogmatists-we're flexible.
dogmatists = people who state their opinions as absolute truth
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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1st useChapter 3.8
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erudite
1 use
...existence and consciousness-are axioms you cannot escape, ...implied in any action you undertake, in any part of your knowledge and in its sum, from the first ray of light you perceive at the start of your life to the widest erudition you might acquire at its end.
erudition = deep scholarly knowledge
DefinitionGenerally erudite means:
having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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1st useChapter 3.7
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evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
...you are free to think or to evade that effort.
evade = try to avoid (in this case the responsibility of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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futile
48 uses
But her quest had remained futile.
futile = unproductive
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book48 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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immutable
1 use
It was the urge to defy reality by the destruction of every living value, for the sake of proving to himself that he could exist in defiance of reality and would never have to be bound by any solid, immutable facts.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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1st useChapter 3.9
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incredulous
55 uses
...this country displayed to an incredulous world what greatness was possible to man, what happiness was possible on earth.
incredulous = unbelieving
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book55 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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mystic
101 uses
Once he surrendered reason, he was left at the mercy of ... a body moved by unaccountable instincts and of a soul moved by mystic revelations...
mystic = relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Book101 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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objective
3 uses
This was the stamp James Taggart had dreaded, from which there was no escape: the stamp and proof of objectivity.
objectivity = a reality based on facts without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.3
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rational
95 uses
They cannot be reached by a rational argument.
rational = reasonable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rational means:
reasonable — in various senses:
  • logical as contrasted to illogical
  • based on reason as contrasted to emotion
  • capable of using reason as contrasted to being insane or lacking the ability to reason
  • based on a logical analysis as contrasted to intuition, instinct, custom, tarot-card reading, or some other system of decision making
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Book95 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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remnant
81 uses
There was still a remnant of sunset light in the sky,
remnant = last bit
DefinitionGenerally remnant means:
a small amount that remains after the rest is gone
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Book81 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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renounce
39 uses
Renounce the material world and you surrender it to evil.
renounce = to formally reject, give up, or turn away from

(as in to give up the power of a monarch, to change belief , behavior, support, or association)
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Book39 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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reproach
43 uses
Philip's face assumed a look of reproach.
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book43 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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repudiate
2 uses
It's the easiest of all debts to repudiate.
repudiate = strong rejection
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
the general manager had resigned and vanished three days ago
resigned = quit (the job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
...he sensed the answer to his question by the look of resignation on the man's face.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.10
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