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The Fountainhead
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assiduous
1 use
The man was toiling assiduously, bending conduits around a beam.
assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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austere
9 uses
she looked more delicately austere than any among them.
austere = lacking decoration or practicing self-denial
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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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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belligerent
4 uses
"That's right," said Mitchell Layton belligerently, as if he expected everyone to disagree and was insulting them in advance.
belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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benevolent
10 uses
He stood smiling benevolently in silence.
benevolently = kindly
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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complacent
2 uses
Dominique watched him complacently, as if he presented no further problem to her.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.14
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contrite
1 use
It's natural for you to be a little contrite—a normal reflex—but we must look at it objectively, we're grownup, rational people, nothing is too serious, we can't really help what we do, we're conditioned that way, we just charge it off to experience and go on from there.
contrite = feel sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 4.10
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depravity
9 uses
To what level of depravity has a society descended when it condemns a man simply because he is strong and great?
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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deride
9 uses
had to endure the derisive glances
derisive = showing contempt and ridicule (lack of respect and making fun of)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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disparage
1 use
Even a disparaging comment would be a personal link.
disparaging = critical
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4.10
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dogmatic
1 use
It may be worth mentioning, in passing, that dogmatic discipline is the only thing which makes true originality possible...
dogmatic = unquestioned
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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1st useChapter 1.4
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guile
2 uses
He said it simply, guilelessly, in a little petulant whine.
guilelessly = innocently — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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1st useChapter 1.15
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immutable
1 use
His manner was immutable; it was the same in a drawing room, at a labor meeting, on a lecture platform, in the bathroom or during sexual intercourse:
immutable = unchanging
DefinitionGenerally immutable means:
not subject or susceptible to change
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1st useChapter 2.9
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indifferent
60 uses
He refused to accept the thought that a woman could remain indifferent to him.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Book60 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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inflexible
2 uses
Her body, sagging limply from her shoulders, contradicted the inflexible precision of the legs; the cold austerity of her face contradicted the pose of her body.
inflexible = unbending (uncompromising)
DefinitionGenerally inflexible means:
not flexible (not bendable or adaptable in various senses:)
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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1st useChapter 1.12
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ostentatious
8 uses
I want a real wedding, Gail. I want it at the most ostentatious hotel in town.
ostentatious = intended to impress
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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prosaic
1 use
It was as if his huge body were resigned to the conventions of a prosaic civilization and to its drab garments, but the oval of his chest and stomach sallied forth, flying the colors of his inner soul.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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1st useChapter 1.10
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reprehensible
1 use
The past, the career, the personality of Howard Roark seem to support the widespread impression that he is a reprehensible character, a dangerous, unprincipled, antisocial type of man...
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 4.16
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repudiate
1 use
I haven't asked you to repudiate it.
repudiate = strong rejection
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 4.3
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reticent
2 uses
she proceeded to state without reticence of expression that.
reticence = reluctance
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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1st useChapter 1.10
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scrupulous
6 uses
You must observe them scrupulously.
scrupulously = with careful diligence
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10
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