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The Brothers Karamazov
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aesthetic
2 uses
You are wounded, in the first place, in your esthetic feelings, and, secondly, in your pride.
esthetic = sense of what is good or beautiful
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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candid
3 uses
They were splendid children ... "and I can't look at their innocent candid faces, I am unworthy."
candid = honest and direct
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censure
4 uses
they would censure me, and I would burst out laughing in their faces.
censure = criticize
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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clergy
1 use
Going into the cottage where the clergy were assembled and the visitors had arrived, including Fyodor Pavlovitch, who was to stand god-father, he suddenly announced that the baby "ought not to be christened at all."
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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conciliatory
1 use
Fyodor Pavlovitch seems to have been the first to suggest, apparently in joke, that they should all meet in Father Zossima's cell, and that, without appealing to his direct intervention, they might more decently come to an understanding under the conciliating influence of the elder's presence.
conciliating = attempting to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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credulous
2 uses
Oh, in such cases the criminal is often amazingly shallow and credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
...he dare not defer it for a moment,
defer = postpone (put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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deride
4 uses
And therefore the idea of the service of humanity, of brotherly love and the solidarity of mankind, is more and more dying out in the world, and indeed this idea is sometimes treated with derision.
derision = treatment as though it is unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...he was always pondering in his mind how the family discord could be ended.
discord = conflict or disagreement
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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disparage
1 use
he could do no real good by such disparagement of the witnesses,
disparagement = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dissent
2 uses
instead of serving the cause of brotherly love and the union of humanity have fallen, on the contrary, into dissension and isolation
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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mischievous
3 uses
In fact, every one seemed to like her; even the boys did not tease her, and the boys of our town, especially the schoolboys, are a mischievous set.
mischievous = naughtily or annoyingly playful

or:

tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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ostentatious
3 uses
They live only for mutual envy, for luxury and ostentation.
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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refute
3 uses
he scarcely tried to refute his evidence
refute = prove or argue that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
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repudiate
4 uses
we shall hasten to repudiate it.
repudiate = reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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reticent
1 use
What was your reason for this reticence?
reticence = reluctance
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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scrupulous
5 uses
scrupulous in the performance of his duties
scrupulous = diligent and careful
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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taint
1 use
Now, on the other side, take the Church's own view of crime: is it not bound to renounce the present almost pagan attitude, and to change from a mechanical cutting off of its tainted member for the preservation of society, as at present, into completely and honestly adopting the idea of the regeneration of the man, of his reformation and salvation?
tainted = spoiled (having done things that are wrong)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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venerate
1 use
For forty or fifty years past, from the times of former elders, no visitors had entered that cell without feelings of the profoundest veneration.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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zeal
3 uses
"That is clear and it's a sin to hide it," the fanatic, carried away by a zeal that outstripped his reason, would not be quieted.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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