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The Brothers Karamazov
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ascetic
8 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
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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Book8 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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austere
7 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
5 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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capricious
9 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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complacent
5 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
17 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book17 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 77 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a contrary idea
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.
contrary = different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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Book13 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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3  —62 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = In opposition to what was just said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of on the contrary means:
in opposition to what was just said
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Book62 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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depravity
5 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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disdain
15 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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enigma
12 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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heresy
9 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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impetuous
6 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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monastery
140 uses
Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries was the largest legally enforced transfer of property in English history since the Norman Conquest.
monasteries = the residences of religious communities
DefinitionGenerally monastery means:
the residence of a religious community
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Book140 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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monk
180 uses
a Tibetan monk wearing an orange robe
monk = a male member of a religious order typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
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Book180 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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obstinate
13 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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orthodox
10 uses
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = standard (adhering to what is commonly accepted)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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philanthropy
6 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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scoundrel
90 uses
He's a scoundrel. Don't trust him.
scoundrel = someone without moral principles
Word Statistics
Book90 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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