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Ulysses by James Joyce

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acrimony
1 use
Faultfinding being a proverbially bad hat Mr Bloom thought well to stir or try to the clotted sugar from the bottom and reflected with something approaching acrimony on the Coffee Palace and its temperance (and lucrative) work.
acrimony = anger and bitterness
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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1st useChapter 16
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aesthetic
3 uses
Dublin's premier photographic artist, being responsible for the esthetic execution.
esthetic = related to beauty
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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1st useChapter 15
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apprehend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
What selfimposed enigma did Bloom about to rise in order to go so as to conclude lest he should not conclude involuntarily apprehend?†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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1st useChapter 14
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2  —1 use as in:
apprehend the criminal
And straightway the minions of the law led forth from their donjon keep one whom the sleuthhounds of justice had apprehended in consequence of information received.†
apprehended = arrested
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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1st useChapter 12
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augment
5 uses
The guarded glance of half solicitude half curiosity augmented by friendliness
augmented = enhanced (enlarged)
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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bronze   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Dust slept on dull coils of bronze and silver, lozenges of cinnabar, on rubies, leprous and winedark stones.
bronze = a brownish metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —12 uses as in:
a bronze tan
By bronze, by gold, in oceangreen of shadow.†
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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candid
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Be candid for once.
candid = honest and direct
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1st useChapter 16
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convoluted
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convoluted folds of the brain
I believe in that myself because it has been explained by competent men as the convolutions of the grey matter.
convolutions = twists and folds

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
having complex coils, folds, twists, or irregularities
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky. ... The apple of discord was...
discord = disagreement amongst those who are expected to cooperate
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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1st useChapter 13
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
Private Carr, Private Compton and Cissy Caffrey pass beneath the windows, singing in discord.
discord = musical voices that don't sound good together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 15
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enigma
2 uses
of all great men he is the most enigmatic.
enigmatic = mysterious (hard to understand)
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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1st useChapter 9
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exemplar
4 uses
What future careers had been possible for Bloom in the past and with what exemplars?
exemplars = examples — especially those representing the ideal
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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impetuous
4 uses
Impetuous fellow!
impetuous = impulsive (to act 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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1st useChapter 16
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
What limitations of activity and inhibitions of conjugal rights were perceived by listener and narrator concerning themselves during the course of this intermittent and increasingly more laconic narration?†
inhibitions = restraints

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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1st useChapter 17
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metropolis
6 uses
The viceroy was most cordially greeted on his way through the metropolis.
metropolis = city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
city — especially a large city that is considered important
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1st useChapter 7
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pious
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Buck Mulligan, his pious eyes upturned, prayed:
pious = religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 1
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proclivity
2 uses
This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was spoken of by some with facetious proclivities as Lord John Corley.
proclivities = tendencies
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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1st useChapter 14
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reprehensible
2 uses
A habit reprehensible at puberty is second nature and...
reprehensible = bad and deserving severe criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 14
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repudiate
2 uses
an idea he utterly repudiated.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 15
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