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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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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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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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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
For one thing he mightn't what you call jump at the idea, if approached, and what mostly worried him was he didn't know how to lead up to it or word it exactly,
approached = began speaking with someone about something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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1st useChapter 16
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arbitration
1 use
Struggle for life is the law of existence but human philirenists, notably the tsar and the king of England, have invented arbitration.
arbitration = an official process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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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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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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didactic
1 use
What additional didactic counsels did he similarly repress?
didactic = intended to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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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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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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disparate
1 use
Approaching, disparate, at relaxed walking pace...
disparate = different (in this case taking different routes)
DefinitionGenerally disparate means:
very different — often referring to a collection of very different elements such as a group of very different people
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enigma
5 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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however
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Never about the runaway wife coming back, however much devoted to the absentee.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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1st useChapter 12
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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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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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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Before the mirror the matrimonial gift of Alderman John Hooper with a clear melancholy wise bright motionless compassionate gaze regarded Bloom while Bloom with obscure tranquil profound motionless compassionated gaze regarded the matrimonial gift of Luke and Caroline Doyle.
obscure = not clearly understood (by others)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
You pray to a local and obscure idol:
obscure = not known by most people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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3  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The widewinged nostrils, from which bristles of the same tawny hue projected, were of such capaciousness that within their cavernous obscurity the fieldlark might easily have lodged her nest.
obscurity = darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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1st useChapter 12
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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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