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A Tale of Two Cities
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acquiesce
2 uses
Defarge looked gloomily at his wife, and gave no other answer than a gruff sound of acquiescence.
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 3.3
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benevolent
2 uses
gifts bestowed upon him towards the execution of this benevolent purpose
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 3.8
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capricious
2 uses
So capriciously were the people moved, that tears immediately rolled down several ferocious countenances which had been glaring at the prisoner a moment before, as if with impatience to pluck him out into the streets and kill him.
capriciously = with impulsiveness that is hard to predict
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 3.6
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complacent
4 uses
Sydney Carton looked at his punch and looked at his complacent friend;
complacent = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 2.16
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deference
5 uses
with less internal deference than he made an outward show of
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useChapter 2.10
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despondent
5 uses
Up one minute and down the next; now in spirits and now in despondency!
despondency = depression
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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1st useChapter 2.5
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disparage
2 uses
That, he (Mr. Attorney-General) was prepared to hear some disparagement attempted of this admirable servant; but that, in a general way, he preferred him to his (Mr. Attorney-General's) brothers and sisters, and honoured him more than his (Mr. Attorney-General's) father and mother.
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 2.3
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dubious
4 uses
Mr. Cruncher was soothed, but shook his head in a dubious and moral way.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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1st useChapter 2.12
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eccentric
4 uses
From these pilgrimages to the jug and basin, he returned with such eccentricities of damp headgear as no words can describe; which were made the more ludicrous by his anxious gravity.
eccentricities = things reflecting unconventional or strange behavior
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 2.5
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epicure
1 use
Ogre that he was, he spoke like an epicure.
epicure = a person devoted to a refined taste for food
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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1st useChapter 3.14
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furtive
2 uses
...asked the man, in a furtive, frightened way.
furtive = cautious
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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1st useChapter 2.18
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incessant
3 uses
The footsteps were incessant, and the hurry of them became more and more rapid.
incessant = continuous (never stopping)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 2.14
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latent
5 uses
The latent uneasiness in Darnay's mind was roused to vigourous life by this letter.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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1st useChapter 2.24
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lethargic
3 uses
He had gradually dropped to the floor, and lay there in a lethargy, worn out.
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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1st useChapter 2.17
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obstinate
3 uses
But it is the obstinate custom of such creatures hardly ever to say what is set down for them.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 3.1
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ostentatious
3 uses
Mr. Cruncher could not be restrained from making rather an ostentatious parade of his...
ostentatious = 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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1st useChapter 3.8
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repudiate
1 use
But, the same consideration that suggested him, repudiated him; he lived in the most violent Quarter, and doubtless was influential there, and deep in its dangerous workings.
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 3.3
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servile
1 use
Then, what submission, what cringing and fawning, what servility, what abject humiliation!
servility = behavior of someone who is so excessively submissive or eager to please that they seem to lack self-respect
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 2.7
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soliloquy
1 use
"I hope there ain't, but I can't make so 'Nation sure of that," said the guard, in gruff soliloquy.
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
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1st useChapter 1.2
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transitory
1 use
Many a night he vaguely and unhappily wandered there, when wine had brought no transitory gladness to him;
transitory = lasting a short time
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1st useChapter 2.13
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