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austere
7 uses
I imagine even that of the Carthusian monks is not so austere.
austere = practicing great self-denial
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.9-10
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censure
5 uses
Don Quixote ... presently returned it saying, "In the little I have seen I have discovered three things in this author that deserve to be censured."
censured = criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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credulous
1 use
though there are some, too, who say you showed yourself over-credulous in believing there was any possibility in the government of that island offered you by Senor Don Quixote.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 2.3-4
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daunt
8 uses
neither heaven has created nor hell seen any that can daunt or intimidate me,
daunt = discourage
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...whether we were to defer the business or put it in execution at once.
defer = postpone (put off until a later time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 1.39-40
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delectable
6 uses
OF THE DELECTABLE DISCUSSION BETWEEN DON QUIXOTE AND SANCHO PANZA, HIS SQUIRE, TOGETHER WITH OTHER INCIDENTS
delectable = very pleasing
DefinitionGenerally delectable means:
extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13-14
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diligent
8 uses
diligence is the mother of good fortune, and indolence, its opposite,
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.23-24
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
his love for sowing dissensions and scattering discord everywhere
discord = conflict and 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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1st useChapter 2.25-26
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
Then listen, not to dulcet harmony,
But to a discord wrung by mad despair
discord = unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong 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 1.13-14
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disparage
5 uses
But do not think that by praising these I am disparaging the others; all I mean to say is that the penances of those of the present day do not come up to the asceticism and austerity of former times;
disparaging = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.11-12
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dogmatic
1 use
During the remainder of the journey the licentiate held forth to them on the excellences of the sword, with such conclusive arguments, and such figures and mathematical proofs, that all were convinced of the value of the science, and Corchuelo cured of his dogmatism.
dogmatism = belief that his opinions were the absolute truth
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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1st useChapter 2.19-20
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indolent
9 uses
diligence is the mother of good fortune, and indolence, its opposite,
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.0
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novel
4 uses
But enough of that for the present; let us go and see Master Pedro's show, for I am sure there must be something novel in it.
novel = pleasantly new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.31-32
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 10 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The girls were looking at him and straining their eyes to make out the features which the clumsy visor obscured...
obscured = hid or made difficult to see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.39-40
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
...there is no need for you to go a-begging for aphorisms from philosophers, precepts from Holy Scripture, fables from poets, speeches from orators, or miracles from saints; but merely to take care that your style and diction run musically, pleasantly, and plainly, with clear, proper, and well-placed words, setting forth your purpose to the best of your power, and putting your ideas intelligibly, without confusion or obscurity.
obscurity = the quality of being difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.0
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3  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
driving the old books into obscurity before the light of the new ones
obscurity = the condition of not being known by many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 1.47-48
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penury
2 uses
...virtue of itself sheds a certain light, even though it be through the straits and chinks of penury,
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.0
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was perturbed
When Don Quixote heard this his amazement was redoubled and his perturbation grew greater than ever,
perturbation = disturbance of mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturb means:
to disturb in mind or make uneasy
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1st useChapter 2.55-56
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scrupulous
12 uses
Don Quixote promised to follow his advice scrupulously,
scrupulously = being careful to behave ethically and/or with extreme care and great effort
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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zeal
7 uses
they will serve your worship with all zeal, affection, and good-will
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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