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Crime and Punishment

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aesthetic
3 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
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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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6.7
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amorous
1 use
She rejected his amorous advances.
amorous = romantic or sexual
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.3
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ascetic
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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benevolent
7 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.6
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complacent
1 use
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.5
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credulous
2 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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depravity
10 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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disdain
5 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
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.2
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eccentric
6 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3.1
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enigma
5 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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ephemeral
2 uses
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.2
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impetuous
1 use
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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mitigate
3 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.5
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel marketing ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.2
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obstinate
6 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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parsimonious
1 use
Ebenezer Scrooge was parsimonious in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
parsimonious = (having the trait of) extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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recant
1 use
According to popular legend, after being forced to recant his theory that the Earth moved around the Sun, Galileo whispered, "And yet it moves."
recant = say he no longer believed (something previously said)
DefinitionGenerally recant means:
for one to say they no longer believe a previously made statement or belief — often while under pressure
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.2
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scrupulous
2 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.2
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servile
1 use
We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
servile = excessively submissive
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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sulk
4 uses
She was disappointed and retreated to her room to sulk.
sulk = to overly indulge in being unhappy and unsociable
DefinitionGenerally sulk means:
to be overly unhappy and unsociable — often due to disappointment or a sense of not getting what was deserved
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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