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aesthetic
3 uses
Ah, it's not picturesque, not aesthetically attractive!
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
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 6.7
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amorous
1 use
How many scenes, how many amorous episodes he had imagined on this seductive and playful theme, when his work was over!
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
romantic or sexual
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1st useChapter 4.3
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ascetic
1 use
you are an ascetic, a monk, a hermit!
ascetic = someone who practices 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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1st useChapter 6.8
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benevolent
7 uses
What is your motive for such benevolence?
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 2.6
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complacent
1 use
Even his own, perhaps too complacent, consciousness of the agreeable improvement in his appearance might have been forgiven in such circumstances,
complacent = satisfied (to a fault)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 2.5
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credulous
2 uses
For she is credulous and good-hearted, and she believes everything from the goodness of her heart and...
credulous = gullible (too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 5.1
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depravity
10 uses
not one drop of real depravity had penetrated to her heart;
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book10 uses
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1st useChapter 4.1
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disdain
5 uses
Ah, don't disdain life!
disdain = disrespect
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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1st useChapter 5.2
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eccentric
6 uses
they are used to thinking of me as eccentric.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 3.1
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enigma
5 uses
He had simply babbled on uttering empty phrases, letting slip a few enigmatic words and again reverting to incoherence.
enigmatic = mysterious and seeming unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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1st useChapter 5.4
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ephemeral
2 uses
In fact, if there could be any hope, it would be very ephemeral,
ephemeral = lasting only for a short time
DefinitionGenerally ephemeral means:
existing only for a short time
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1st useChapter 4.2
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impetuous
1 use
Avdotya Romanovna began impetuously, but immediately checked herself.
impetuously = impulsively (without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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mitigate
3 uses
How can you say you don't want a mitigation of sentence?
mitigation = reduction (in harm or unpleasantness)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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1st useChapter 4.5
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novel
1 use
He remembered every detail of the previous day and he knew that a perfectly novel experience had befallen him, that he had received an impression unlike anything he had known before.
novel = pleasantly new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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1st useChapter 3.2
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obstinate
6 uses
He stayed obstinately at that thought.
obstinately = stubbornly
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 2.4
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parsimonious
1 use
He had not come to stay with him on his arrival in Petersburg simply from parsimony, though that had been perhaps his chief object.
parsimony = reluctance to spend money
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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1st useChapter 5.1
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recant
1 use
All that had been said before had sounded so like a recantation that these words were too great a shock.
recantation = change of mind from what was said before

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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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1st useChapter 6.2
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scrupulous
2 uses
He washed that morning scrupulously—he got some soap from Nastasya—he washed his hair, his neck and especially his hands.
scrupulously = with careful diligence
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 3.2
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servile
1 use
But what they want though it smells of death and can be made of India-rubber, at least is not alive, has no will, is servile and won't revolt!
servile = 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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1st useChapter 3.5
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sulk
4 uses
But I turned sulky and wouldn't.†
sulky = overly 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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1st useChapter 5.4
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