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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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apathy
3 uses
Raskolnikov looked on with a strange sensation of indifference and apathy.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 2.6
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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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capricious
2 uses
you can't imagine, Dmitri Prokofitch, how moody and, so to say, capricious he is.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 2.3
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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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dissent
2 uses
You wrote this to make dissension between me and my family,
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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1st useChapter 3.3
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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 = existing only for a short time
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1st useChapter 4.2
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lethargic
1 use
A lethargy had come upon him at times.
lethargy = lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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1st useChapter 6.1
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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)
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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obsequious
1 use
Svidrigailov had not been a week in Petersburg, but everything about him was already, so to speak, on a patriarchal footing; the waiter, Philip, was by now an old friend and very obsequious.
obsequious = eager to serve
DefinitionGenerally obsequious means:
excessively eager to flatter or serve
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1st useChapter 6.3
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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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prudent
5 uses
his vanity overcame his prudence.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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1st useChapter 1.3
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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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sedentary
1 use
I'm always sitting and so glad to be moving about for five minutes... I suffer from my sedentary life...
sedentary = inactive (requiring sitting or little activity)
DefinitionGenerally sedentary means:
requiring sitting or little activity
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1st useChapter 4.5
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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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trepidation
1 use
When he reached the turning into the street, in an agony of trepidation he looked down it... at the house... and at once averted his eyes.
trepidation = fear or anxiety
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
fear or anxiety about what will happen
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1st useChapter 2.1
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