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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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candid
9 uses
tell me your candid opinion
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.3
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contempt
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man's heart, that, in spite of all the fastidiousness of youth, he minded his rags least of all in the street.
contempt = intense dislike and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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delirium
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
it's simply the weakness of fever, a moment's delirium,
delirium = state of mental confusion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delirium means:
a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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despair
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
she felt despair
And she wrung her hands in despair.
despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.2
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direct
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
But anyway I like a direct question.†
direct = straightforward (open and honest even if it makes someone uncomfortable)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6.3
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
it leads to a discord, and that leads to trouble.
discord = disagreement or conflict
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6.4
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The community is established that there should be no such roles.†
established = set up so
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book2 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
It is true, this was not clearly established, the information was given by another German woman of loose character whose word could not be trusted; no statement was actually made to the police, thanks to Marfa Petrovna's money and exertions; it did not get beyond gossip.†
established = proven or demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.2
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fastidious
1 use
But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man's heart, that, in spite of all the fastidiousness of youth, he minded his rags least of all in the street.
fastidiousness = concern with matters of taste

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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haughty
17 uses
A haughty smile appeared on his lips.
haughty = arrogant or condescending; i.e., acting superior or self-important
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
...and suddenly Porfiry Petrovitch looked with obvious irony at him, screwing up his eyes and, as it were, winking at him.
irony = saying one thing while meaning something else
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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loathe
21 uses
you are living in this filth which you loathe so,
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.2
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peasant
34 uses
But you know, peasants live there, real rude Russian peasants.
peasants = a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock (used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country)
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book34 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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perplex
17 uses
He vividly recalled those old doubts and perplexities,
perplexities = things that confuse
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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reproach
16 uses
She made haste to smile, afraid that he might not like the reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.4
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resolute
16 uses
During all this period Razumihin wore an air of resolute determination.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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