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Crime and Punishment

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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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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candid
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
your candid opinion
tell me your candid opinion
candid = honest and straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.3
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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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book10 uses
Library8 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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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
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1st useChapter 6.4
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disillusion
3 uses
Then all of a sudden she would be disillusioned and would rudely and contemptuously repulse the person she had only a few hours before been literally adoring.
disillusioned = disappointed from losing false belief that something is better than it is
DefinitionGenerally disillusion means:
disappoint by removal of false belief that something is better than it is
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.2
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
He promptly put himself at Katerina Ivanovna's disposal and had been all that morning and all the day before running about as fast as his legs could carry him, and very anxious that everyone should be aware of it.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.2
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dissent
2 uses
You wrote this to make dissension between me and my family,
dissension = disagreement

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library25 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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.2
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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)
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Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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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
Library6 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
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Book21 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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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
Library12 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
Library9 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 — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book16 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
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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wretch
13 uses
And can you love such a mean wretch?
wretch = a person of bad character
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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