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The Idiot

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agitate
72 uses
In spite of his apparent outward composure, he was evidently in a state of great mental agitation.
agitation = a non-calm feeling

(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 agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book72 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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anxiety
24 uses
The reason for their anxiety soon became apparent.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book24 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.5
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apparent
56 uses
His calmness, however, was more apparent than real.
apparent = professed (made to appear real even though it wasn't)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book56 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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censure
2 uses
The rest remained outside, and presently the whole crowd was censuring those who had accepted the invitation.
censuring = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.10
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complacent
1 use
an expression of complacent satisfaction
complacent = contented (unworried and happy) — often to a fault
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 2.7
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conciliatory
3 uses
Napoleon very soon lost hope of conciliating the Russians,
conciliating = attempting to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.4
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depravity
2 uses
A most depraved old gentleman,
depraved = immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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deride
1 use
When the mother died, the village parson was not ashamed to hold Marie up to public derision and shame.
derision = critical disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of

(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 deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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ephemeral
1 use
Of course, all that happened tonight was ephemeral,
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.16
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indignant
38 uses
The general flushed with indignation as he spoke.
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong

(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 indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book38 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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innate
3 uses
intellectual convictions which you, in your unexampled honesty of soul, accept unquestionably as also innate and natural and true.
innate = existing as an inseparable part of something greater
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.9
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inquire
34 uses
He sent another messenger during the night to inquire after her, and two more next morning.
inquire = ask about or look into something
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book34 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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interpret
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
He informed Muishkin that his father had lately found a new interpretation of the star called "wormwood," which fell upon the water-springs, as described in the Apocalypse.†
interpretation = understanding of meaning

(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 this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.15
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
Besides these three rooms there was another small one at the end of the passage, close to the kitchen, which was allotted to General Ivolgin, the nominal master of the house, who slept on a wide sofa, and was obliged to pass into and out of his room through the kitchen, and up or down the back stairs.†
nominal = in name, but not in reality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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portfolio
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a leather portfolio
At this moment the study door opened, and a military man, with a portfolio under his arm, came out talking loudly, and after bidding good-bye to someone inside, took his departure.
portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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repudiate
2 uses
he had repudiated the demon as he walked to the house, and his heart had been full of joy.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.5
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revere
5 uses
She then bent her head reverently, before the ikon
reverently = with feelings of deep respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.10
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torment
38 uses
Up to this moment jealousy had not been one of his torments; now it suddenly gnawed at his heart.
torments = something causing great mental suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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Book38 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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venerate
1 use
With the greatest respect... and... and veneration.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence

(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 venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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zeal
2 uses
Zeal triumphs over all.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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