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capricious
8 uses
he could not sacrifice his own happiness to his father's caprice
caprice = impulsive wishes
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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censure
9 uses
he was censuring his father for the first time in his life
censuring = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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consonant   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
The naval officer spoke in a particularly sonorous, musical, and aristocratic baritone voice, pleasantly swallowing his r's and generally slurring his consonants: the voice of a man calling out to his servant, "Heah!"
consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
in consonance with
And yet it is difficult to imagine an historical character whose activity was so unswervingly directed to a single aim; and it would be difficult to imagine any aim more worthy or more consonant with the will of the whole people.†
consonant = in keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
in keeping with (or consistent with, or in harmony with)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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depravity
7 uses
He was hard alike on the lazy, the depraved, and the weak, and tried to get them expelled from the commune.
depraved = immoral
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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deride
7 uses
Napoleon was silent, still looking derisively at him and evidently not listening to him.
derisively = with treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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desist
2 uses
"Lise, I beg you to desist," said Prince Andrew still more emphatically.
desist = to not do something
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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dilatory
1 use
I am not to blame that the Minister is vacillating, a coward, dense, dilatory, and has all bad qualities.
dilatory = slow
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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1st useChapter 10
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
It would be too painful to me to think that I might be a cause of sorrow or discord in the family that has been so good to me...
discord = 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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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
diverse discordant sounds of disorder
discordant = sounds that don't sound right together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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enjoin
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
enjoined us to act
Of the three precepts of Freemasonry Pierre realized that he did not fulfill the one which enjoined every Mason to set an example of moral life, and that of the seven virtues he lacked two—morality and the love of death.
enjoined = urged or commanded
DefinitionGenerally this sense of enjoin means:
to urge or command someone to do something
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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fallacious
1 use
But the mind of man not only refuses to believe this explanation, but plainly says that this method of explanation is fallacious, because in it a weaker phenomenon is taken as the cause of a stronger.
fallacious = mistaken
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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indolent
7 uses
the view of life you mention, and which you think is the result of your own mental efforts, is the one held by the majority of people, and is the invariable fruit of pride, indolence, and ignorance.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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minuteness
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
The dispositions drawn up by Weyrother for the battle of Austerlitz were a model of perfection for that kind of composition, but still they were criticized—criticized for their very perfection, for their excessive minuteness.†
minuteness = attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
Nominally he is only an adjutant on Kutuzov's staff, but he does everything alone.†
nominally = officially (in title)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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1st useChapter 3
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novel
2 uses
Pierre was greatly surprised by his wife's view, to him a perfectly novel one, that every moment of his life belonged to her and to the family.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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philanthropy
6 uses
In regard to philanthropy, the greatest virtue of crowned heads, Napoleon also did all in his power.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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refute
8 uses
To refute him someone would have to prove to him that there is no devil, or another peasant would have to explain to him that it is not the devil but a German, who moves the locomotive.
refute = disprove the argument of
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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reprehensible
2 uses
And Pierre, anxiously trying to remember whether he had done anything reprehensible, looked round with a blush.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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zeal
11 uses
When they understood that order the servants set to work at this new task with pleasure and zeal.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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