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Anna Karenina

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apathy
3 uses
"It's our Russian apathy," said Vronsky, pouring water from an iced decanter into a delicate glass on a high stem; "we've no sense of the duties our privileges impose upon us, and so we refuse to recognize these duties."
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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arbitration
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...he maintains, for instance, that district councils and arbitration boards are all of no use, and he is unwilling to take part in anything.
arbitration = regarding the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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capricious
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The family cannot be broken up by a whim, a caprice, or even by the sin of one of the partners in the marriage,
caprice = an impulsive act
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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censure
3 uses
Everyone had something to say in censure or ridicule of the luckless Madame Maltishtcheva,
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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conciliatory
2 uses
as Vronsky described how the government clerk, after subsiding for a while, would suddenly flare up again, as he recalled the details, and how Vronsky, at the last half word of conciliation, skillfully maneuvered a retreat, shoving Petritsky out before him.
conciliation = actions intended to end bad feelings or build trust

(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 conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey title to the property
Am I to go to him and make a deed of conveyance?†
conveyance = transfer (of legal title)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
to give or transfer — especially legal title
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
trying to defer as long as possible the moment of...
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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dissent
4 uses
She said nothing, and shook her cropped head in dissent.
dissent = 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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duplicity
1 use
She suddenly felt ashamed of her duplicity,
duplicity = deceit
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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enigma
3 uses
Levin tried to understand him, and could not understand him, and looked at him and his life as at a living enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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guile
2 uses
"I should have some," said Levin, not without some guile, hoping Veslovsky would be tempted by the vodka, and would go away to them.
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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novel
2 uses
Several sections of this book and its introduction had appeared in periodical publications, and other parts had been read by Sergey Ivanovitch to persons of his circle, so that the leading ideas of the work could not be completely novel to the public.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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obscure
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Didn't I understand those senseless words of Fyodor's?  And understanding them, did I doubt of their truth?  Did I think them stupid, obscure, inexact?  No, I understood him, and exactly as he understands the words.
obscure = difficult to understand (in this case, because each word is used with an exact meaning that might not be used by others)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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rectify
1 use
He saw just the same thing in the socialistic books: either they were the beautiful but impracticable fantasies which had fascinated him when he was a student, or they were attempts at improving, rectifying the economic position in which Europe was placed, with which the system of land tenure in Russia had nothing in common.
rectifying = fixing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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refute
1 use
seeking arguments to refute other theories
refute = argue against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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reprehensible
2 uses
Though indeed I fail to comprehend how ... announcing your infidelity to your husband and seeing nothing reprehensible in it,
reprehensible = deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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scrupulous
2 uses
the celebrated doctor, having scrupulously washed his hands, was...
scrupulously = diligently (with extreme care)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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simile
2 uses
"How, how am I to tell you what I mean?" said Serpuhovskoy, who liked similes.
similes = expressions that highlight similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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taciturn
2 uses
And the German, roused from his taciturnity, turned to Vronsky.
taciturnity = reserve and reticence (tendency not to communicate)
DefinitionGenerally taciturn means:
with a tendency to be reserved and not to talk
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zeal
4 uses
he had in these very projects of reform been serving the Lord more zealously than before.
zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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