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aesthetic
1 use
Kosmos Who includes diversity and is Nature, ... Who holds duly his or her triune proportion of realism, spiritualism, and of the aesthetic or intellectual, Who ...
aesthetic = sense of what is beautiful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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apathy
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alike in their apathy
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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arbitration
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...the peace-talk with the Iroquois the aborigines, the calumet, the pipe of good-will, arbitration, and indorsement,
arbitration = the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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candid
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
your candid opinion
fear not, be candid
candid = honest and direct
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capricious
7 uses
Thy unsubduedness, caprices, wilfulness
caprices = impulsive acts
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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complacent
1 use
Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am,
Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary,
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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conciliatory
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extoller of hate and conciliation, Extoller of armies and those that sleep in each others' arms.
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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countervail
3 uses
There can be any number of supremes—one does not countervail another any more than one eyesight countervails another, or one life countervails another.
countervails = neutralizes
DefinitionGenerally countervail means:
to counterbalance, or oppose (the effects of something)—often in such a manner that the effects being opposed are neutralized (made ineffective)
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credulous
2 uses
I am the credulous man
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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diversity
5 uses
Making its cities, beginnings, events, diversities, wars, vocal in him,
diversities = varieties
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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emulate
2 uses
I swear there is no greatness or power that does not emulate those of the earth,
emulate = imitate
DefinitionGenerally emulate means:
imitate (copy)
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guile
3 uses
Forth from their masks, ... from craft and guile and...
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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indolent
3 uses
I dab with bare feet, they are lick'd by the indolent waves,
indolent = slow and lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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novel
1 use
I candidly confess a queer, queer race, of novel fashion,
And yet the same old human race, the same within, without,
Faces and hearts the same, feelings the same, yearnings the same,
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Othello
1 use
  Had I the choice to tally greatest bards,
  To limn their portraits, stately, beautiful, and emulate at will,
  Homer with all his wars and warriors—Hector, Achilles, Ajax,
  Or Shakespeare's woe-entangled Hamlet, Lear, Othello—Tennyson's fair ladies,
  Metre or wit the best, or choice conceit to wield in perfect rhyme, delight of singers;
  These, these, O sea, all these I'd gladly barter,
  Would you the undulation of one wave, its trick to me transfer,
  Or breathe one breath of yours upon my verse,
  And leave its odor there.
Othello = Shakespeare's tragedy of betrayal and jealousy
DefinitionGenerally Othello means:
Shakespeare's tragedy of betrayal and jealousy (c. 1604)
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pious
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Something far away from a puny and pious life!
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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rectify
1 use
Did you guess the celestial laws are yet to be work'd over and rectified?
rectified = corrected or made right
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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strata
6 uses
  Densities, growth, facades,
  Strata of mountains, soils, rocks, giant trees,
  Far-born, far-dying, living long, to leave,
  Eidolons everlasting.
strata = layers
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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succession   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a succession of events
  The interminable hordes of the ignorant and wicked are not nothing,
  The barbarians of Africa and Asia are not nothing,
  The perpetual successions of shallow people are not nothing as they go.†
successions = series (one group after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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2  —2 uses as in:
presidential line of succession
I see the spots of the successions of priests on the earth, oracles, sacrificers, brahmins, sabians, llamas, monks, muftis, exhorters,†
successions = people taking over the job or position of those who were there before them
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
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