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benevolent
3 uses
The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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caustic
1 use
said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever.
caustic = sarcastic, critical, or harsh
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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coherent
1 use
he became sensible of confused noises in the air; incoherent sounds of lamentation and regret;
incoherent = (mumblings that were) not sensible or understandable
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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condescending
1 use
and in the hall appeared the schoolmaster himself, who glared on Master Scrooge with a ferocious condescension,
condescension = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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deference
1 use
"You must have been very slow about it, Jacob," Scrooge observed, in a business-like manner, though with humility and deference.
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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despondent
1 use
Not a latent echo in the house, ... not a sigh among the leafless boughs of one despondent poplar, ... but fell upon the heart of Scrooge with a softening influence, and gave a freer passage to his tears.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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entreat
3 uses
It sought to free itself, but he was strong in his entreaty, and detained it.
entreaty = request or persuasion
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
But finding that he turned uncomfortably cold when he began to wonder which of his curtains this new spectre would draw back, he put them every one aside with his own hands; and lying down again, established a sharp look-out all round the bed.†
established = began
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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heresy
1 use
It would have been flat heresy to do so.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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incessant
2 uses
ages of incessant labour by immortal creatures
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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inquire
7 uses
No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge.
inquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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morose
1 use
What reason have you to be morose?
morose = unhappy
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything, one might have thought that Nature lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale.
obscuring = making less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
They left the busy scene, and went into an obscure part of the town, where Scrooge had never penetrated before,
obscure = not known to many people and undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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penitent
1 use
Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.
penitence = remorse (sorrow) for misdeeds
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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prodigious
1 use
in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore
prodigiously = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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remonstrate
1 use
"I am a mortal," Scrooge remonstrated, "and liable to fall."
remonstrated = argued in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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resolute
1 use
I am sorry, with all my heart, to find you so resolute.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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venerate
1 use
...the veneration due to its sacred name and origin,
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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zeal
1 use
said Mrs. Cratchit, kissing her a dozen times, and taking off her shawl and bonnet for her with officious zeal.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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