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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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capacious
3 uses
adjusted his capacious waistcoat
capacious = large in capacity
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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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divert
2 uses
and wishing, though it were only for a second, to divert the vision's stony gaze from himself.
divert = to change the direction of someone's attention
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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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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fetter
1 use
"You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling.
fettered = to restrain or hinder; or a shackle for the ankles or feet
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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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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infamous
1 use
Far in this den of infamous resort, there was a low-browed, beetling shop, below a pent-house roof, where iron, old rags, bottles, bones, and greasy offal, were bought.
infamous = having an exceedingly bad reputation
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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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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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scanty
3 uses
the scanty light afforded by the old man's lamp
scanty = small in amount
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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ubiquitous
1 use
the two ubiquitous young Cratchits
ubiquitous = seeming to be present all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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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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