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abstract
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abstract thought
She respected her husband in the same way as she respected the General Post Office, as something large, secure and fixed; and though she knew the small number of his talents she appreciated his abstract value as a male.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

(editor's note:  This book also uses abstracted twice in a sense that is seldom seen outside of classic literature. In that sense it means "lost in thought" or "made to be lost in thought". Here is one of the examples from this book: "His imagination had so abstracted him that his name was called twice before he answered.")
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acquiesce
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who nodded her head gravely and slowly in acquiescence.
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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corroborate
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Police Sergeant Croly deposed that when he arrived he found the deceased lying on the platform apparently dead. He had the body taken to the waiting-room pending the arrival of the ambulance.
Constable 57 corroborated.
corroborated = supported (the description of events)

(editor's note:  In this context, deposed means "stated under oath in response to questions".)
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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decorum
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Even he was sensible of the decorous atmosphere and even he began to respond to the religious stimulus.
decorous = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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deride
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Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.
derided = laughed at or made fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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diligent
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All his industry and diligence thrown away!
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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disillusion
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Her interpretation of his words disillusioned him.
disillusioned = disappointed by removing false belief that something is better than it is
DefinitionGenerally disillusion means:
disappoint by removal of false belief that something is better than it is
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efface
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1  —1 use as in:
efface the memory
The little woman hoped they would have a good house. She looked out at the rain until the melancholy of the wet street effaced all the trustfulness and enthusiasm from her twisted features. Then she gave a little sigh and said:
"Ah, well! We did our best, the dear knows."
effaced = removed completely

(editor's note:  In this context, good house means large audience. Melancholy is a synonym for sadness.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing
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exemplar
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He designed to give them a word of counsel, setting before them as exemplars in the religious life those very worshippers of...
exemplars = examples — especially those represents the ideal
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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florid
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florid color
She stood up and surveyed herself in the pier-glass. The decisive expression of her great florid face satisfied her and...
florid = a reddish color

(editor's note:  Pier-glass is a synonym for mirror.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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haughty
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She tossed her head and assumed a haughty voice: "You must speak to the secretary."
haughty = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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incessant
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Through one of the broken panes I heard the rain impinge upon the earth, the fine incessant needles of water playing in the sodden beds.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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morose
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Though his eyes took note of many elements of the crowd through which he passed they did so morosely. He found trivial all that was meant to charm him and did not answer the glances which invited him to be bold. He knew that he would have to speak a great deal, to invent and to amuse and his brain and throat were too dry for such a task.
morosely = unhappily — often with a withdrawn personality
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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obstinate
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Beyond the river he saw a goods train winding out of Kingsbridge Station, like a worm with a fiery head winding through the darkness, obstinately and laboriously.
obstinately = stubbornly (unyielding)
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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orthodox
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Only sometimes, they say, he didn't preach what was quite orthodox.
orthodox = what is commonly accepted
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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penitent
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He ran as if to bring me aid. And I was penitent; for in my heart I had always despised him a little.
penitent = feeling sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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rectify
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But, with God's grace, I will rectify this and this.
rectify = correct or make right
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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scrupulous
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"He was too scrupulous always," she said.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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servile
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A shade of mockery relieved the servility of his manner.
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"There's nothing to touch a good slavey," he affirmed.
servility = submissiveness
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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timorous
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He told her that for some time he had assisted at the meetings of an Irish Socialist Party where.... The workmen's discussions, he said, were too timorous;
timorous = timid (fearful)
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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