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aesthetic
1 use
in this attribute moral or aesthetic poverty contrasts plausibly with material, since those who suffer do not mind it, whilst those who mind it soon cease to suffer.
aesthetic = appreciation of beauty

(editor's note:  Hardy is contrasting poverty with bad morals or bad taste. He says people who are poor are unhappy and cannot change their situation. But people with bad morals or bad taste either don't mind their situation, or change themselves.)
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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1st useChapter 25-27
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anxiety
17 uses
Troy had laughed, but it was with some anxiety that he said...
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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1st useChapter 46-48
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apathy
1 use
However, one excellent result of her general apathy was the long-delayed installation of Oak as bailiff;
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 49-51
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apparent
44 uses
Apparently there was to be a thunderstorm,
apparently = appearing clear or obvious though not necessarily so
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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1st useChapter 1-3
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
It appeared that there had been a previous call which they had not noticed, for on their close approach the door of the turnpike-house opened, and the keeper came out half-dressed, with a candle in his hand.†
approach = coming
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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1st useChapter 31-33
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capricious
1 use
said Bathsheba, dropping from haughtiness to entreaty with capricious inconsequence.
capricious = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 28-30
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cease
30 uses
Gabriel ceased his rustling.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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1st useChapter 1-3
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
In those earlier days she had always nourished a secret contempt for girls who were the slaves of the first good-looking young fellow who should choose to salute them.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
The clash of discord between mood and matter here was forced painfully home to the heart;
discord = conflict (or argument)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useChapter 34-36
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earnest
23 uses
Can you jest when I am so wretchedly in earnest?
earnest = intensely serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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1st useChapter 7-9
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establish
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The manners of the inn were of the old-established type.†
established = familiar
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 1-3
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exemplar
1 use
after having been pointed out for so many years as the perfect exemplar of thriving bachelorship
exemplar = ideal example
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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1st useChapter 22-24
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
And I'm inclined to think we'd better keep quiet.
inclined = tending (with tendency)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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1st useChapter 52-54
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2  —2 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
inclining her head as she spoke in the direction of the room where Fanny lay.
inclining = angling (or bending or leaning)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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1st useChapter 22-24
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incredulous
1 use
Gabriel looked incredulous and sad, but between his moments of incredulity, relieved.
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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1st useChapter 19-21
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indifferent
23 uses
"No, indeed," said Bathsheba, with serene indifference.
indifference = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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inquire
37 uses
He merely inquired if the work was done, and, on being assured that it was, passed on again.
inquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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1st useChapter 4-6
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reticent
2 uses
the reticence of her tongue only made the loquacity of her face the more noticeable.
reticence = reluctance

(editor's note: loquacity is to be talkative)
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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1st useChapter 19-21
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revere
1 use
What Troy did was to sink upon his knees with an indefinable union of remorse and reverence upon his face,
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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1st useChapter 43-45
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sufficient
18 uses
A few months were sufficient to give him a distaste for this kind of life.
sufficient = adequate without being abundant
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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1st useChapter 22-24
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