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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was acquitted
Acquit me of impertinent curiosity, my dear Mrs. Bounderby.†
acquit = find innocent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
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1st useChapter 2.7
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acrimony
1 use
During the whole term of this recess from the guardianship of the Bank, Mrs. Sparsit was a pattern of consistency; continuing to take such pity on Mr. Bounderby to his face, as is rarely taken on man, and to call his portrait a Noodle to its face, with the greatest acrimony and contempt.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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1st useChapter 2.10
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benevolent
1 use
The only difference between us and the professors of virtue or benevolence, or philanthropy - never mind the name - is, that we know it is all meaningless, and say so; while they know it equally and will never say so.
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 2.7
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candid
2 uses
Candidly to confess everything that has occurred to me ... I will confide to you my doubt whether he has had many advantages.
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 2.7
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conciliatory
2 uses
From the first he had sought to conciliate that gentleman,
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 1.7
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contrite
3 uses
"And I said, Miss;" here Sissy fairly sobbed as confessing with extreme contrition to her greatest error; "I said it was nothing."
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

(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 contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 1.9
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credulous
3 uses
Master Kidderminster, grown too maturely turfy to be received by the wildest credulity as Cupid any more, had yielded to the invincible force of circumstances (and his beard), and...
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 3.7
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disparage
2 uses
don't disparage your judgment.
disparage = criticize or make seem less good
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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entreat
12 uses
Let me entreat you, for your own sake and for hers, to be more quiet.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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furtive
1 use
...having her reasons for hovering in a furtive way about the station by which a passenger would arrive from Yorkshire, and for preferring to peep into it round pillars and corners, and out of ladies' waiting-room windows, to appearing in its precincts openly.
furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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1st useChapter 2.11
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indolent
4 uses
The inattention and indolence of his manner
indolence = slowness or laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useChapter 2.8
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irascible
1 use
"What does he come here cheeking us for, then?" cried Master Kidderminster, showing a very irascible temperament.
irascible = easily angered
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metropolis
1 use
...gave chase to her patron until she found him in the metropolis; and there, majestically sweeping in upon him at his hotel in St. James's Street, exploded the combustibles with which she was charged, and blew up.
metropolis = city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
city — especially a large city that is considered important
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novel
1 use
Lastly, he was to wind them up by appearing in his favourite character of Mr. William Button, of Tooley Street, in 'the highly novel and laughable hippocomedietta of The Tailor's Journey to Brentford.'
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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1st useChapter 1.3
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obstinate
8 uses
refuses for some obstinate reason or other to say anything at all about those statements
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 2.2
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penitent
3 uses
...and then a letter, in a strange hand, saying 'he died in hospital, of fever, such a day, and died in penitence and love of you:'
penitence = expressing 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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1st useChapter 3.9
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recumbent
1 use
Accordingly, they went down to the drawing-room, where the esteemed lady with no nonsense about her, was recumbent as usual, while Sissy worked beside her.
recumbent = lying down
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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1st useChapter 1.15
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
However, as it must be done, ... so, after attempting several letters, and failing in them all, he resolved to do it by word of mouth.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.16
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2  —2 uses as in:
This committee hereby resolves...
...I propose to you on the part of the United Aggregate Tribunal, ever watchful for your welfare, ever zealous for your benefit, that this meeting does Resolve: That Stephen Blackpool, weaver, referred to in this placard, having been already solemnly disowned by the community of Coketown Hands, the same are free from the shame of his misdeeds, and...
resolve = make a decision or voice an opinion by formal group vote
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1st useChapter 2.4
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3  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
It was in vain for Bounderby to bluster or to assert himself in any of his explosive ways; Mrs. Sparsit was resolved to have compassion on him, as a Victim.
resolved = determined (having firm purpose or having firmly decided)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.16
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