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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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.7
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compassion
12 uses
Mrs. Sparsit was resolved to have compassion on him, as a Victim.
compassion = sympathy for another's suffering and wanting to help
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Book12 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13
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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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.9
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earnest
15 uses
You are an affectionate, earnest, good young woman - and - and we must make that do.
earnest = sincere
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book15 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.12
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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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11
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indifferent
11 uses
I was not wholly indifferent, for I had a hope of being pleasant and useful to Tom.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book11 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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indignant
10 uses
Her indignation failed her, and she broke off sobbing.
indignation = anger at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book10 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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penitent
2 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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
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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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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.16
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resumption
24 uses
Presently, she resumed her staring round the room.
resumed = began again
DefinitionGenerally resumption means:
beginning again
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13
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sufficient
16 uses
the furniture was decent and sufficient
sufficient = adequate without being abundant
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.9
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