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Nicholas Nickleby

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acrimony
2 uses
The sarcastic tone of this reply might have provoked a rather acrimonious retort from Miss Squeers, who, besides being of a constitutionally vicious temper—aggravated, just now, by travel and recent jolting—was somewhat irritated by old recollections and the failure of her own designs upon Mr Browdie;
acrimonious = angry
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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1st useChapter 39
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
You are candid, honest, open-hearted, fair-dealing men!
candid = honest and straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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capricious
3 uses
If any caprice of temper should induce him to cast aside this golden opportunity before he has brought it to perfection, I consider myself absolved from extending any assistance to his mother and sister.
caprice = impulsiveness
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 28
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complacent
17 uses
Having settled the question in this way, and being most complacently satisfied that in this, and in all other instances, her conjecture could not fail to be the right one, Mrs Nickleby dismissed it from her thoughts, and inwardly congratulated herself on being so shrewd and knowing.
complacently = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
I will not defer it for an hour.
defer = postpone (delay)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 53
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denounce
3 uses
I denounce this person as a liar, and impeach him as a coward.
denounce = to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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1st useChapter 18
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depravity
3 uses
Both utterly heartless, both men upon town, both thoroughly initiated in its worst vices, both deeply in debt, both fallen from some higher estate, both addicted to every depravity for which society can find some genteel name
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 50
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deride
4 uses
He heard his sister's sufferings derided,
derided = disrespected (as though of no importance)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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1st useChapter 45
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deter
4 uses
'I have considered others,' rejoined Nicholas; 'but as honesty and honour are both at issue, nothing shall deter me.'
deter = discourage an action
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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1st useChapter 40
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disparage
1 use
It is no disparagement to Nicholas to say, that before he had been closeted with the two brothers ten minutes, he could only wave his hand at every fresh expression of kindness and sympathy, and sob like a little child.
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dissemble
1 use
When Mr Lenville in a sudden burst of passion called the emperor a miscreant, and then biting his glove, said, 'But I must dissemble,' instead of looking gloomily at the boards and so waiting for his cue, as is proper in such cases, he kept his eye fixed upon the London manager.
dissemble = hide or disguise the truth
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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expedient
8 uses
So many times did he peruse and re-peruse it, that Newman considered it expedient to remind him of his presence.
expedient = practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 2
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fastidious
5 uses
the fastidious lady, who seemed desperately apprehensive that he was going to relate something improper,
fastidious = excessively concerned with matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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1st useChapter 5
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refute
2 uses
Newman pointed to the empty glass, as though it were a sufficient refutation of the charge,
refutation = evidence or argument that something is false

(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 refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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remonstrate
28 uses
She might object, remonstrate, shed tears, talk of his being too old, and plead that her life would be rendered miserable.
remonstrate = argue, complain, or criticize
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1st useChapter 35
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scrupulous
10 uses
I will perform the double duty that is imposed upon me most scrupulously and strictly.
scrupulously = carefully ethical and/or diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 21
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simile
1 use
'Unless he was dashed into such little pieces that they blew away, he wasn't hurt, for he went off as quiet and comfortable as—as—as demnition,' said Mr Mantalini, rather at a loss for a simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds

(editor's note:  Demnition is a rare and archaic word rarely worth learning, but you might like to know that in this context it is used to express annoyance. Specifically, it is a euphamism for damnation which the speaker avoided because it is considered a swear word.)
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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speculative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative look or mind
Not being of a very speculative character, however, save under circumstances when her speculations could be put into words and uttered aloud, that discreet matron attributed the emotion to the circumstance of her daughter's not happening to have her best frock on: 'though I never saw her look better, certainly,' she reflected at the same time.
speculative = deep-thinking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
showing, engaged in, or having a tendency of curiosity or deep thought
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1st useChapter 49
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succession
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a succession of events
Her anger, rage, and vexation; the rapid succession of bitter and passionate feelings that whirled through her mind; are not to be described.
succession = sequence (one after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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1st useChapter 8
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zeal
4 uses
nothing damped the zeal of Nicholas in the service of his kind patrons
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 40
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