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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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affectation
1 use
I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his case.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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allude
7 uses
He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some allusion to a rat.
allusion = indirect reference

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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amiable
6 uses
He was still smiling in the most amiable manner.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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benevolent
1 use
his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and benevolent curiosity
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid.
candid = honest and direct
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conjecture
8 uses
My whole examination served to turn my conjecture into a certainty.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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1st useChapter 4
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deference
2 uses
"Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the stranger with deference.
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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diligent
1 use
You have been reading the papers diligently of late, have you not?
diligently = carefully each day
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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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for my friend and colleague.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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dubious
1 use
And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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eccentric
4 uses
After all, if these people had strange fads and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were at least ready to pay for their eccentricity.
eccentricity = unconventional or strange behavior
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair.
florid = red
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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morose
3 uses
Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent man
morose = unhappy, often withdrawn personality
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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nominal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a nominal fee
What do you call purely nominal?†
nominal = insignificantly small
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obstinate
3 uses
It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate man.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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positive
4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
He has one positive virtue.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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unquizzed meaning  —3 uses
resolute
3 uses
Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was?
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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specious
1 use
No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough.
speciously = seemingly to indicate something, but not really proving it
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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trifle
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you should be so warm over such a trifle.
trifle = something of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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vacuous
2 uses
Again a startled look came over the somewhat vacuous face of Miss Mary Sutherland.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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