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ascetic
1 use
the asceticism that deadens the senses
asceticism = self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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blasphemy
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This is blasphemy, Dorian!
blasphemy = disrespectful of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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calumny
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Of such insolences and attempted slights he, of course, took no notice, and in the opinion of most people his frank debonair manner, his charming boyish smile, and the infinite grace of that wonderful youth that seemed never to leave him, were in themselves a sufficient answer to the calumnies (for so they called them) that were circulated about him.
calumnies = false accusations against a person
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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censure
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Women who had wildly adored him, and for his sake had braved all social censure and set convention at defiance, were seen to grow pallid with shame or horror if Dorian Gray entered the room.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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consummate
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She has not merely art, consummate art-instinct, in her, but she has personality also; and you have often told me that it is personalities, not principles, that move the age.
consummate = outstanding (perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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doleful
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...and a huge cylindrical drum, covered with the skins of great serpents, like the one that Bernal Diaz saw when he went with Cortes into the Mexican temple, and of whose doleful sound he has left us so vivid a description.
doleful = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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enmity
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"You don't understand what friendship is, Harry," he murmured,—"or what enmity is, for that matter."
enmity = hatred between enemies
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flaccid
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The cheeks would become hollow or flaccid.
flaccid = lacking in firmness or strength
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hedonist
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A new hedonism,—that is what our century wants.
hedonism = philosophy that people should be most motivated by sensual pleasures
DefinitionGenerally hedonist means:
someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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illustrate
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1  —1 use as in:
an illustrated children's book
So the lad was looking rather sulky, as with listless fingers he turned over the pages of an elaborately-illustrated edition of "Manon Lescaut" that he had found in one of the bookcases.†
illustrated = accompanied by pictures
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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indifferent
11 uses
The next time he calls, you will be perfectly cold and indifferent.
indifferent = 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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infinite
12 uses
In Dorian's there was infinite pity.
infinite = unlimited (immeasurable)
DefinitionGenerally infinite means:
unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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lethargic
1 use
What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or the lack of imagination.
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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minuteness
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1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
He would examine with minute care, and often with a monstrous and terrible delight, the hideous lines that seared the wrinkling forehead or crawled around the heavy sensual mouth, wondering sometimes which were the more horrible, the signs of sin or the signs of age.†
minute = detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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obscure
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1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
The style in which it was written was that curious jewelled style, vivid and obscure at once, full of argot and of archaisms, of technical expressions and of elaborate paraphrases, that characterises the work of some of the finest artists of the French school of Symbolistes.
obscure = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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obsequious
1 use
The elaborate character of the frame had made the picture extremely bulky, and now and then, in spite of the obsequious protests of Mr. Ashton, who had a true tradesman's dislike of seeing a gentleman doing anything useful, Dorian put his hand to it so as to help them.
obsequious = excessively eager to serve
DefinitionGenerally obsequious means:
excessively eager to flatter or serve
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penitent
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"I am in Lady Agatha's black books at present," answered Dorian, with a funny look of penitence.
penitence = 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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petulant
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"I don't want a life-sized portrait of myself," answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner.
petulant = unreasonably upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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sanguine
1 use
to find his way through the sanguine labyrinth of passion through which he was wandering.
sanguine = optimistic and cheerful
DefinitionGenerally sanguine means:
confidently optimistic and cheerful
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stagnate
2 uses
And what an utter intellectual stagnation it reveals!
stagnation = lack of development
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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