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aesthetic
2 uses
To go far below the surface of this matter into the fundamental philosophy and esthetics of office-furnishing for the doctor, there are today two warring schools, the Tapestry School and the Aseptic School,
esthetics = related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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1st useChapter 8
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agitate
17 uses
For a week Martin's life had all the regularity of an escaped soldier in the enemy's country, with the same agitation
agitation = anxiety (nervousness and worry)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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1st useChapter 35
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apparent
26 uses
Apparently she was going ashore.
apparently = appearing clear or obvious though not necessarily true
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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1st useChapter 5
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belligerent
3 uses
The belligerent Martin who had carried off Leora had not thought about romance, because in his clumsy way he had been romantic.
belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 22
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complacent
1 use
Their last agitation was removed by the complacence of Mr. Tozer.
complacence = without concern — probably to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 10
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
They came out at a medical convention in Philadelphia
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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1st useChapter 2
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2  —7 uses as in:
conventional behavior
I do so hate these conventional phrases that everybody uses, don't you?
conventional = something regarded as typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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1st useChapter 5
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deride
3 uses
The county derided him.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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1st useChapter 9
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didactic
1 use
He had in three years of practice already become didactic and incredibly married; he had put on weight and infallibility; and he had learned many new things about which to be dull.
didactic = excessively inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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1st useChapter 20
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digress
1 use
He could recall nothing save the philosophy of Max Gottlieb, occasional scoldings of Angus Duer, one out of ten among Madeline Fox's digressions, and the councils of Dad Silva which was above the level of Alec Ingleblad's barber-shop.
digressions = verbal wanderings (in various directions)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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1st useChapter 16
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diligent
3 uses
with affection, diligence, and an extraordinarily heavy humor he devoted himself to the work...
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 20
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earnest
26 uses
Martin was honest and appallingly earnest, but if he had the innocence of the dove he lacked the wisdom of the serpent.
earnest = sincere
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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erudite
1 use
They bent before this tornado of erudition.
erudition = deep scholarly knowledge
DefinitionGenerally erudite means:
having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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1st useChapter 8
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fastidious
3 uses
These notes he reproduced on the blackboard, in his fastidious script, murmuring, "Gentlemen, the most important part of living is not the living but pondering upon it."
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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1st useChapter 36
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hackneyed
1 use
Sound of mating birds, sound of spring blossoms dropping in the tranquil air, the bark of sleepy dogs at midnight; who is to set them down and make them anything but hackneyed?
hackneyed = writing that befits a hack writer; i.e., writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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1st useChapter 6
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lucid
3 uses
Makes you think more lucidly.
lucidly = clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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1st useChapter 25
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I won't resign, and if you do fire me I think I'll take it to the courts,
resign = quit (in this case, from a job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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1st useChapter 24
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reticent
4 uses
But she was flustered by Angus's sleek assurance, by his homage to her eyes and wit and reticence.
reticence = reluctance
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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1st useChapter 7
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scrupulous
5 uses
I owe my city the most scrupulous performance of duty in safeguarding it against disease
scrupulous = careful and diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 27
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virulent
5 uses
investigating the mechanism of the attenuation of virulence of microorganisms.
virulence = very bad — perhaps very contagious
DefinitionGenerally virulent means:
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

or

harsh or hateful
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1st useChapter 12
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