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aesthetic
1 use
He knew himself to be of a breeding altogether more esthetic and sensitive than Thompson's. He was a college graduate, he played golf, he often smoked cigarettes instead of cigars, and when he went to Chicago he took a room with a private bath.
esthetic = beautiful, tasteful, or related to beauty or taste
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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arbitration
1 use
For two weeks they studied, debated, and arbitrated the list of guests.
arbitrated = decided
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
He was supple and swift and flushed; his eyes (which he believed to be cynical) were candidly eager.
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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complacent
2 uses
In contrast to the complacent Myra he saw her as swift and air-borne and radiant, a fire-spirit tenderly stooping to the hearth
complacent = contented (satisfied and unworried)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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compulsion
3 uses
He felt a compulsion back to all the standards he had so vaguely yet so desperately been fleeing.
compulsion = a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or a force or a requirement that forces an action
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credulous
5 uses
He who had been a boy very credulous of life was no longer greatly interested in the possible and improbable adventures of each new day.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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deride
2 uses
Under this derision Babbitt became more matter-of-fact.
derision = critical disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of

(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 deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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diligent
4 uses
You remember that in the Bible about—about being diligent in the Lord's business, or something?
diligent = hard work and care
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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eccentric
2 uses
His daughter Verona eccentrically took baths in the morning, now and then.
eccentrically = unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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hackneyed
1 use
The men leaned back on their heels, put their hands in their trousers-pockets, and proclaimed their views with the booming profundity of a prosperous male repeating a thoroughly hackneyed statement about a matter of which he knows nothing whatever.
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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immodest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immodest dress
It was, he submitted, too short, too low, too immodestly thin, and much too expensive.†
immodestly = improperly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immodest means:
considered improper — especially too sexually suggestive which is typically said of clothing
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incessant
6 uses
he was angry at Eddie Swanson for the incessant family bickering.
incessant = continuously/annoyingly
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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indolent
1 use
If people had ever lived and loved here, read thrillers at midnight and lain in beautiful indolence on a Sunday morning, there were no signs of it.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
A patch of her throat had a minute roughness like the crumbs from a rubber eraser.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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philanthropy
1 use
The advertisements were truly philanthropic.
philanthropic = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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prominent
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a prominent politician
But he went more regularly to the Elks; at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon he was oratorical regarding the wickedness of strikes; and again he saw himself as a Prominent Citizen.†
prominent = well-known or important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
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scrupulous
1 use
He performed the rite scrupulously.
scrupulously = diligently or carefully
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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stoic
1 use
Every truck that made its way from the factories to the freight-stations was guarded by a policeman, trying to look stoical beside the scab driver.
stoical = not showing emotion
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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succession
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a succession of events
The ambulance whirled under the hooded carriage-entrance of the hospital, and instantly he was reduced to a zero in the nightmare succession of cork-floored halls, endless doors open on old women sitting up in bed, an elevator, the anesthetizing room, a young interne contemptuous of husbands.
succession = series (of things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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zeal
2 uses
They spoke with zeal of the coming baseball season.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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