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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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alacrity
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I proceeded in my electrical experiments with great alacrity;
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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augment
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The libraries were augmented by donations
augmented = enlarged or increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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benevolent
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yet men primarily considered that their own and their country's interest was united, and did not act from a principle of benevolence.
benevolence = generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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capacious
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...he erected the capacious and very elegant meeting-house that stands in Arch-street.
capacious = large in capacity
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censure
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his censures proceeded from good-will
censures = criticisms
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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digress
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By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be grown old. I us'd to write more methodically.
digressions = wanderings off the main topic

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...it would create such discord as might break up the company.
discord = disagreement and conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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dogmatic
4 uses
For, if you would inform, a positive and dogmatical manner in advancing your sentiments may provoke contradiction and prevent a candid attention.
dogmatical = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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establish
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
A previous question was first taken, whether a union should be established, which pass'd in the affirmative unanimously.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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fallacious
1 use
...all appearances to the contrary, such as ... being to his certain knowledge fallacious;
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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indolent
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The settlement of that province had lately been begun, but, instead of being made with hardy, industrious husbandmen, accustomed to labor, the only people fit for such an enterprise, it was with families of broken shop-keepers and other insolvent debtors, many of indolent and idle habits ... who, being set down in the woods, unqualified for clearing land, and unable to endure the hardships of a new settlement, perished in numbers, leaving many helpless children unprovided for.
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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obstinate
3 uses
obstinately persisted in manacling their deputies with...
obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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parsimonious
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... telling me, that by steady industry and a prudent parsimony I might save enough by the time I was one-and-twenty to set me up;
parsimony = reluctance to spend money
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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pious
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
He was very pious, a great attender of sermons of the best preachers
pious = religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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refute
3 uses
my friend M. le Roy, of the Royal Academy of Sciences, took up my cause and refuted him;
refuted = argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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remonstrate
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...they had plundered and stripped the inhabitants, totally ruining some poor families, besides insulting, abusing, and confining the people if they remonstrated.
remonstrated = argued in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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sagacious
2 uses
he was sensible and sagacious
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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servile
1 use
I did not, however, aim at gaining his favour by paying any servile respect to him, but, after some time, took this other method.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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sufficient
17 uses
A wager ensu'd between the two captains, to be decided when there should be sufficient wind.
sufficient = adequate without being more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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zeal
3 uses
This obscure family of ours was early in the Reformation, and continued Protestants through the reign of Queen Mary, when they were sometimes in danger of trouble on account of their zeal against popery.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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