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abstract
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
abstract thought
Peter Keating had never felt the need to formulate abstract convictions.
abstract = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.8
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aesthetic
15 uses
I am not in the habit of asking for the esthetic opinions of my draftsmen.
esthetic = opinions 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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Book15 uses
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1st useChapter 4.7
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alternative
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
an alternative plan
In which case, the name of another architect, one Gordon L. Prescott, has been mentioned most favorably as an alternative.
alternative = someone available as another possibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.10
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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
Wynand thought that this was the way he liked to apprehend space and time: through the power of his yacht, through the tan of Roark's skin or the sunbrown of his own arms folded before him on the rail.†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.19
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ascetic
3 uses
Then she did not want him to stop or glance at her, because she wanted to watch the ascetic purity of his person, the absence of all sensuality; to watch that—and to think of what she remembered.
ascetic = characteristic of someone who practices 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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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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benevolent
10 uses
He stood smiling benevolently in silence.
benevolently = kindly
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book10 uses
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1st useChapter 2.3
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Well, you see, one can make one's point best by contrast, by comparison.
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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1st useChapter 2.7
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2  —10 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Keating thought with relief that there was nothing frightening about her; there was only a disquieting contrast between her words and the candid innocence of the manner she used to utter them; he did not know which to trust.
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book10 uses
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1st useChapter 1.9
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The 'common good' of a collective—a race, a class, a state—was the claim and justification of every tyranny ever established over men.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 1.12
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
He stared at the flames, unblinking, to force himself into a complete obedience to an established truth.†
established = known
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st useChapter 3.2
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fastidious
15 uses
He looked like a drawing from a men's magazine, fastidiously groomed, a white handkerchief in the breast pocket of his dark suit.
fastidiously = with 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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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.7
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inflexible
2 uses
Her body, sagging limply from her shoulders, contradicted the inflexible precision of the legs; the cold austerity of her face contradicted the pose of her body.
inflexible = unbending (uncompromising)
DefinitionGenerally inflexible means:
not bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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1st useChapter 1.12
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
Were I still in Hell's Kitchen, I would have begun this interview by saying: Listen, louse!—but since I am an inhibited capitalist, I shall not do so.†
inhibited = restricted in actions (by law and propriety)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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1st useChapter 4.4
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insolent
26 uses
You'd better not be insolent. I can have you fired at a moment's notice, you know.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
he took it as an insult to his journalistic integrity
integrity = honesty and other moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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1st useChapter 3.1
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philanthropy
5 uses
EARLY IN May, Peter Keating departed for Washington, to supervise the construction of a museum donated to the city by a great philanthropist easing his conscience.
philanthropist = someone who helps others — especially by donating money to worthy causes
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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1st useChapter 1.8
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reproach
24 uses
"I don't want you to make excuses for me." He said it simply, without reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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1st useChapter 2.9
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repudiate
1 use
I haven't asked you to repudiate it.
repudiate = strong rejection
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 4.3
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
He hoped she would resign. He could not face the thought of having to fire her.
resign = quit (from her 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 2.13
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Then he stood straight, but with a kind of quiet resignation,
resignation = look of having accepted the need to endure (suffer through) something undesired
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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1st useChapter 4.3
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