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bombastic
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they do not know how to speak to men, with false maxims, with bombastic commonplaces!
bombastic = pompous or pretentious
DefinitionGenerally bombastic means:
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words in an attempt to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
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circumscribe
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...makes the Messiah take a great pair of compasses from the armoury of heaven to circumscribe His work?
circumscribe = draw a circle around or surround
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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concise
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a conciseness which Pope toiled and sweated for, came as easy as wit to Voltaire.
conciseness = expressing much in few words
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consummate
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I find thou hast the most consummate effrontery to dare to mention so presumptuous a design!
consummate = complete or utter (having a quality to an extreme degree)

(editor's note:  Effrontery means "impolite boldness".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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denounce
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the ladies had denounced them
denounced = turned them into the authorities as criminals
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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discord
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discord amongst the group
Jealousy, discord, and fury, dwell in the convent.
discord = conflict or disagreement
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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effrontery
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I find thou hast the most consummate effrontery to dare to mention so presumptuous a design!
effrontery = impolite boldness

(editor's note:  In this context, consummate means complete or utter.)
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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heresy
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My dear, how could you take it into your head to dissect a heretic?
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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impudent
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...would you have the impudence to marry my sister who has seventy-two quarterings!
impudence = improper boldness toward someone who is considered to be of higher status
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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ingenuous
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...he gave her a most ingenuous account of everything that had befallen him since the moment of their separation.
ingenuous = direct (without trying to present events in a manner that made him look better)
DefinitionGenerally ingenuous means:
innocent as in lacking in sophistication or worldliness — especially in being direct and not masking feelings
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insipid
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Candide was very pleased with an actress who played Queen Elizabeth in a somewhat insipid tragedy
insipid = insignificant, feeble, or lacking flavor
DefinitionGenerally insipid means:
dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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intractable
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In order to render me more tractable, he brought me to this country house.
tractable = easily managed
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult in various senses:
  • of problems or disease:  difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals:  difficult to manage or control
  • of materials:  difficult to manipulate
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laudable
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The whole little society entered into this laudable design, according to their different abilities.
laudable = worthy of high praise
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officious
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...one of those busybodies who are ever alert, officious, forward, fawning, and complaisant; who watch for strangers in their passage through the capital, tell them the scandalous history of the town, and offer them pleasure at all prices.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
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pious
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pious and humane
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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precipitate
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adj as in: a precipitate decision
They did not know whether they were cries of pain or joy; but they started up precipitately with that inquietude and alarm which every little thing inspires in an unknown country.
precipitately = with great haste
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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prodigal
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He can afford to be witty ... prodigally, without saving, because he knows there is more wit where that came from.
prodigally = extravagantly (or wastefully)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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remorse
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Candide ... felt some remorse in having been unfaithful to Miss Cunegonde.
remorse = regret (for doing something that was wrong)
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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satiate
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I am so satiated with the great number of detestable books with which we are inundated that I am reduced to punting at faro.
satiated = filled to satisfaction

(editor's note:  "Punting at faro" refers to betting on a particular type of card game.)
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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virtuoso
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Candide ... commended the virtuoso on his good taste.
virtuoso = someone who is spectacularly skilled in a particular field
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