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consequence
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently they who assert that all is well have said a foolish thing, they should have said all is for the best.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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1st useChapter 24
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
I am afraid that this man holds our German poets in very great contempt.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 25
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demonstrate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
"It is demonstrable," said he, "that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for all being created for an end, all is necessarily for the best end."
demonstrable = capable of being proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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denounce
1 use
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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1st useChapter 16
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despair
9 uses
I fell, oppressed with fright, fatigue, horror, despair, and hunger.
despair = the feeling of having lost hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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1st useChapter 19
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
"I was in hopes," said Pangloss, "that I should reason with you a little about causes and effects, about the best of possible worlds, the origin of evil, the nature of the soul, and the pre-established harmony."†
pre-established = previously created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 28
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heresy
1 use
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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1st useChapter 28
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impudent
1 use
...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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1st useChapter 15
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incessant
1 use
the fountains of spring water ... incessantly flowing into the great squares,
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 18
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indifferent
3 uses
He received the two travellers with polite indifference
indifference = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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1st useChapter 17
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ingenious
1 use
Their departure, with the ingenious manner in which they and their sheep were hoisted over the mountains, was a splendid spectacle.
ingenious = inventive and skillful
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing inventiveness and skill
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1st useChapter 18
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innate
1 use
he is a man that does not believe in innate ideas
innate = present at birth or existing as an inseparable part of being human
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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1st useChapter 22
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languish
1 use
I sometimes make my Parisian lovers languish for fifteen days, but I give myself to you the first night because one must do the honours of one's country to a young man from Westphalia.
languish = to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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1st useChapter 22
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lethargic
1 use
This discourse gave rise to new reflections, and Martin especially concluded that man was born to live either in a state of distracting inquietude or of lethargic disgust.
lethargic = lacking energy

(editor's note:  inquietude is a synonym for unrest or anxiety.)
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1st useChapter 30
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precipitate
1 use
1  —1 use
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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1st useChapter 16
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reproach
1 use
"I will not suffer," said the Baron, "such meanness on her part, and such insolence on yours; I will never be reproached with this scandalous thing;"
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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1st useChapter 29
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satiate
1 use
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 a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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squander
1 use
They had soon squandered their three thousand piastres,
squandered = wasted
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
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1st useChapter 30
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sufficient
9 uses
Misfortune gives sufficient excuse.
sufficient = adequate or enough
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 25
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zeal
1 use
to what excess does religious zeal carry the ladies.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 3
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