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acquiesce
3 uses
In the end she had won, and her father had acquiesced against his better judgment.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied (agreed)
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 19-20
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basilica
55 uses
Vittoria Vetra stood trembling at the foot of the basilica's sweeping stairs.
basilica = an important Roman Catholic church given certain privileges (typically architecturally similar to earlier Roman public buildings of the same name)
DefinitionGenerally basilica means:
in Roman architecture, a public building for assemblies

or:

a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges (typically architecturally similar to earlier Roman basilica)
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1st useChapter 31-32
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blasphemy
1 use
Fusing science and God is the ultimate scientific blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred (in this case, disrespect of science)
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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1st useChapter 111-112
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compulsion
2 uses
A new compulsion had ignited within him.
compulsion = a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or force or a requirement that forces an action
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1st useChapter 99-100
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conclave
69 uses
Conclaves are held by candlelight.
conclaves = confidential or secret meeting (in this case, meeting to select a pope)
DefinitionGenerally conclave means:
a confidential or secret meeting
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1st useChapter 33-34
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contrite
2 uses
"It was my fault," Rocher said, stepping forward, sounding contrite.
contrite = feeling regret for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 87-88
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decorum
3 uses
There is still a chance to preserve protocol and decorum.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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1st useChapter 85-86
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depravity
3 uses
part of the depravity of the plot
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 19-20
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despondent
1 use
But when it became evident that their son was crippled, they became despondent.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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1st useChapter 111-112
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deviate
1 use
English seemed a random deviation from their natural tongue .... and the Illuminati did nothing randomly.
deviation = change or difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deviate means:
differ or change
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1st useChapter 45-46
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dissent
1 use
...so the process was more of a three- or four-hour ritual than an actual election. Of course, last-minute dissension in the ranks could prolong the ceremony through dawn...
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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1st useChapter 37-38
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emulate
1 use
wanting to emulate the Illuminati
emulate = imitate (copy)
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1st useChapter 11-12
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guile
1 use
the Hassassin cast a long, guileless glance at the table
guileless = sincere — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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1st useChapter 107-108
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hedonist
1 use
There are far better ways to relax ... An appetite for hedonistic pleasure was something bred into him by his ancestors.
hedonistic = motivated by pleasure
DefinitionGenerally hedonist means:
someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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1st useChapter 10
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heresy
2 uses
So the church tried Galileo as a heretic,
heretic = person with unacceptable religious views
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-50
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inert
1 use
Unable to find anything more suitable, the four of them were transporting the wounded camerlegno on a narrow table, balancing the inert body between them as though on a stretcher.
inert = unmoving or unable to move
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
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1st useChapter 115-116
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innate
2 uses
Vittoria's innate intellect and curiosity...
innate = inseparable
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 17-18
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insidious
1 use
"But the demons of the past," he continued, "were demons of fire and abomination . . . they were enemies we could fight-enemies who inspired fear. Yet Satan is shrewd. As time passed, he cast off his diabolical countenance for a new face . . . the face of pure reason. Transparent and insidious..."
insidious = not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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1st useChapter 129-130
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lucid
3 uses
As lucid as he seemed, the priest was talking nonsense.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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1st useChapter 133-134
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taint
2 uses
Of course the honor was tainted somewhat by the presence of the Swiss Guards hovering outside his door.
tainted = spoiled (so it is not as desirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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