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apathy
1 use
A few apathetic faces of judges alone could be dimly discerned.
apathetic = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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augment
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He was minded to augment his pace, but for the third time something barred his way.
augment = increase
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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complacent
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then rose and said, without exhibiting too much self-complacency at his success,—"The accused has confessed all."
complacency = satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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conciliatory
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it was not his soul which was in question, but his life (since he lacked that precious conciliator, which places itself so effectually between the bandit and the honest man—a purse).
conciliator = something that ends bad feelings
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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contrite
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Alas! my very dear brother, I should like to settle down to a better life. I come to you full of contrition, I am penitent. I make my confession.
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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depravity
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impure, and depraved pleasure
depraved = immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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diligent
2 uses
Olivier, write with diligence to M. the Marshal de Rouault:
diligence = care (carefully)
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
the musical riches of the epoch were displayed in a magnificent discord.
discord = unpleasant combination of sounds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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enigma
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seek what could have been the thought concealed beneath those enigmatic words
enigmatic = mysterious and seemingly unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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erudite
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Gringoire, without exactly understanding what the connection could be between his address and this question, was not sorry to display his erudition.
erudition = deep scholarly knowledge
DefinitionGenerally erudite means:
having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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expedient
3 uses
I have imagination; I will devise expedients for you.
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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heresy
4 uses
not a week passed which had not its counterfeiter to boil, or its witch to hang, or its heretic to burn,
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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immutable
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The general characteristics of all theocratic architecture are immutability, horror of progress, the preservation of traditional lines, the...
immutability = not subject or susceptible to change
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impetuous
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the impetuous gusts of the north wind do not make the traveler lay aside his cloak;
impetuous = sudden and unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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indolent
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Gringoire continued to advance, and had soon joined that one of the forms which dragged along most indolently, behind the others. On drawing near, he perceived that it was nothing else than a wretched legless cripple in a bowl, who was hopping along on his two hands like a wounded field-spider which has but two legs left.
indolently = slowly

(editor's note:  This is a less commonly used meaning of indolent. It is more often used to describe someone as lazy.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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lethargic
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It is certain that if the soul had not already quitted this inert, sluggish, lethargic body, it had at least retreated and concealed itself in depths whither the perceptions of the exterior organs no longer penetrated.
lethargic = lacking energy
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opulent
5 uses
that opulent cathedral, a vast reservoir where the wealth of three centuries had been piled up.
opulent = magnificent
DefinitionGenerally opulent means:
magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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provincial
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I am but a poor provincial gentleman, who removeth his shoes before entering the dwellings of the learned.
provincial = unsophisticated (from the provinces rather than the capital city)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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stoic
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The soldiers left the room with him, pushing him before them with stout thwacks, which Gringoire bore like a true stoical philosopher.
stoical = not displaying emotion
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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venerate
2 uses
all his tribe, who hold her in singular veneration...
veneration = position of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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