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audacious
11 uses
a very audaciously attired young girl
audaciously = boldly and daringly
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3.1
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austere
7 uses
This brown-skinned, broad-shouldered priest, hitherto condemned to the austere virginity of the cloister, was quivering and boiling in the presence of this night scene of love and voluptuousness.
austere = self-denying
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4.2
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bourgeois
52 uses
the house, which is simple and thoroughly bourgeois
bourgeois = typical of the middle class
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits - typically used disapprovingly

or (in Marxist theory):

typical of the property-owning class
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Book52 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2.6
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capricious
12 uses
the capricious regulations regarding the public highways
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9.5
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descend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
descend the mountain
As he uttered these monstrous words, he assumed the mien of Ajax, expecting to see the lightnings descend upon his head.†
descend = come downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7.8
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.2.3
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disdain
17 uses
Down to that day, he had known only humiliation, disdain for his condition, disgust for his person.
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.7.6
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dissemble
1 use
He was a dissembling prince, but one who understood far better how to hide his troubles than his joys.
dissembling = hiding or disguising the truth
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10.5
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eclectic
1 use
A true eclectic, as it would be expressed nowadays, Gringoire was one of those firm and lofty, moderate and calm spirits, which always know how to bear themselves amid all circumstances (~stare in dimidio rerum~), and who are full of reason and of liberal philosophy, while still setting store by cardinals.
eclectic = one who selects a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
DefinitionGenerally eclectic means:
a distinctive mix of styles or ideas selected from various sources

or:  

one who selects a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.3
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edifice
98 uses
That edifice is colossal.
edifice = building
DefinitionGenerally edifice means:
a building — especially a large one

or:

a conceptual or organizational framework
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Book98 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2.2
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impetuous
4 uses
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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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.2
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incessant
29 uses
It was this fixed idea which returned incessantly, which tortured him, which ate into his brain,
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book29 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.1
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Monsieur
152 uses
I see that you agree with Monsieur de Boucicaut.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book152 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.1
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
The solemn lines of that architecture, ... the serene and pious thoughts which emanated, so to speak, from all the pores of that stone, acted upon her without her being aware of it.
pious = holy (religious)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.9.4
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recluse
52 uses
The young girl had recognized the spiteful recluse.
recluse = a person who has withdrawn from society (avoids contact with others)
DefinitionGenerally recluse means:
someone withdrawn from society (living alone and avoiding contact)
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Book52 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6.2
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sagacious
4 uses
All at once his deep-set eye assumed so sagacious and penetrating an expression, that Gringoire felt himself, so to speak, searched to the bottom of the soul by that glance.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7.2
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succession
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a succession of events
I tried all in succession.
succession = sequence (one after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.5
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venerate
2 uses
all his tribe, who hold her in singular veneration...
veneration = position of respect and reverence

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7.2
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
"Halt, rascals, and yield me that wench!" suddenly shouted in a voice of thunder, a cavalier who appeared suddenly from a neighboring square.†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.2.4
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Nevertheless, he felt that the great door was yielding.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2.6
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