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adulation
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I asked, imagining the sneers and the laughter, the adulation of the toadies, the scepticism of the professional poet.†
adulation = much admiration and praise
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aesthetic
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Vernon Lee's books on aesthetics
aesthetics = the study of what is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Age of Reason
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And when the age of faith was over and the age of reason had come, still the same flow of gold and silver went on; fellowships were founded; lectureships endowed; only the gold and silver flowed now, not from the coffers of the king.†
Age of Reason = a movement in the 17th century that advocated the use of reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social institutions — especially in Britain, France, & Germany
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anodyne
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So, with a sigh, because novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand, I settled down with a notebook and a pencil to make what I could of Mary Carmichael's first novel, LIFE'S ADVENTURE.†
anodyne = something soothing, comforting or mild so as not to upset
DefinitionGenerally anodyne means:
a medicine used to relieve pain

or:

something soothing, comforting or mild so as not to upset
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benevolent
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a man of cultivated taste and many accomplishments, was benevolent and bountiful, but...
benevolent = kind and generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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brevity
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And if I could not grasp the truth about W. (as for brevity's sake I had come to call her) in the past, why bother about W. in the future?†
brevity = the use of just a few words; or lasting a short time
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censure
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The employment, which was thus censured, was, as far as one can see, the harmless one of...
censured = criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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conciliatory
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she was saying this by way of aggression, or that by way of conciliation.
conciliation = action intended to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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fastidious
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She had broken up Jane Austen's sentence, and thus given me no chance of pluming myself upon my impeccable taste, my fastidious ear.
fastidious = tasteful and detail-noticing

(editor's note:  pluming is a way of saying that she would feel self-satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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indifferent
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The indifference of the world which Keats and Flaubert and other men of genius have found so hard to bear was...
indifference = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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inevitable
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And the novels, without meaning to, inevitably lie.
inevitably = with certainty that it will happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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innate
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By feeling that one has some innate superiority—it may be wealth, or rank, a straight nose, or...
innate = present at birth or existing as a quality inseparable (in this case, from oneself)
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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minuteness
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1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Otherwise you would not be here tonight, and your chance of earning five hundred pounds a year, precarious as I am afraid that it still is, would be minute in the extreme.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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notorious
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Further, accentuating all these difficulties and making them harder to bear is the world's notorious indifference.
notorious = well known for something bad
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persistent
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They alone were deaf to that persistent voice ... admonishing them, if they would be good and win, as I suppose, some shiny prize, to keep within certain limits which the gentleman in question thinks suitable—
persistent = continuing despite opposition
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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pious
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We may all join in that pious hope, but it is doubtful whether...
pious = highly moral
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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propitious
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But what is the state of mind that is most propitious to the act of creation?†
propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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reprehensible
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we burst out in scorn at the reprehensible poverty of our sex.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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revere
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and, shutting the book even with a kind of reverence as if it were something very precious,
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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scrupulous
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It does not care whether Flaubert finds the right word or whether Carlyle scrupulously verifies this or that fact.
scrupulously = diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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