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antecedent
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Let us put it down to his deplorable antecedents and education, if you wish.†
antecedents = something that happened previous to something else; or anything that precedes something
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celibate
2 uses
A Gothic statue implies celibacy, just as a Greek statue implies fruition, and perhaps this was what Mr. Beebe meant.†
celibacy = the state of never having sexual intercourse
DefinitionGenerally celibate means:
abstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse

or:

an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
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Constantinople
10 uses
Isn't it romance? most certainly they will go to Constantinople.†
Constantinople = the city of Byzantium was renamed to Constantinople which was renamed to Istanbul, Turkey; Constantine made it the capital of the Byzantium Empire (also known as the eastern Roman Empire) in the fourth century
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contemptible
1 use
Immediately he realized that of all the ... contemptible ways of announcing an engagement this was the worst.
contemptible = deserving no respect (worthless or of bad quality)
DefinitionGenerally contemptible means:
very bad (deserving no respect)
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contrite
1 use
But Mr. Emerson, contrite and unhappy, hurried away to apologize to...
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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deride
1 use
we deride or oppose it
deride = to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
Miss Bartlett burst into florid gratitude.
florid = elaborate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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grave
7 uses
A grave voice replied, "Hullo!"†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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hackneyed
1 use
The view thence of Florence is most beautiful—far better than the hackneyed view of Fiesole.
hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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indifferent
6 uses
a cup of coffee was upset over Lucy's figured silk, and though Lucy feigned indifference, her mother feigned nothing of the sort but dragged her indoors to have the frock treated by a sympathetic maid.
indifference = unconcern (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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innate
1 use
...full of innate sympathy...quickness to perceive good in others...vision of the brotherhood of man.
innate = an inseparable part (of her)
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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interpose
3 uses
"Perhaps as a student of human nature," interposed Miss Lavish, "like myself?"†
interposed = to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She had counted on his being petty. It would have made things easier for her. By a cruel irony she was drawing out all that was finest in his disposition.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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lucid
1 use
He chanced to be in a lucid critical mood, and would not sympathize with exaltation.
lucid = clear thinking
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
At a little distance stood Minnie and the "garden-child," a minute importation, each holding either end of a long piece of bass.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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orthodox
2 uses
Mrs. Honeychurch defended orthodoxy,
orthodoxy = a commonly accepted belief or practice
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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ostentatious
1 use
had been ostentatiously drinking his tea
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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philanthropy
1 use
And old Mrs. Butterworth the philanthropist?
philanthropist = a person who helps others — especially by donating money to worthy causes
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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transitory
2 uses
there is a Yes—a transitory Yes if you like, but a Yes.
transitory = lasting a short time
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usurp
2 uses
The ghosts were returning; they filled Italy, they were even usurping the places she had known as a child.
usurping = seizing or taking control of
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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