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acquiesce
3 uses
If here and there he was dissatisfied or puzzled, he must acquiesce; she was choosing the better part.
acquiesce = comply or accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 12
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apathy
2 uses
but he was apathetic and dilatory.
apathetic = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 9
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ascetic
2 uses
For all his culture, Cecil was an ascetic at heart, and nothing in his love became him like the leaving of it.
ascetic = someone who practices self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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1st useChapter 8
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censure
5 uses
I will hear no breath of censure against our dear Queen.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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1st useChapter 15
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complacent
3 uses
Lucy was recalled to her manners, and after a little exertion the complacency of Mr. Eager was restored.
complacency = contentment  (unworried happiness)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
A look of contempt came over him, and he said, "Why not?"
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 16
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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 = very bad (deserving no respect)
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diligent
2 uses
and on the river was a boat, also diligently employed for some mysterious end.
diligently = conscientiously (with care and hard work)
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 2
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disdain
3 uses
She walked about disdainfully, unwilling to be enthusiastic over...
disdainfully = with a lack of respect (as though the circumstances were beneath her)
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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eccentric
2 uses
month after month she became more eccentric and unreliable.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 19
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engender
1 use
and movement may engender shadow.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Florence
54 uses
The scene is laid in Florence.
Florence = city in central Italy that was the center of the Italian Renaissance from 14th to 16th centuries; provincial capital of Tuscany
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furtive
2 uses
She had imagined a young Mr. Emerson, who might be shy ... or furtively impudent.
furtively = slyly (taking pains to avoid being observed)
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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1st useChapter 13
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
the death of that obscure Italian...
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 15
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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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pious
3 uses
Their pleasantry and their piety show cracks, their wit becomes cynicism, their unselfishness hypocrisy;
piety = high morals
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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1st useChapter 15
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reticent
3 uses
Eleanor was a reticent woman at heart.
reticent = reluctant to speak freely or show feelings
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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1st useChapter 8
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revere
4 uses
For he believed that women revere men for their manliness.
revere = regard with 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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1st useChapter 17
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superficial
4 uses
Yet in their heart of hearts they are—how superficial!
superficial = shallow (relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating)
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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1st useChapter 6
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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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1st useChapter 2
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