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ameliorate
2 uses
I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone; she (supported in this likewise by her relations) resented my endeavours.
ameliorate = to improve — especially a bad situation
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1st useChapter 1.1
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capricious
5 uses
It is better to be torn to pieces at a spring, than to be a mouse at the caprice of such a cat.
caprice = impulsiveness (and resultant unpredictability)
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 2.14
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complacent
8 uses
observed Miss Fanny, glancing complacently at herself
complacently = in a satisfied manner
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 1.7
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conciliatory
7 uses
I perceived (here was the first disadvantage of not being a fool) that they conciliated me in an insolent pity, and in a sense of superiority.
conciliated = attempted to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 1.26
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credulous
3 uses
Oh, Mr Clennam, can you really be so credulous?
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 1.2
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deride
3 uses
Derisive laughter and cheering from...
derisive = treating as inferior and unworthy of respect (often with mocking)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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1st useChapter 1.33
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deter
2 uses
Mr Clennam won't be deterred by...
deterred = stopped, discouraged, or prevented
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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1st useChapter 1.10
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didactic
1 use
He was sententious and didactic that night.
didactic = excessively inclined to instruct

(editor's note:  Sententious can mean various related things depending upon  the context. In this case, it probably means that he offered moral instruction—probably in a pompous manner.)
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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1st useChapter 2.15
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diligent
6 uses
I have found him in every way so diligent, so grateful (for little enough), and so trustworthy...
diligent = hard-working and careful
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 1.33
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
discordant church bells
discordant = unpleasant sounding together
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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1st useChapter 1.1
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disparage
12 uses
I have heard disparagement, in connection with a French jail and an accusation of murder.
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 1.2
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exemplar
1 use
it was not in itself a jewel of benevolence or wisdom, yet he made it an exemplar of both that one would have liked to have a copy of.
exemplar = an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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1st useChapter 2.23
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extol
3 uses
Arthur, not being in the mood to extol the memory of the deceased, was silent.
extol = praise or honor
DefinitionGenerally extol means:
praise, glorify, or honor
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1st useChapter 2.7
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forbearance
9 uses
"You must have great patience," said Arthur Clennam, looking at him with some wonder, "great forbearance."
forbearance = patience, tolerance, or self-control
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useChapter 1.10
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lucid
5 uses
Mr Plornish ... considered, found himself unequal to the task of lucid explanation, and appealing to his wife, said, "Sally, you may as well mention how it was, old woman."
lucid = explaining clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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1st useChapter 1.12
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ostentatious
3 uses
not demonstrative or ostentatious, but thoroughly sound and practical
ostentatious = 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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1st useChapter 1.34
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philanthropy
14 uses
She also stumbled, with a large balance of success against her failures, through various philanthropic recommendations...
philanthropic = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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1st useChapter 2.9
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reprehensible
1 use
...they had for some time expected the earth to open and swallow the public up; but which desirable event had not yet occurred, in consequence of some reprehensible laxity in the arrangements of the Universe.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 1.26
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reticent
3 uses
In short, Mr Blandois found that to pour port wine into the reticent Flintwinch was, not to open him but to shut him up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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1st useChapter 1.30
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taint
4 uses
A prison taint was on everything there.
taint = contamination (making it undesirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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1st useChapter 1.35
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