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Love in the Time of Cholera
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adjacent
3 uses
The largest bell of the adjacent Cathedral resounded in the immense empty space of the house.
adjacent = nearby
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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aesthetic
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...it was pulled down many years later by art students who burned it in the Plaza of the University as a symbol of an aesthetic and a time they despised.
aesthetic = sense of beauty or tastefulness
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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assiduous
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He had to bite his tongue to keep from telling him that he had been an assiduous participant in the annual competition that had eventually interested famous poets, not only in the rest of the country but in other nations of the Caribbean as well.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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austere
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He knew that Jeremiah de Saint-Amour lived in primitive austerity and that he earned much more with his art than he needed,
austerity = a manner that lacks luxury, comfort, or anything beyond minimum requirements
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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benevolent
2 uses
The sultry weather ... seemed to belong to a more benevolent month.
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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capricious
2 uses
that city had been excluded from the itineraries of the steamboats because of the river's caprices
caprices = unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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contrite
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At five o'clock, instead of going to see her, he made a profound act of contrition before his confessor, and on the following Sunday he took Communion, his heart broken but his soul at peace.
contrition = a prayer or other action done to amend for a sin
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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deride
1 use
The street greeted them with catcalls and mockery. They were cornered, trying to escape public derision,
derision = ridicule (being made fun of; and being treated as inferior and unworthy of respect)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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enigma
7 uses
She got up very early, intrigued by the enigma of the dream,
enigma = mystery
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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ephemeral
7 uses
...contemplating with regret ... the ephemeral splendor of another afternoon that would never return.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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erudite
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The Commercial Daily, our traditional newspaper, tried to save our civic honor with an erudite and rather confused essay concerning the antiquity and cultural influence of the Chinese in the Caribbean, and the right they had earned to participate in Poetic Festivals.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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fastidious
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He was not only the city's oldest and most illustrious physician, he was also its most fastidious man.
fastidious = excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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guile
2 uses
the guileless crowd that sang the national anthem
guileless = sincere — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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mitigate
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But in time the affection of his family, the Sundays in the country, and the covetous attentions of the unmarried women of his class mitigated the bitterness of his first impression.
mitigated = made less unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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ostentatious
3 uses
It was a social event more ostentatious than emotional.
ostentatious = intended to impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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parsimonious
1 use
...underneath their propriety one could begin to detect an impatience that was never evident in the parsimonious letters of Florentino Ariza.
parsimonious = extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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perfidy
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In the days that followed she received two more unsigned letters, as perfidious as the first, but none of the three seemed to be written by the same person.
perfidious = not trustworthy
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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reticent
1 use
one of our most widespread virtues was a certain reticence concerning personal misfortune.
reticence = reluctance to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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servile
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Just the sight of her from the bathroom door was enough to revive the torture of school, the unbearable boredom of daily Mass, the terror of examinations, the servile diligence of the novices, all of that life distorted by the prism of spiritual poverty.
servile = submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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vacillate
1 use
...and there was so much vacillation as to whether their loyalties lay here or over there that they ended up mired in a...
vacillation = changing one's mind back and forth
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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