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Love in the Time of Cholera

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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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benevolent
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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
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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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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deride
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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)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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enigma
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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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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
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the guileless crowd that sang the national anthem
guileless = sincere — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in guileless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
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
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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
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...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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perpetrator
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Despite the tangle of clues, Florentino Ariza soon rejected the possibility that the oldest had been the perpetrator of the assault, and with as much dispatch he also absolved the youngest, who was the most beautiful and the boldest of the three.
perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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rectify
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In truth, the insults caused him no pain, and he was not concerned with rectifying the unjust accusations that could have been worse, considering Fermina Daza's character and the gravity of the cause.
rectifying = correcting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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reticent
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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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swindle
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As a last resort he had recourse to all the herbs that the Indians hawked in the public market and to all the magical specifics and Oriental potions sold in the Arcade of the Scribes, but by the time he realized that he had been swindled, he already had the tonsure of a saint.
swindled = cheated or tricked
DefinitionGenerally swindle means:
tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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vacillate
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...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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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venerate
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They greeted him with a solemnity that on this occasion had more of condolence than veneration,
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence

(editor's note:  condolence is a synonym for sympathy)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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zeal
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She insisted with so much zeal that...
zeal = energy (enthusiasm)
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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