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adroit
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In three years he had gone off considerably, though he was still rather handsome and adroit.†
adroit = skillful
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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affectation
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I bet you think I am writing all this from affectation, to be witty at the expense of men of action; and what is more, that from ill-bred affectation, I am clanking a sword like my officer.†
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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altercation
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We have met here, a company of friends, for a farewell dinner to a comrade and you carry on an altercation," said Trudolyubov, rudely addressing himself to me alone.†
altercation = a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
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anachronism
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Only fancy, this was two years after his insult to me, and my challenge would have been a ridiculous anachronism, in spite of all the ingenuity of my letter in disguising and explaining away the anachronism.†
anachronism = something out of place for it's time - typically something that belongs in the past
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antithesis
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And I am the more persuaded of that suspicion, if one can call it so, by the fact that if you take, for instance, the antithesis of the normal man, that is, the man of acute consciousness, who has come, of course, not out of the lap of nature but out of a retort (this is almost mysticism, gentlemen, but I suspect this, too), this retort-made man is sometimes so nonplussed in the presence of his antithesis that with all his exaggerated consciousness he genuinely thinks of himself as a...†
antithesis = exact opposite
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arbiter
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Apart from the one fundamental nastiness the luckless mouse succeeds in creating around it so many other nastinesses in the form of doubts and questions, adds to the one question so many unsettled questions that there inevitably works up around it a sort of fatal brew, a stinking mess, made up of its doubts, emotions, and of the contempt spat upon it by the direct men of action who stand solemnly about it as judges and arbitrators, laughing at it till their healthy sides ache.†
arbitrators = someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation

or:

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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askance
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Apollon, who had already sat down to his work and put on his spectacles again, at first glanced askance at the money without speaking or putting down his needle; then, without paying the slightest attention to me or making any answer, he went on busying himself with his needle, which he had not yet threaded.†
askance = with disapproval or distrust; or directed to one side
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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belabor
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He may hit me on the head and they may belabour me from behind.†
belabour = to keep talking about something more than is necessary
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circumspect
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He shook hands with me in a friendly, but not over-friendly, fashion, with a sort of circumspect courtesy like that of a General, as though in giving me his hand he were warding off something.†
circumspect = thoughtful of all circumstances and consequences
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corpulent
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One could see that by the time he was thirty he would be corpulent.†
corpulent = excessive body fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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credulous
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But can you really be so credulous as to think that I will print all this and give it to you to read too?†
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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digress
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But here let me make a digression.†
digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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edify
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All human actions will then, of course, be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and entered in an index; or, better still, there would be published certain edifying works of the nature of encyclopaedic lexicons, in which everything will be so clearly calculated and explained that there will be no more incidents or adventures in the world.†
edifying = instructive
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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expound
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I was already longing to expound the cherished ideas I had brooded over in my corner.†
expound = explain or discuss in detail
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gist
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I knew that she would perhaps be muddled and not take it all in exactly, but I knew, too, that she would grasp the gist of it, very well indeed.†
gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
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ignoble
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But I could not endure their taunts; I could not give in to them with the ignoble readiness with which they gave in to one another.†
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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integral
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I could not live in furnished lodgings: my lodging was my private solitude, my shell, my cave, in which I concealed myself from all mankind, and Apollon seemed to me, for some reason, an integral part of that flat, and for seven years I could not turn him away.†
integral = an essential part or characteristic
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magnanimous
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Finally, even if I had wanted to be anything but magnanimous, had desired on the contrary to revenge myself on my assailant, I could not have revenged myself on any one for anything because I should certainly never have made up my mind to do anything, even if I had been able to.†
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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remuneration
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And the remuneration?†
remuneration = payment
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subjugate
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But I could not subjugate all of them; my friend was not at all like them either, he was, in fact, a rare exception.†
subjugate = force into submission
DefinitionGenerally subjugate means:
to force into submission — in various senses such as:
  • when a people are defeated in battle and oppressed
  • when someone treats their own feelings as less important than other considerations
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