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A Passage to India
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capricious
2 uses
They came at irregular intervals and moved capriciously.
capriciously = unpredictably
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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contrite
1 use
She had experienced it twice herself, during her own engagements—this vague contrition and doubt.
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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deter
2 uses
He knew where the oars were—hidden to deter the visitors from going out
deter = discourage an action
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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efficacious
1 use
...yet she had never found it less efficacious.
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The atmosphere of a sick-room was at once re-established, and the invalid retired under his quilt.†
re-established = restored
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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incredulous
1 use
McBryde gave a faint, incredulous smile, and started rummaging in the drawer.
incredulous = unbelieving
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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indifferent
14 uses
"Perhaps I ought to," said the girl, indifferent to what she did, but desirous of being amiable.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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inevitable
7 uses
Conviction was inevitable;
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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inquire
29 uses
"Who was he?" Ronny enquired.
enquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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insidious
1 use
...all the same she knew that she had come up against something that was both insidious and tough, and against which she needed allies.
insidious = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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insipid
3 uses
Though the vision was over, and she had returned to the insipidity of the world, she remembered what she had learnt.
insipidity = insignificance or lack of flavor
DefinitionGenerally insipid means:
dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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obsequious
1 use
Although Sir Gilbert had been courteous, almost obsequious, the fabric he represented had in no wise bowed its head.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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philanthropy
1 use
The Nawab Bahadur was a big proprietor and a philanthropist, a man of benevolence and decision.
philanthropist = someone 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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querulous
1 use
The flame that not even beauty can nourish was springing up, and though his words were querulous his heart began to glow secretly.
querulous = full of complaint
DefinitionGenerally querulous means:
habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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reticent
1 use
She was afraid of reticence, in case something that she herself did not perceive took shape beneath it,
reticence = reluctance to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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revere
3 uses
Consider, with all reverence, the monkeys. ...the mercy of God, being infinite, may well embrace all mammals.
reverence = deep respect
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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scrupulous
1 use
He wanted to avenge Miss Quested and punish Fielding, while remaining scrupulously fair.
scrupulously = very careful to be ethically
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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servile
1 use
When he turned into Major Callendar's compound he could with difficulty restrain himself from getting down from the tonga and approaching the bungalow on foot, and this not because his soul was servile but because his feelings—the sensitive edges of him— feared a gross snub.
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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spurious
2 uses
Each was too proud to increase the pressure, but neither withdrew it, and a spurious unity descended on them, as local and temporary as the gleam that inhabits a firefly.
spurious = false; or not genuine
DefinitionGenerally spurious means:
false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
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zeal
1 use
The zeal for honesty
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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