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The Prince and The Pauper
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augment
4 uses
The procession moved on, and still on, through ever augmenting splendours ... of welcome;
augmenting = increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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benevolent
1 use
"O, dear, O dear!" cried the benevolent stranger, "O poor soul, poor soul, how he doth suffer!"
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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complacent
1 use
This good woman was made happy all the day long by the applauses which she got out of herself for her magnanimous condescension to a tramp; and the King was just as self-complacent over his gracious humility toward a humble peasant woman.
complacent = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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denounce
4 uses
Therefore there was but one course to pursue— ... make himself known, and denounce the impostor.
denounce = turn into the authorities
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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deride
6 uses
What unspeakable glory it would be, if they could recognise him, and realise that the derided mock king of the slums and back alleys was become a real King,
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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despondent
4 uses
then added, despondently, "but woe is me!"
despondently = in a depressed manner
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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diligent
5 uses
I will keep this diligently in my remembrance, that this day's lesson be not lost upon me, and my people suffer thereby;
diligently = carefully and persistently
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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dissent
2 uses
Hugh put up his hand in dissent,
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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expedient
2 uses
He was an old campaigner, and used to inventing shifts and expedients:
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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impetuous
1 use
Tom turned to the woman, and said with impetuous zeal— "Exert thy power—I would see a storm!"
impetuous = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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liege
20 uses
'Tis matter of small weight, my liege, yet will I touch upon it, an' it please your Grace.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
DefinitionGenerally liege means:
a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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mitigate
1 use
he deserves great praise on account of the laws passed this session, by which the rigour of former statutes was much mitigated, and some security given to the freedom of the constitution.
mitigated = made less harmful or unpleasant

(editor's note:  rigour is a British spelling for rigor which is a synonym for harshness)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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obsequious
1 use
The House of Peers, without examining the prisoner, without trial or evidence, passed a Bill of Attainder against him and sent it down to the Commons ... The obsequious Commons obeyed his (the King's) directions; and the King, having affixed the Royal assent to the Bill by commissioners, issued orders for the execution of Norfolk on the morning of January 29 (the next day).
obsequious = fawning/servile/bootlicking (excessively eager to serve)
DefinitionGenerally obsequious means:
excessively eager to flatter or serve
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ostentatious
1 use
the hands of the royal pair were locked together, and the wedding-ring ostentatiously displayed.
ostentatiously = 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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penury
1 use
At first he pined for them, sorrowed for them, longed to see them, but later, the thought of their coming some day in their rags and dirt, and betraying him with their kisses, and pulling him down from his lofty place, and dragging him back to penury and degradation and the slums, made him shudder.
penury = poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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petulant
1 use
All gaiety was gone from the company; some were sullen and silent, some were irritable and petulant, none were gentle-humoured, all were thirsty.
petulant = easily annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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prodigious
4 uses
The crowd enjoyed this episode prodigiously,
prodigiously = enormously
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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remonstrate
1 use
Still once more, a little before the progress was ended, the Duke was obliged to ride forward, and make remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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sagacious
1 use
Full of eagerness to prove her sagacity, she...
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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zeal
4 uses
The work was zealously undertaken, Ridley himself engaging in it; and the result was the founding of Christ's Hospital for the education of poor children.
zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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