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Siddhartha

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ascend
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1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
We are not going around in circles, we are moving up, the circle is a spiral, we have already ascended many a level.
ascended = moved upward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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1st useChapter 2
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ascetic
14 uses
But I am no longer the one I was, I am no ascetic any more, I am not a priest any more, I am no Brahman any more.
ascetic = someone who practices self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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audacious
1 use
He was a feared gambler, few dared to take him on, so high and audacious were his stakes.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Brahman
73 uses
he saw life, that what is alive, the indestructible, the Brahman in each of their passions, each of their acts.
Brahman = the supreme spirit found in Hinduism
DefinitionGenerally Brahman means:
the supreme spirit found in Hinduism

or:

Brahmin (highest rank in the traditional Hindu caste system)
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1st useChapter 1
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depravity
1 use
Let him be food for fishes, this dog Siddhartha, this lunatic, this depraved and rotten body, this weakened and abused soul!
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 8
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eccentric
1 use
he knew himself ... this Siddhartha, the eccentric, the weird one,
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 8
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equanimity
3 uses
When he made a profit, he accepted it with equanimity; when he made losses, he laughed and said...
equanimity = steadiness of mind
DefinitionGenerally equanimity means:
steadiness of mind under stress
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1st useChapter 3
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gullible
1 use
And the curious people laughed and were discussing how foolishly and gullibly the common people were spreading such empty rumours.
gullibly = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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impetuous
1 use
In a lake of reeds, he saw the pike hungrily hunting for its dinner; ... young fish jumped in droves out of the water; ... which the pike stirred up, impetuously hunting.
impetuously = impulsively (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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indulgent
1 use
I do know, that you won't hit me...; I do know, that you constantly want to punish me and put me down with your religious devotion and your indulgence. You want me to become like you, just as devout, just as soft, just as wise!
indulgence = treatment with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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1st useChapter 10
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inevitable
1 use
Though Siddhartha fled from the self a thousand times ... the return was inevitable, inescapable was the hour, when he found himself back in the sunshine or in the moonlight, in the shade or in the rain, and was once again his self
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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1st useChapter 2
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insatiable
1 use
Him, who was, regarding love, still a boy and had a tendency to plunge blindly and insatiably into lust like into a bottomless pit,
insatiably = with a desire that is impossible to satisfy
DefinitionGenerally insatiable means:
impossible to satisfy
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1st useChapter 6
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listless
1 use
But more than by anything else, he was disgusted by himself, by his perfumed hair, by the smell of wine from his mouth, by the flabby tiredness and listlessness of his skin.
listlessness = lack of energy and normal enthusiasm

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally listless means:
lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 7
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mock
17 uses
Mock me if you like, Siddhartha!
mock = make fun of (ridicule)
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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parched
1 use
Feverish dreams flickered from his enlarged eyes, long nails grew slowly on his parched fingers and a dry, shaggy beard grew on his chin.
parched = dried out
DefinitionGenerally parched means:
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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1st useChapter 2
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precocious
1 use
They had been, so it seemed to him, proud and precocious words; with a smile, he remembered them.
precocious = advanced for his age
DefinitionGenerally precocious means:
early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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putrid
1 use
...it all pretended to be meaningful and joyful and beautiful, and it all was just concealed putrefaction.
putrefaction = things rotten or disgusting

(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 putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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1st useChapter 2
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squander
1 use
he wanted to continue gambling, he wanted to continue squandering, continue demonstrating his disdain of wealth.
squandering = wasting money
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
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1st useChapter 7
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transitory
2 uses
How should he not know love, he, who has discovered all elements of human existence in their transitoriness,
transitoriness = shortness

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally transitory means:
lasting a short time
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1st useChapter 12
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vacuous
1 use
he would not become a ... vain, vacuous speaker;
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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