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abstain
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abstained from alcohol
They both followed the Buddha until they reached the town and then returned in silence, for they themselves intended to abstain from on this day.
abstain = keep away (choose not to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstain means:
choose not to do something
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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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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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austere
1 use
How could it be that among so many learned men, among so many Brahmans, among so many austere and venerable Samanas ... no one will find the path of paths?
austere = practitioners of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Brahman
49 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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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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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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futile
2 uses
Futile were also the merchant's attempts, to convince Siddhartha that he should eat his bread.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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1st useChapter 6
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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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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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inscrutable
1 use
The Buddha's eyes quietly looked to the ground; quietly, in perfect equanimity his inscrutable face was smiling.
inscrutable = impossible to understand
DefinitionGenerally inscrutable means:
impossible to understand — often when finding a person's facial expression or comments mysterious
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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
DefinitionGenerally listless means:
lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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pious
1 use
the pious Brahman
pious = highly moral or religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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1st useChapter 5
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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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reproach
2 uses
Why did he, the irreproachable one, have to wash off sins every day, strive for a cleansing every day, over and over every day?
irreproachable = beyond criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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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
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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zeal
2 uses
Govinda had aged, he too, but still his face bore the same features, expressed zeal, faithfulness, searching, timidness.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 7
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