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admonish
3 uses
At times he felt, deep in his chest, a dying, quiet voice, which admonished him quietly,
admonished = expressed disapproval
DefinitionGenerally admonish means:
to express disapproval to someone of their actions; or to warn or advise someone
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1st useChapter 5
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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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benevolent
4 uses
He commands benevolence, clemency, sympathy, tolerance, but not love; he forbade us to tie our heart in love to earthly things.
benevolence = kindness and goodwill
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 12
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
his mouth twitched with contempt, when he walked through a city of nicely dressed people.
contempt = disgust and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 2
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destitute
5 uses
"No," said Siddhartha, "I have not become destitute"
destitute = extremely poor
DefinitionGenerally destitute means:
extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter

The expression "destitute of" means:  lacking
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1st useChapter 6
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disdain
5 uses
But still he had felt different from and superior to the others; always he had watched them with some mockery, some mocking disdain,
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 10
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diversity
2 uses
the deeply thinking Brahman, who scorns diversity, who seeks unity.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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1st useChapter 4
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
willingness to listen to the divine voice in his own heart,
divine = wonderful or god-like or coming from gods
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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exalt
39 uses
It is that Gotama, the exalted one, who is spreading that teachings.
exalted = elevated (praised and honored)
DefinitionGenerally exalt means:
praise, glorify, or honor

or:

fill with extreme happiness
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1st useChapter 2
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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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however
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However easily he succeeded in talking to all of them, in living with all of them, in learning from all of them, he was still aware that there was something which separated him from them and this separating factor was him being a Samana.†
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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incessant
5 uses
this water ran and ran, incessantly it ran, and was nevertheless always there, was always at all times the same and yet new in every moment!
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 1
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lament
4 uses
The river sang with a voice of suffering, longingly it sang, longingly, it flowed towards its goal, lamentingly its voice sang.
lamentingly = in a manner that expresses grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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1st useChapter 11
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penitent
7 uses
Was it not this what he used to intend to kill in his ardent years as a penitent?
penitent = someone feeling and expressing remorse for misdeeds (sorrow for having done wrong)

(editor's note:  In this case, someone who punishes himself in an attempt to make amends for the misdeeds.)
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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1st useChapter 1
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
But to the maid she gave the order to give the pious Brahman white upper garments.
pious = religious or moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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refuge
16 uses
There was ... no worker that did not belong to the workers, and found refuge with them, shared their life, spoke their language.
refuge = protection (a safe place)
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
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1st useChapter 3
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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

(Editor's note:  The prefix ir- is often used in front of words that start with R to mean not. That reverses the meaning of the word as seen in words like irrational, irregular, and irresistible. The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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1st useChapter 1
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venerable
22 uses
How old, would you think, is our oldest Samana, our venerable teacher?
venerable = respected
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
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1st useChapter 2
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venerate
7 uses
Never before, Siddhartha had venerated a person so much, never before he had loved a person as much as this one.
venerated = regarded with feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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1st useChapter 11
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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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