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aesthetic
1 use
He held forth on the love of ornament—the cottage parlour moved him thereto—and its connection with aesthetics.
aesthetics = beauty
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.11
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agony
17 uses
The real agony was that he had nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to say, and WAS nothing himself.
agony = intense suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book17 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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anguish
11 uses
She always felt a mixture of anguish in her love for him.
anguish = strong distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme distress of body or mind
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Book11 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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anxiety
14 uses
But the anxiety remained inside him, like a wound that did not close.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book14 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.3
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candid
2 uses
There was about him a candour and gentleness which made the women trust him.
candour = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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cease
12 uses
But his mother had ceased to listen.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book12 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.13
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conciliatory
1 use
The efforts of his father to conciliate him next day were a great humiliation to him.
conciliate = make him feel better
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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despair
16 uses
Then he talked to her of his hopes and despairs, and his whole soul seemed to lie bare before her.
despairs = worries (things that cause distress)
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book16 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.8
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despise
22 uses
He hated her, for she seemed in some way to make him despise himself.
despise = dislike strongly and look upon with disdain
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to strongly dislike — and often to look down upon with disrespect
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Book22 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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dissent
1 use
He was sorry to be the cause of this new dissension.
dissension = 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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
In him was established her life now.†
established = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book3 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.5
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indifferent
15 uses
somewhere far away inside her, she felt indifferent to him and to his suffering.
indifferent = unconcerned (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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Book15 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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indignant
13 uses
Mrs. Morel was always indignant with the drunken men that they must sing that hymn when they got maudlin.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something wrong

(editor's note:  maudlin means "tearfully sentimental")
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book13 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
verbal irony
"There's certainly no reason why you shouldn't," said Mrs. Morel, and she returned to her book. He winced from his mother's irony,
irony = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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mockery
19 uses
His mockery always hurt her; it was too near the reality.
mockery = ridicule (with an absurd and unfair imitation)
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book19 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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ponder
17 uses
She waited for his coming home in the evening, and then she unburdened herself of all she had pondered, or of all that had occurred to her during the day.
pondered = thought about (reflected deeply upon)
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Book17 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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scorn
22 uses
She would shrug her shoulders in scorn of his work.
scorn = with a strong lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Book22 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.6
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scrupulous
2 uses
Miriam, who always went scrupulously through his books and papers, saw the drawings.
scrupulously = carefully
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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sufficient
12 uses
And the money was just sufficient.
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book12 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.2
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trepidation
3 uses
When her inside dream was shaken, her body quivered with trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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