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consequence
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The bourgeois is consequently by nature a creature of weak impulses, anxious, fearful of giving himself away and easy to rule.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...to return to the house which I had always in my mind and always deferred.
deferred = postponed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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depravity
1 use
the eternal question presented itself whether all this was simple stupidity and human frailty, a common depravity, or...
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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deride
3 uses
Let no one think that I blame other men, though now and then in these pages I scorn and even deride them,
deride = to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
I felt a fearful weariness descend upon me.†
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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emulate
1 use
we might at least emulate the illustrious and spare pretty women.
emulate = imitate (copy)

(editor's note:  illustrious is a synonym for renowned and famous)
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse, perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to commit outrages, to pull off the wigs of a few revered idols, to provide a few rebellious schoolboys with the longed-for ticket to Hamburg, or to stand one or two representatives of the established order on their heads.†
established = set in place (firmly existing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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expedient
1 use
This expedient, then, was no good.
expedient = speedy or practical action
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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extol
1 use
to extol the saint
extol = praise, glorify, or honor
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forthwith
5 uses
Indeed, I could not resist the temptation of beginning forthwith.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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heresy
1 use
For this reason the bourgeois today burns as heretics and hangs as criminals those to whom he erects monuments tomorrow.
heretics = people with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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immortal
25 uses
Yes, with Mozart and the immortals.
immortals = people of enduring fame
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
living or existing forever

or:

someone famous throughout history

or:

someone who will never die — such as a mythological god
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
...a look full of amusement, full of irony and...
irony = enjoying the humor in things being very different than would have been expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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lucid
1 use
It was simply light and lucidity.
lucidity = clarity (easily understood — despite underlying complexity)
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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meticulous
1 use
the very essence of bourgeois cleanliness, of neatness and meticulousness, of duty and devotion shown in little things.
meticulousness = treating details with great care

(editor's note:  bourgeois references characteristics common to the middle class)
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prudent
1 use
warned all those who had a stake in the country and some share of prudence ... against the rising tide of anarchy.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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revere
7 uses
...the heroic and the beautiful, and the reverence for the great poets or for the saints...
reverence = deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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satiate
1 use
It lulls the Steppenwolf to sleep and satiates him.†
satiates = to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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scrupulous
1 use
He was scrupulously respectful.
scrupulously = diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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zeal
2 uses
zealously piling lie upon lie
zealously = enthusiastically
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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