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austere
2 uses
their cool, bright, austere and yet smiling wisdom.
austere = undecorated (and without additions for comfort)
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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complacent
1 use
Closely looked at, this beautiful demigod of love was no more than a complacent and rather spoiled young man with pleasant manners.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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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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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 = laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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despair
33 uses
I had already experienced it several times, and always in periods of utmost despair.
despair = hopelessness or extreme worry or sadness
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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disdain
1 use
you have disdained to make me even the barest reply.
disdained = rejected (as though unworthy of your attention)
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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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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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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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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pathos
3 uses
However, enough of pathos and death-dealing.†
pathos = a quality that arouses pity or sorrow
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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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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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scrutiny
3 uses
He is no were-wolf at all, and if we appeared to accept without scrutiny this lie which...
scrutiny = a careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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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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