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acquiesce
4 uses
Haller belongs to those who have been caught between two ages, who are outside of all security and simple acquiescence.
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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aesthetic
5 uses
...to be seriously and responsibly active instead of occupying myself forever with nothing but esthetics and intellectual and artistic pursuits.
esthetics = 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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amiable
8 uses
Well, get up, so I told myself, ... dress and show an amiable disposition towards your fellow-men.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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ascetic
2 uses
He will never surrender himself either to lust or to asceticism.
asceticism = the practice of extreme self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth)
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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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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bourgeois
51 uses
Besides this, he was secretly and persistently attracted to the little bourgeois world, to those quiet and respectable homes with tidy gardens ... and their whole modest air of order and comfort.
bourgeois = typical of the middle class
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits - typically used disapprovingly

or (in Marxist theory):

typical of the property-owning class
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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 = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
She looked at me quite coldly, with real contempt, and again something in her face reminded me of my youth.
contempt = disrespect (and perhaps disgust or intense dislike)
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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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
With this I have gone far ahead and, contrary to my actual plan and intention, already conveyed what Haller essentially meant to me; whereas my original aim was to uncover his picture by degrees while telling the course of my gradual acquaintance with him.
contrary to = in opposition to
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2  —11 uses as in:
on the contrary
On the contrary, it was often exceedingly painful, often almost intolerable.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
Man is not by any means of fixed and enduring form (this, in spite of suspicions to the contrary on the part of their wise men, was the ideal of the ancients).
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...to the first discord there succeeded nothing but new ones.
discord = disagreement or conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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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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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Then be so kind as to place a few dozen of your pieces at my disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Just listen, you poor creature, listen without either pathos or mockery, while far away ... this divine music passes by.
divine = wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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enmity
7 uses
In him the man and the wolf did not go the same way together, but were in continual and deadly enmity.
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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pious
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The pious call it the kingdom of God.
pious = religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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scrutiny
4 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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superfluous
4 uses
I saw myself as a dead-weary pilgrim, dragging myself across the desert of the other world, laden with the many superfluous books I had written,
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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venerate
1 use
Eagerly I followed the god of my youth, the object, all my life long, of love and veneration.
veneration = respect and reverence

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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