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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 and kindly
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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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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 to show disapproval

or:

in Marxist theory: the property-owning class
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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense 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 = in opposition to what was just said
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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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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:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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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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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 between enemies
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extol
1 use
to extol the saint
extol = praise, glorify, or honor
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immortal
25 uses
Yes, with Mozart and the immortals.
immortals = people of enduring fame
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
someone who lives forever

or:

a person of enduring fame
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Mozart
51 uses
"Mozart," I thought, and with the word conjured up the most beloved and the most exalted picture that my inner life contained.
Mozart = prolific Austrian composer and child prodigy; widely considered to be one of the masters of the classical style (1756-1791)
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pious
7 uses
The pious call it the kingdom of God.
pious = religious people
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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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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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
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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