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anxiety
25 uses
Swann could not without anxiety ask himself what Odette would mean to him in the years that were to come.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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benevolent
2 uses
treating him with a friendly benevolence
benevolence = kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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cease
76 uses
This smile rested upon myself, who had never ceased to follow her with my eyes.
ceased = stopped or discontinued
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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conciliatory
2 uses
"I am sure she can," Swann hastened to conciliate him.
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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deride
1 use
Swann was beginning, a trifle pompously, when the Doctor broke in derisively.
derisively = with treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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emerge
28 uses
that love was now utterly remote, and he regretted that he had had no warning of the moment in which he had emerged from it for ever.
emerged = come out of
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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establish
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
—that I learned that identical emotions do not spring up in the hearts of all men simultaneously, by a pre-established order.†
pre-established = previously created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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exemplar
1 use
an unmatched exemplar which he would contemplate at one moment with the humble, spiritual, disinterested mind of an artist, at another with the pride, the selfishness, the sensual thrill of a collector.
exemplar = ideal example
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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expedient
4 uses
his actions were generally dictated by chance expediencies rather than based on any formal plan.
expediencies = actions that are convenient
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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hackneyed
1 use
Beneath the everyday incidents, the commonplace thoughts and hackneyed words, I could hear...
hackneyed = lacking impact due to too much previous exposure
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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indifferent
23 uses
She marvelled increasingly at his indifference to money, at his courtesy to everyone alike, at the delicacy of his mind.
indifference = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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inevitable
19 uses
So that it and the City of the Lilies were not just artificial scenes which I could set up at my pleasure in front of my imagination, but did actually exist at a certain distance from Paris which must inevitably be traversed if I wished to see them,
inevitably = certainly
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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meticulous
2 uses
He appeared unwilling to risk even having an opinion, and to be at his ease only when he could furnish, with meticulous accuracy, some precise but unimportant detail.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
...I myself might be the minute personage whom, in an enlarged photograph of St. Mark's that had been lent to me, the operator had portrayed, in a bowler hat, in front of the portico),†
minute = very small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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rebuttal
1 use
And if Francoise then, inspired like a poet with a flood of confused reflections upon bereavement, grief, and family memories, were to plead her inability to rebut my theories, saying: "I don't know how to espress myself"—I would triumph over her with...
rebut = argue against
DefinitionGenerally rebuttal means:
a statement arguing against something
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repudiate
1 use
Furthermore, it suggests reasons of personal convenience, rather than any definite repudiation,
repudiation = strong rejection

(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 repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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reticent
1 use
I could recognise in her ... and reticent advances ... and restraints which had characterised her father.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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revere
5 uses
having unconsciously preserved, a feeling of reverence for certain subjects,
reverence = feelings of 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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transitory
2 uses
The kitchen-maid was an abstract personality ... throughout the long series of transitory human shapes in which that personality was incarnate; for we never found the same girl there two years running.
transitory = lasting a short time
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zeal
4 uses
Legrandin's face shewed an extraordinary zeal and animation;
zeal = interest and enthusiasm

(editor's note:  shewed is a synonym for showed)
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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