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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
75 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:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
made no discord with the rest of the scene
discord = effect that would be out of place or in conflict with everything else
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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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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grave
1 use
But, since I had resolved to weigh you in the balance, to make so grave an issue depend upon your answer, I considered it more honourable to give you due warning.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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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 such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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indolent
2 uses
with the indolent, painstaking exactitude of a person who has nothing else to do,
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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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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minuteness
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
But its minute shuddering, complete, finished to the least detail and with utmost delicacy of gesture, made no discord with the rest of the scene, and yet was not merged in it, remaining clearly outlined.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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novel
1 use
...always alike, filling all my nights and days, differentiated this period in my life from those which had gone before it (and might easily have been confused with it by an observer who saw things only from without, that is to say, who saw nothing), as in an opera a fresh melody introduces a novel atmosphere which one could never have suspected if one had done no more than read the libretto, still less if one had remained outside the theatre, counting only the minutes as they passed.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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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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venerate
3 uses
the same enthusiasm and veneration which make clever and pretty women of the middle classes fall victims to the physical and intellectual charms of a duchess, even though she be ugly and a fool.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence (in this case, felt by some people for others who have an impressive title)
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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