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audacious
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She is ... a lover of young men, because they are less cautious, more violent, and with more audacity command her.
audacity = boldness
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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avarice
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There is first to note that, whereas in other principalities the ambition of the nobles and the insolence of the people only have to be contended with, the Roman emperors had a third difficulty in having to put up with the cruelty and avarice of their soldiers,
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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catholic
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It may be that the meaning attached to the word "fede" was "the faith," i.e. the Catholic creed, and not as rendered here "fidelity" and "faithful."
catholic = universal (in this case, all Christians)

(editor's note:  The Catholic Creed is also known as The Apostle's Creed and is used by many Christian denominations. It's possible the author intended to stress that this is one of the creeds used by the Catholic denomination, but catholic without capitalization is also used by other Christian denominations to mean universal and one of the lines in the creed refers to "the holy catholic Church," without capitalizing catholic.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of catholic means:
universal or inclusive of a wide range of people or interests
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deter
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one should not be deterred from improving his possessions for fear lest they be taken away from him or another from opening up trade for fear of taxes;
deterred = prevented
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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diligent
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as princes cannot help being hated by someone ... they ought to endeavour with the utmost diligence to avoid the hatred of the most powerful.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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efficacious
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And one of the most efficacious remedies that a prince can have against conspiracies is not to be hated and despised by the people,
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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exemplar
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took as an exemplar one who had been praised and famous before him,
exemplar = ideal example
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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expedient
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This course, when others fail, may be good, but it is very bad to have neglected all other expedients for that,
expedients = speedy or practical actions
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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extricate
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Still, if the courage of Agathocles in entering into and extricating himself from dangers be considered, together with his greatness of mind in enduring and overcoming hardships, it cannot be seen why he should be esteemed less than the most notable captain.
extricating = getting out of
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
release from entanglement or difficulty
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fallacious
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such methods for enabling one the more easily to manage subjects are only useful in times of peace, but if war comes this policy proves fallacious.
fallacious = mistaken
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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heresy
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a phrase inevitably employed to designate the Huguenot heresy.
heresy = immoral action (compared to what is generally accepted)
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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impugn
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And do not let any one impugn this statement with the trite proverb that "He who builds on the people, builds on the mud," for...
impugn = attack as wrong
DefinitionGenerally impugn means:
attack as false or wrong
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innovate
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Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.
innovator = someone who brings something new to an environment
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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propitious
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...and wondering within myself whether the present times were propitious to a new prince,
propitious = favorable
DefinitionGenerally propitious means:
favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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rapacious
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It makes him hated above all things ... to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects,
rapacious = excessively greedy (often destructive)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rapacious means:
excessively greedy — often destructive
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repudiate
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the empire has recently come to be repudiated in Italy,
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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squander
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it does not take away your reputation if you squander that of others, but adds to it;
squander = waste
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
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superfluous
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If, therefore, all the steps taken by the duke be considered, it will be seen that he laid solid foundations for his future power, and I do not consider it superfluous to discuss them, because I do not know what better precepts to give a new prince than the example of his actions;
superfluous = more than is desired
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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trite
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And do not let any one impugn this statement with the trite proverb that "He who builds on the people, builds on the mud," for...
trite = lacking impact because it is overused
DefinitionGenerally trite means:
lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
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usurp
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The causes of the difficulties in seizing the kingdom of the Turk are that the usurper cannot be called in by the princes of the kingdom,
usurper = one who seizes control
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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