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Les Miserables
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ameliorate
4 uses
Philosophy should be an energy; it should have for effort and effect to ameliorate the condition of man.
ameliorate = improve
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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apathy
3 uses
what was the nature of his apathy?
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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ascetic
6 uses
it is the law of the ascetic.
ascetic = someone who practices self-denial (especially 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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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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capricious
12 uses
Bahorel, a man of caprice, was scattered over numerous cafes; the others had habits, he had none.
caprice = impulsiveness and unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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constraint
3 uses
An indescribable constraint, weariness, and humiliation were perceptible beneath this hardihood.
constraint = something that limits something's motion or someone's actions; or the state of being so limited
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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depravity
2 uses
So he was becoming depraved.
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
Beneath this apparent discord there is a great and a profound thing,
discord = 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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
As she rocked her little ones, the mother hummed in a discordant voice...
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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engender
9 uses
Suffering engenders wrath;
engenders = causes (brings about)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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expedient
23 uses
They are temporary expedients.
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical  — especially actions that accept negative tradeoffs due to circumstances
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book23 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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famished
3 uses
The poor children, including Gavroche, were famished.
famished = extremely hungry
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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heresy
4 uses
if it is a heresy to...
heresy = counter to proper religious principles
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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impetuous
11 uses
the manner in which the words escaped from his mouth,— incoherent, impetuous, pell-mell, tumbling over each other,
impetuous = impulsive (without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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opulent
9 uses
An opulent priest is a contradiction.
opulent = rich appearing (magnificent and luxurious)
DefinitionGenerally opulent means:
magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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ostentatious
3 uses
She had a small property, which she bequeathed with much ostentation to a religious community.
ostentation = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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philanthropy
10 uses
he cried, "so I've found you again at last, Mister philanthropist!"
philanthropist = someone who helps others — especially by donating money to worthy causes
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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sagacious
14 uses
Between these four ways, a less sagacious man would have remained undecided.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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scrupulous
7 uses
he had loyally and scrupulously exhausted all means; he had been deterred neither by the season, nor fatigue, nor by the expense; he had nothing with which to reproach himself.
scrupulously = with careful diligence

(editor's note:  reproach is a synonym for criticize)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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supple
6 uses
His suppleness even exceeded his strength.
suppleness = moving and bending easily
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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venerate
27 uses
Everywhere the name of M. Madeleine was pronounced with veneration.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.9
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