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acquiesce
2 uses
not to call them in was to acquiesce in the loss of some of the gems of his collection.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 5
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condescending
2 uses
"Well, sir," said Japp condescendingly, "you shall be in it too. I can tell you, it's something of a feather in your cap to have inside knowledge of a case like this."
condescendingly = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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denounce
2 uses
Denounce him to the police?
denounce = inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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1st useChapter 10
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elaborate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
So he arranges an elaborate masquerade.†
elaborate = add details or explain in detail
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2  —4 uses as in:
an elaborate design
Very elaborate, the costume of Punchinello-ruffles and frills, a hump, a high hat.
elaborate = having many complex details
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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empower
1 use
I would tell him that you were empowered by me to discuss the matter.
empowered = given authority or power
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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1st useChapter 11
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enigma
2 uses
Poirot smiled rather enigmatically.
enigmatically = in a mysterious manner that seems unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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1st useChapter 9
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grave
14 uses
His statement seemed so fantastic that I suspected him of pulling my leg, but he was perfectly grave and serious.
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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1st useChapter 2
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inquest
4 uses
This doctor, now, he gave evidence at the inquest?†
inquest = formal inquiry or investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquest means:
a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an unexpected death or other undesirable event
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1st useChapter 1
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malevolent
1 use
Outside, the wind howled malevolently, and the rain beat against the windows in great gusts.
malevolently = in an evil or harmful manner
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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meticulous
1 use
Nevertheless, I searched the study with meticulous care.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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1st useChapter 7
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obstinate
3 uses
But there he ran up against the obstinacy of the Admiral.
obstinacy = trait of being stubborn and unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 8
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pious
1 use
She, poor child, beautiful, naturally pious, was fascinated by him.
pious = behaving in a highly moral
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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1st useChapter 7
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prudent
1 use
"Not for me," said Poirot, shaking his head. "I like not the sensational. For me the safe, the prudent investment..."
prudent = sensible and careful
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1st useChapter 6
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reprehensible
1 use
By rather reprehensible methods, milady.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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reticent
2 uses
There was no reticence about Mr Johnston's past.
reticence = reluctance to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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1st useChapter 3
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revere
2 uses
The inspector recognized Poirot and greeted him in an almost reverential manner.
reverential = with 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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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scrupulous
2 uses
Though he neither drank nor smoked, he was nevertheless not so scrupulous in other ways.
scrupulous = careful to behave well
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 7
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scrutiny
3 uses
Seizing my opportunity, I too knelt down, and taking the handkerchief from the sleeve, scrutinized it minutely.
scrutinized = looked at very carefully
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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1st useChapter 7
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zeal
2 uses
He was rich, but not remarkably so, and he spent his money zealously in the pursuit of social pleasure.
zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 4
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