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assuage
2 uses
Over this great expanse there is no disturbance but it is thus at once gently smoothed away and assuaged, as, when a vase of water is jarred, the trembling circles seek the shore and all is smooth again.
assuaged = soothed
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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1st useChapter 9
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austere
2 uses
If by living thus reserved and austere, like a hermit in the woods, so long, it has acquired such wonderful purity,
austere = practicing great self-denial
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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capacious
2 uses
...in this deep and capacious spring ... this great gold and emerald fish swims.
capacious = large in capacity
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deter
5 uses
They passed over the pond ... seemingly deterred from settling by my light,
deterred = discouraged
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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1st useChapter 13
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discern
6 uses
Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
discern = understand (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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1st useChapter 9
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
At length the jays arrive, whose discordant screams were heard long before,
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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dwell   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
—loving to dwell long upon these themes.
dwell = think (about something for a long time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
When the warmer days come, they who dwell near the river hear the ice crack at night with a startling whoop as loud as artillery,
dwell = live (make their home)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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1st useChapter 17
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3  —7 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
in the war of 1812, her dwelling was set on fire by English soldiers ... when she was away,
dwelling = house
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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1st useChapter 1
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endeavor
23 uses
Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.
endeavor = try or attempt
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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incessant
8 uses
Instead of singing like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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indolent
1 use
The natural day is very calm, and will hardly reprove his indolence.
indolence = laziness

(editor's note:  reprove is a synonym for criticize)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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minute
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size
There are many furrows in the sand where some creature has travelled about and doubled on its tracks; and, for wrecks, it is strewn with the cases of caddis-worms made of minute grains of white quartz.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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1st useChapter 13
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philanthropy
12 uses
Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.
philanthropy = Helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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1st useChapter 1
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pious   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The words which express our faith and piety are not definite;
piety = religious or moral belief
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 18
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2  —1 use as in:
a pious hypocrite
It is the pious slave-breeder devoting the proceeds of every tenth slave to buy a Sunday's liberty for the rest.
pious = self-righteous (believing oneself to be highly moral when it is not true)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
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prudent
2 uses
and they thought that a prudent man would carefully select the safest position,
prudent = sensible and careful
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1st useChapter 6
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repudiate
1 use
Bankruptcy and repudiation are the springboards from which much of our civilization vaults and turns its somersaults,
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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superfluous
7 uses
Most men ... are so occupied with the ... superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.
superfluously = (extra) more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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1st useChapter 1
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
When I consider how our houses are built and paid for ... and their internal economy managed and sustained,
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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