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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Father Alexey, a good-looking stout man with thick, carefully-combed hair, with an embroidered girdle round his lilac silk cassock, appeared to be a man of much tact and adaptability.†
adaptability = the degree to which something can change to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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1st useChapter 21
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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to advocate
The materialism you advocate has been more than once in vogue already, and has always proved insufficient ....'†
advocate = recommend or publicly support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
You're an advocate of patriarchal despotism.†
advocate = a person who publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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1st useChapter 13
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allude
5 uses
'What are you alluding to?' asked Arkady.†
alluding = making an indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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1st useChapter 19
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caustic
5 uses
Three days later Bazarov came into his father's room and asked him if he had any caustic.†
caustic = corrosive or harsh
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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1st useChapter 27
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condescending
6 uses
he thought to himself, and his heart was filled with a feeling of condescending tenderness for his kind, soft-hearted father, mixed with a sense of secret superiority.
condescending = 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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1st useChapter 12
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently I must go.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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1st useChapter 15
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2  —3 uses as in:
of little consequence
'You had the right to call me up to the barrier,' said Pavel Petrovitch, 'but that's of no consequence.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
To the gin-shop,' he added contemptuously, turning slightly towards the coachman, as though he would appeal to him.†
contemptuously = with disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 3
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
He, contrary to his habit, was talking a good deal, and obviously trying to interest her—again a surprise for Arkady.†
contrary to = in opposition to
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2  —12 uses as in:
on the contrary
On the contrary, now, if you will let me, I am ready to settle with you for good.'†
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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1st useChapter 7
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...like a bad smell or a discordant sound;
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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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
While here my father repeats to me, "My study is at your disposal—nobody shall interfere with you," and all the time he himself is never a yard away.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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1st useChapter 21
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
The good order she had established in her house and in her life partly contributed to this result.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 17
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
...he has hinted that the man who beat him was a coward. He calls this irony.
irony = when what happened was very different than what might have been expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 28
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melancholy
17 uses
He was overtaken by melancholy thoughts.†
melancholy = a sad feeling or manner
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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obstinate
10 uses
In the first place, I am impatient and obstinate—you should ask Katya; and secondly, I am very easily carried away.'†
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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peasant
60 uses
'Piotr,' he went on, stretching out his hand, 'aren't those our peasants driving along?'†
peasants = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  people of low income, education, and social standing — especially those who raise crops or livestock
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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reproach
10 uses
Did he reproach himself for weakness?†
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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1st useChapter 14
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retort
13 uses
'And who does despise him?' retorted Bazarov.†
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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