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An Enemy of the People

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allude
1 use
I protest against personal allusions of this kind.†
allusions = indirect references

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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conscience
6 uses
Your conscience must be in splendid order to-day, I should think.†
conscience = feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Luckily I shall have all my time at my disposal; because I have been dismissed from the Baths, you know.†
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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doctrine
3 uses
That is, the doctrine you have inherited from your forefathers and proclaim thoughtlessly far and wide—the doctrine that the public, the crowd, the masses, are the essential part of the population—that they constitute the People—that the common folk, the ignorant and incomplete element in the community, have the same right to pronounce judgment and to, approve, to direct and to govern, as the isolated, intellectually superior personalities in it.†
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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emancipated
4 uses
Yes—and in my opinion a journalist incurs a heavy responsibility if he neglects a favourable opportunity of emancipating the masses—the humble and oppressed.†
emancipating = releasing from slavery or servitude; or (metaphorically) from social restraints
DefinitionGenerally emancipated means:
released from slavery or servitude; or (metaphorically) from social restraints
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The public is best served by the good, old established ideas it already has.†
established = existing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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grave
2 uses
We cannot allow such a grave accusation to be flung at a citizen community.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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infernal
5 uses
And all that infernal weak tea wash that he pours into himself!†
infernal = very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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intellectual
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
intellectual stimulation
—but because he thinks what his superiors think, and holds the same opinions as they, People who do that are, intellectually speaking, common people; and, that is why my magnificent brother Peter is in reality so very far from any distinction—and consequently also so far from being liberal-minded.†
intellectually = in a manner that relates to intelligence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intellectual means:
related to intelligence — such as requiring, appealing to, or possessing intelligence
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malicious
1 use
No, it is nothing more than sheer malice; he wants to get even with somebody for something or other.†
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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monopoly
2 uses
I propose to raise a revolution against the lie that the majority has the monopoly of the truth.†
monopoly = the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
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moreover
1 use
—And moreover, that discretion and moderation are what enable a man to be of most service to the community.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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opportune
3 uses
It seems to me that this would be the most opportune moment.†
opportune = favorable circumstances for a particular purpose — especially the circumstance of good timing
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perish
1 use
And if things come to that pass, I shall say from the bottom of my heart: Let the whole country perish, let all these people be exterminated!†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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persistent
3 uses
A capable physician ought to know what measures to take—he ought to be capable of preventing injurious influences or of remedying them if they become obviously persistent.†
persistent = continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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plausible
1 use
This sort of thing sounds extremely plausible, of course; and if there were no other explanation for your obstinacy—.†
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
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prudent
4 uses
And every prudent man too, I hope?†
prudent = sensible and careful
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refute
1 use
So it will be necessary for you to refute them publicly.†
refute = disprove or argue against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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specimen
4 uses
Bookcases and cabinets containing specimens, line the walls.†
specimens = a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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tact
1 use
It is a curious thing that these farmers' sons never seem to lose their want of tact.†
tact = the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
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