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Rappaccini's Daughter

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allude
2 uses
"You are a connoisseur in flowers, signor," said Beatrice, with a smile, alluding to the bouquet which he had flung her from the window.†
alluding = making an indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
...an observer might easily have overlooked the merely physical attributes and have seen only this wonderful energy.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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2  —2 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
A fragrance was diffused from it which Giovanni recognized as identical with that which he had attributed to Beatrice's breath,
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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cultivate
5 uses
No; that garden is cultivated by the own hands of Signor Giacomo Rappaccini, the famous doctor, who, I warrant him, has been heard of as far as Naples.†
cultivated = developed, grown, or prepared for growing crops
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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deference
1 use
I would fain feel nothing towards you save respect and deference; but I pray you to observe, signor, that there is one subject on which we must not speak.†
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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empirical
1 use
"We will thwart Rappaccini yet," thought he, chuckling to himself, as he descended the stairs; "but, let us confess the truth of him, he is a wonderful man—a wonderful man indeed; a vile empiric, however, in his practice, and therefore not to be tolerated by those who respect the good old rules of the medical profession."†
empiric = someone who is guided by experience rather than theory
DefinitionGenerally empirical means:
based on experience or observation rather than theory
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endeavor
4 uses
In any case, he generally contents himself with a very slight embroidery of outward manners,—the faintest possible counterfeit of real life,—and endeavors to create an interest by some less obvious peculiarity of the subject.†
endeavors = attempts; or things attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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imbue
5 uses
No sooner was Guasconti alone in his chamber than the image of Beatrice came back to his passionate musings, invested with all the witchery that had been gathering around it ever since his first glimpse of her, and now likewise imbued with a tender warmth of girlish womanhood.†
imbued = filled
DefinitionGenerally imbue means:
to fill with or diffuse throughout — especially an emotional quality
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indulge
1 use
Nor did he fail again to observe, or imagine, an analogy between the beautiful girl and the gorgeous shrub that hung its gemlike flowers over the fountain,—a resemblance which Beatrice seemed to have indulged a fantastic humor in heightening, both by the arrangement of her dress and the selection of its hues.†
indulged = enjoyed to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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malicious
1 use
When, in his walk through the garden, he came to the magnificent plant that hung its purple gems beside the marble fountain, he placed a kind of mask over his mouth and nostrils, as if all this beauty did but conceal a deadlier malice; but, finding his task still too dangerous, he drew back, removed the mask, and called loudly, but in the infirm voice of a person affected with inward disease, "Beatrice!†
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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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
It appeared to Giovanni,—but, at the distance from which he gazed, he could scarcely have seen anything so minute,—it appeared to him, however, that a drop or two of moisture from the broken stem of the flower descended upon the lizard's head.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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nevertheless
2 uses
Nevertheless, in spite of this deep intelligence on his part, there was no approach to intimacy between himself and these vegetable existences.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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perish
5 uses
Hast thou grown so poisonous that this deadly insect perishes by thy breath?†
perishes = dies or is destroyed
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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pervasive
4 uses
His face was all overspread with a most sickly and sallow hue, but yet so pervaded with an expression of piercing and active intellect that an observer might easily have overlooked the merely physical attributes and have seen only this wonderful energy.†
pervaded = spread or filled
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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phenomenon
1 use
Beatrice observed this remarkable phenomenon and crossed herself, sadly, but without surprise; nor did she therefore hesitate to arrange the fatal flower in her bosom.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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quell
3 uses
But he strove hard to quell them and to respond to Baglioni with a true lover's perfect faith.†
quell = suppress or stop completely
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recollect
8 uses
The young stranger, who was not unstudied in the great poem of his country, recollected that one of the ancestors of this family, and perhaps an occupant of this very mansion, had been pictured by Dante as a partaker of the immortal agonies of his Inferno.†
recollected = remembered
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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rectify
1 use
But there is an influence in the light of morning that tends to rectify whatever errors of fancy, or even of judgment, we may have incurred during the sun's decline, or among the shadows of the night, or in the less wholesome glow of moonshine.
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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scorn
2 uses
"Accursed one!" cried he, with venomous scorn and anger.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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wither
5 uses
He turned his eyes full upon the withered face that was puckering itself into a smile, but seemed to behold it not.†
withered = shriveled (wrinkled) or weakened
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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