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The Celestial Railroad

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benevolent
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Another thing, likewise, the benevolent reader will be delighted to understand.†
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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condescending
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Prince Beelzebub himself took great interest in this sort of traffic, and sometimes condescended to meddle with smaller matters.
condescended = did something considered beneath his position
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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conscience
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There was a sort of stock or scrip, called Conscience, which seemed to be in great demand, and would purchase almost anything.†
conscience = feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
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discord
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discord amongst the group
...must have sent its discord even through the celestial gates.
discord = disturbance or conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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dismal
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Tracts of land and golden mansions, situate in the Celestial City, were often exchanged, at very disadvantageous rates, for a few years' lease of small, dismal, inconvenient tenements in Vanity Fair.†
dismal = depressing or gloomy
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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doctrine
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In justification of this high praise I need only mention the names of the Rev. Mr. Shallow-deep, the Rev. Mr. Stumble-at-truth, that fine old clerical character the Rev. Mr. This-today, who expects shortly to resign his pulpit to the Rev. Mr. That-tomorrow; together with the Rev. Mr. Bewilderment, the Rev. Mr. Clog-the-spirit, and, last and greatest, the Rev. Dr. Wind-of-doctrine.†
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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establish
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1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
It interested me much to learn that by the public spirit of some of the inhabitants a railroad has recently been established between this populous and flourishing town and the Celestial City.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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infernal
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The engine at this moment took its station in advance of the cars, looking, I must confess, much more like a sort of mechanical demon that would hurry us to the infernal regions than a laudable contrivance for smoothing our way to the Celestial City.†
infernal = very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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ingenious
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These ingenious methods constitute a sort of machinery, by which thought and study are done to every person's hand without his putting himself to the slightest inconvenience in the matter.†
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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inhabitant
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It interested me much to learn that by the public spirit of some of the inhabitants a railroad has recently been established between this populous and flourishing town and the Celestial City.†
inhabitants = people (who live in a particular place)
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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lucrative
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Indeed, few rich commodities were to be obtained without paying a heavy sum in this particular stock, and a man's business was seldom very lucrative unless he knew precisely when and how to throw his hoard of conscience into the market.†
lucrative = profitable
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malicious
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Some malicious persons it is true deny the identity of this reputable character with the Evangelist of old times, and even pretend to bring competent evidence of an imposture.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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moreover
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Being, moreover, a director of the railroad corporation and one of its largest stockholders, he had it in his power to give me all desirable information respecting that praiseworthy enterprise.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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nevertheless
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Nevertheless we got over without accident, and soon found ourselves at the stationhouse.†
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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persecution
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As I purposed to make a considerable stay here, it gratified me to learn that there is no longer the want of harmony between the town's-people and pilgrims, which impelled the former to such lamentably mistaken measures as the persecution of Christian and the fiery martyrdom of Faithful.†
persecution = very bad and unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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pragmatic
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One of them—his name was Stick-to-the-right—perceived in my face, I suppose, a species of sympathy and almost admiration, which, to my own great surprise, I could not help feeling for this pragmatic couple.†
pragmatic = concerned with practical matters
DefinitionGenerally pragmatic means:
concerned with practical matters — especially where quick results and/or practical experience triumph over theory
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recollect
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My recollections of the journey are now, for a little space, dim and confused, inasmuch as a singular drowsiness here overcame me, owing to the fact that we were passing over the enchanted ground, the air of which encourages a disposition to sleep.†
recollections = memories

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", 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 actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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resignation
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1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
who expects shortly to resign his pulpit
resign = quit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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rigorous
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1  —1 use as in:
we follow a rigorous procedure
Had all regrets been punished as rigorously as...
rigorously = thoroughly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
thorough and careful procedures
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unprecedented
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Had the engine run off the track,—a catastrophe, it is whispered, by no means unprecedented,—the bottomless pit, if there be any such place, would undoubtedly have received us.†
unprecedented = not having happened before; or nothing similar having happened before
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