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Wuthering Heights
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acquisition
2 uses
...she imposed unwittingly on the old lady and gentleman by her ingenious cordiality; gained the admiration of Isabella, and the heart and soul of her brother: acquisitions that flattered her from the first — for she was full of ambition — and led her to adopt a double character without exactly intending to deceive any one.
acquisitions = things obtained (gotten and possessed)
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
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SATtop 500
1st useChapter 8
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apathy
4 uses
...pursuing my movements with apathetic eyes.
apathetic = uninterested
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 12
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capricious
3 uses
He was rather too indulgent in humouring her caprices;
caprices = instances of impulsiveness or unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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complacent
2 uses
Having levelled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.
complacently = in a self-satisfied manner
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 11
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deride
3 uses
...deriding and ridiculing all Mr. Heathcliff's assertions about his son,
deriding = laughing at or making fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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1st useChapter 22
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desist
2 uses
She held her hand interposed between the furnace-heat and her eyes, and seemed absorbed in her occupation; desisting from it only to chide the servant for covering her with sparks, or to push away a dog, now and then, that snoozled its nose overforwardly into her face.
desisting = stopping
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useChapter 3
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expedient
3 uses
I fear it was wrong, though expedient.
expedient = speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 14
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insipid
1 use
And that insipid, paltry creature attending her from DUTY and HUMANITY!
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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1st useChapter 14
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interloper
1 use
And I pray that he may break your neck: take him, and he damned, you beggarly interloper!
interloper = someone or something that, without invitation, inserts itself
DefinitionGenerally interloper means:
someone or something that, without invitation, inserts itself — such as an uninvited guest at a party or a species that invades non-native territory
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1st useChapter 4
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mischievous
3 uses
I was sweeping the hearth, and I noticed a mischievous smile on her lips.
mischievous = naughtily playful
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
naughtily or annoyingly playful

or:

tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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1st useChapter 4
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mitigate
2 uses
I represented your failings in a plain light, for the purpose of mitigating her adoration.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
As it spoke, I discerned, obscurely, a child's face looking through the window.
obscurely = in a manner that is not clearly seen
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
There was a great fire, and that was all the light in the huge apartment, whose floor had grown a uniform grey; and the once brilliant pewter-dishes, which used to attract my gaze when I was a girl, partook of a similar obscurity, created by tarnish and dust.
obscurity = the quality of being dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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obstinate
9 uses
...but he was as obstinate as a mule,
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 14
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perspicacity
1 use
It was a marvellous effort of perspicacity to discover that I did not love her.
perspicacity = perceptiveness and understanding
DefinitionGenerally perspicacity means:
intelligence — especially the ability to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
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1st useChapter 14
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petulant
5 uses
At other times, she would turn petulantly away, and hide her face in her hands, or even push him off angrily; and then he took care to let her alone, for he was certain of doing no good.
petulantly = with unreasonable anger or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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1st useChapter 8
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querulous
1 use
Nothing was stirring except a brindled, grey cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a querulous mew.
querulous = complaining
DefinitionGenerally querulous means:
habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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1st useChapter 3
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sagacious
1 use
Well, then, I must trust to my own sagacity.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 2
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subsequent
4 uses
(she was delirious, I became convinced by her subsequent actions and ravings)
subsequent = following
DefinitionGenerally subsequent means:
following something else
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a close, sultry day: devoid of sunshine, but with a sky too dappled and hazy to threaten rain: and our place of meeting had been fixed at the guide-stone, by the cross-roads.
sultry = hot and humid
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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