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Death of a Salesman
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agitate
2 uses
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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earnest
2 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
She evaded his question by asking one of her own.
evaded = avoided answering
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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incipient
1 use
She dealt with her problem with alcohol while it was still in an incipient state.
incipient = beginning to come into existence
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indignant
4 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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laconic
1 use
I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
She's so busy, she's liable to forget.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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loathe
1 use
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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mercurial
1 use
Nobody knows her mercurial moods better than Mary.
mercurial = tending to change quickly, frequently, and unpredictably
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mockery
4 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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monotonous
1 use
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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nominate
1 use
The president nominated her as head of the Civil Rights Commission.
nominated = proposed that someone be offered a position, be a candidate, or receive an honor
DefinitionGenerally nominate means:
propose that someone be offered a position, be a candidate, or receive an honor
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ominous
1 use
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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pompous
1 use
She gave another pompous speech.
pompous = with excessive self-importance
DefinitionGenerally pompous means:
behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
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repress
1 use
She could barely repress a smile as she scolded her son for fidgeting.
repress = to hold something back
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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reproach
1 use
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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somber
1 use
Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
somber = grave or gloomy
DefinitionGenerally somber means:
serious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy

or:

lacking brightness or color
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stolid
1 use
She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow's.
stolid = revealing little emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — often thinking slowly

or:

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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turbulent
1 use
I'm afraid of such turbulent rapids.
turbulent = rough (with irregular flow)
DefinitionGenerally turbulent means:
a state of disturbance and disorder

or:

of liquid or gas:  rough (rapid and irregular flow)
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