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Death of a Salesman
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agitate
2 uses
BIFF [with rising agitation]:
agitation = anxiety or upset
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
What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when...
contemptuous = unworthy 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
He is younger than BIFF, earnest and loyal, a worried boy.
earnest = sincere or excessively 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
BIFF [evasively]: I'm not hateful, Mom.
evasively = trying to avoid answering a question
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
WILLY [stopping the incipient argument, to HAPPY]:
incipient = beginning to come into existence
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indignant
4 uses
[Indignantly] You can't see nothing out here!
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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laconic
1 use
He is a large man, slow of speech, laconic, immovable.
laconic = brief and to the point when speaking
DefinitionGenerally laconic means:
using few words
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
They're liable to arrest me!
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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loathe
1 use
BIFF [still on the floor in front of LINDA, the flowers in his hand; with self-loathing]:
loathing = disgust or intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
detest or intensely dislike
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mercurial
1 use
she admires him, as though his mercurial nature, his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him, longings which she shares but lacks the temperament to utter and follow to their end.
mercurial = tending to change quickly, frequently, and unpredictably
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mockery
4 uses
Why does Dad mock me all the time?
mock = making fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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monotonous
1 use
He is horrified and turns his head toward WILLY'S room, still dimly lit, from which the strains of LINDA'S desperate but monotonous humming rise.
monotonous = lacking in variety in tone and rhythm
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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nominate
1 use
Howard, the year Al Smith was nominated, your father came to me and...
nominated = proposed that he be offered a position (to represent the political party)
DefinitionGenerally nominate means:
propose that someone be offered a position, be a candidate, or receive an honor
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ominous
1 use
She rises ominously and quietly and moves toward HAPPY, who backs up into the kitchen, afraid.
ominously = threatening or suggestive of evil or bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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pompous
1 use
I gotta show some of those pompous, self-important executives over there that Hap Loman can make the grade.
pompous = behaving 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
Most often jovial, she has developed an iron repression of her exceptions to WILLY'S behavior
repression = to hold something back

(editor's note:  In this context, exceptions is a synonym for complaints. That sense of exceptions is more commonly heard in the phrase took exception such as "She took exception to his description of her.")
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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reproach
1 use
[Kneeling in front of her, in a fever of self-reproach] It's just—you see, Mom, I don't fit in business.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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somber
1 use
CHARLEY and BERNARD, somberly dressed, appear and knock on the kitchen door.
somberly = grave or even gloomy in character; or lacking brightness or color
DefinitionGenerally somber means:
serious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy

or:

lacking brightness or color
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stolid
1 use
He is a stolid man, in his sixties, with a mustache and an authoritative air.
stolid = having or 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
she admires him, as though ... his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him,
turbulent = stormy (in a state of disturbance)
DefinitionGenerally turbulent means:
a state of disturbance and disorder

or:

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