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An Ideal Husband
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caustic
1 use
(Caustically.
caustically = sarcastically or critically
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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conceit
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They call it being conceited.
conceited = excessively proud of oneself
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conceit means:
feelings of excessive pride
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conservatory
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1  —1 use as in:
plants in the conservatory
I shall be in the conservatory under the second palm tree on the left.
conservatory = a room where plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conservatory means:
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
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defame
1 use
But I am defamed in her eyes.
defamed = with a reputation damaged through false statements
DefinitionGenerally defame means:
to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
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denounce
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Why, he denounced it roundly, and the whole system of modern political finance.
denounced = strongly criticized
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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desecrate
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you whose lips desecrated the word love,
desecrated = violate the sacred character of
DefinitionGenerally desecrate means:
violate the sacred character of something
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discreet
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discreet--not showy or gossipy
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
indiscreet = embarrassing (by revealing secrets)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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expound
1 use
With that wonderfully fascinating quiet voice of his he expounded to us the most terrible of all philosophies, the philosophy of power, preached to us the most marvellous of all gospels, the gospel of gold.
expounded = explained or discussed in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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genial
3 uses
(Genially.
genially = in a friendly, good-natured manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of genial means:
friendly and good-natured
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heresy
1 use
it is heresy to say that in this house
heresy = an action considered immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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ignoble
1 use
I am ignoble in her eyes.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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invariably
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She invariably finds it out.
invariably = consistently or without variation
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lax
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Noble contrast to the lax morality so common among foreign politicians.
lax = lacking in strictness or strength
DefinitionGenerally lax means:
relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
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matrimony
1 use
It is too matrimonial.
matrimonial = marriage (or related to marriage)
DefinitionGenerally matrimony means:
the state of being a married
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nonchalant
1 use
In her most nonchalant manner
nonchalant = calm — appearing unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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prudent
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Is that quite prudent?
prudent = sensible and careful
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ravishing
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(Enter MABEL CHILTERN, in the most ravishing frock.
ravishing = stunningly attractive
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reproach
1 use
Robert must be above reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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supercilious
1 use
MRS. CHEVELEY (Superciliously.
superciliously = with arrogant disdain of those one views as unworthy
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
showing arrogant disdain of those one views as unworthy
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taint
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And money that comes from a tainted source is a degradation.
tainted = bad (so it is not desirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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