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Emma
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acknowledge
31 uses
He saw no fault in the room, he would acknowledge none which they suggested.
acknowledge = recognize (admit)
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
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Book31 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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capricious
5 uses
The aunt was a capricious woman,
capricious = impulsive and unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 1.1-2
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censure
6 uses
"I do not think he is conceited either, in general," said Harriet, her conscience opposing such censure;
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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1st useChapter 1.7-8
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complacent
4 uses
She felt all the honest pride and complacency which her alliance with the present and future proprietor could fairly warrant,
complacency = satisfaction and contentment
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 3.1-2
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conciliatory
1 use
I am sure ... her fears will completely wear off, for there really is nothing in the manners of either but what is highly conciliating.
conciliating = tending to build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 2.15-16
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contrite
2 uses
In the warmth of true contrition, she would call upon her the very next morning, and it should be the beginning, on her side, of a regular, equal, kindly intercourse.
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 3.7-8
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dissent
1 use
There was not a dissentient voice on the subject,
dissentient = disagreeing
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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1st useChapter 1.1-2
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expedient
5 uses
The longer she considered it, the greater was her sense of its expediency.
expediency = practicality or speediness
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 1.3-4
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fastidious
1 use
And he was really a very pleasing young man, a young man whom any woman not fastidious might like.
fastidious = giving careful attention to small details
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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1st useChapter 1.3-4
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guile
1 use
Miss Bates's gratitude for Mrs. Elton's attentions to Jane was in the first style of guileless simplicity and warmth.
guileless = innocent (without cunning)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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1st useChapter 2.15-16
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obscure
3 uses
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the view or directions are obscure
Oh! but dear Miss Woodhouse, she is now in such retirement, such obscurity, so thrown away.
obscurity = difficulty in understanding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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1st useChapter 1.7-8
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obstinate
1 use
... or a stray letter-boy on an obstinate mule, were the liveliest objects she could presume to expect;
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 2.9-10
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ostentatious
1 use
There would have been either the ostentation of a coxcomb, or the evasions of a mind too weak to defend its own vanities.
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice and impress others

(editor's note:  a coxcomb references vanity and/or something that might be worn to attract attention)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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1st useChapter 2.7-8
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penury
1 use
And now to chuse the mortification of Mrs. Elton's notice and the penury of her conversation, rather than return to the superior companions who have always loved her with such real, generous affection.
penury = poverty (in this case, used figuratively)
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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1st useChapter 2.15-16
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refute
1 use
though the accusation had been eagerly refuted at the time, there were moments of self-examination in which her conscience could not quite acquit her.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
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1st useChapter 2.1-2
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remonstrate
4 uses
I cannot see you acting wrong, without a remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 2.15-16
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sagacious
1 use
...and were thinking of themselves, as the evening wonder in many a family circle, with great sagacity.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 3.17-18
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scrupulous
4 uses
I thought her, on a thousand occasions, unnecessarily scrupulous and cautious:
scrupulous = extremely careful to do everything properly
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 1.15-16
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venerate
1 use
But it is a pleasure to me to admire him at a distance—and to think of his infinite superiority to all the rest of the world, with the gratitude, wonder, and veneration,
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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1st useChapter 3.3-4
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zeal
4 uses
admiring her drawings with so much zeal and so little knowledge
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 1.13-14
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