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agitate
17 uses
Every moment rather brought fresh agitation.
agitation = emotional unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Book17 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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benevolent
2 uses
She was a benevolent, charitable, good woman, and...
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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candid
1 use
He was steady, observant, moderate, candid;
candid = honest and direct
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1st useChapter 16
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capricious
1 use
They have no difficulties to contend with at home, no opposition, no caprice, no delays.
caprice = 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 20
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comprehend
15 uses
In her own room, she tried to comprehend it.
comprehend = understand or understand completely
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 18
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...to defer her explanatory visit in Rivers Street.
defer = postpone (put off until a later time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 23
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disdain
4 uses
A man is in greater danger in the navy of being insulted by the rise of one whose father, his father might have disdained to speak to ... than in any other line.
disdained = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 17
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dissent
1 use
Mrs Musgrove had not a word to say in dissent;
dissent = disagreement
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 8
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duplicity
1 use
The manoeuvres of selfishness and duplicity must ever be revolting, but I have heard nothing which really surprises me.
duplicity = deception
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 21
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expedient
2 uses
and had finally proposed these two branches of economy, to cut off some unnecessary charities, and to refrain from new furnishing the drawing-room; to which expedients she afterwards added the happy thought of their taking no present down to Anne, as had been the usual yearly custom.
expedients = practical actions
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
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fastidious
3 uses
the fastidiousness of her taste, in the small limits of the society around them.
fastidiousness = highly concerned with matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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forbearance
3 uses
give them all hints of the forbearance necessary between such near neighbours
forbearance = patience, tolerance, or self-control
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useChapter 6
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indifferent
19 uses
He must be either indifferent or unwilling.
indifferent = uninterested
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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inevitable
5 uses
the inevitable sufferings of her situation
inevitable = certain to happen (under the circumstances)
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book5 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12
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ostentatious
1 use
Anne could not draw upon Charles's brain for ... an explanation of some smiling hints of particular business, which had been ostentatiously dropped by Mary,
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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prudent
4 uses
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older:
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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refute
2 uses
He was astonished, indeed, but his character and general conduct must refute it.
refute = show that it is not so
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 21
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reprehensible
1 use
I saw nothing reprehensible in what Mr Elliot was doing.
reprehensible = bad or unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 21
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retrench
5 uses
She consulted, and in a degree was influenced by her in marking out the scheme of retrenchment which was at last submitted to Sir Walter.
retrenchment = a pause and change in how something is done — often while reducing the use of resources
DefinitionGenerally retrench means:
to pause and then change how something is done — often while reducing the use of resources
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Book5 uses
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1st useChapter 2
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scrupulous
4 uses
He is so very strict and scrupulous in his notions;
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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