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abysmal
1 use
He no longer dares to tease her by assuming an abysmal inferiority of Freddy's mind to his own.†
abysmal = very bad
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aggrieve
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HIGGINS [aggrieved] Do you mean that my language is improper?†
aggrieved = harmed by unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally aggrieve means:
feeling harmed by unfair treatment; or (more rarely) harming someone unfairly
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audacious
1 use
Your daughter had the audacity to come to my house and ask me to teach her how to speak properly so that she could get a place in a flower-shop.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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blasphemy
1 use
That's middle class blasphemy.
blasphemy = something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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consonant
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
consonant or vowel?
As if I ever stop thinking about the girl and her confounded vowels and consonants.†
consonants = letters of the alphabet (or a speech sounds) that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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decorum
1 use
[He goes out with impressive decorum, and spoils it by slamming the door savagely]
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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didactic
2 uses
who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic.
didactic = intended to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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dogmatic
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HIGGINS [dogmatically, ...] Well, I haven't. I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and...
dogmatically = stating his opinion as though it were absolute truth
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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eccentric
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Eliza, it's quite true that your father is not a snob, and that he will be quite at home in any station of life to which his eccentric destiny may call him.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
And it is notable that though she never nags her husband, and frankly loves the Colonel as if she were his favorite daughter, she has never got out of the habit of nagging Higgins that was established on the fatal night when she won his bet for him.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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extricate
1 use
He goes to the divan, stumbling into the fender and over the fire-irons on his way; extricating himself with muttered imprecations; and finishing his disastrous journey by throwing himself so impatiently on the divan that he almost breaks it.
extricating = freeing or removing from constraint or difficulty
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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indifferent
4 uses
Some of the acquaintances to whom she had been a tedious or indifferent or ridiculous affliction, dropped her:
indifferent = without interest (average)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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inevitable
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though to some extent ridiculed and mimicked in West Kensington ... she was accepted as a rational and normal—or shall we say inevitable?
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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languish
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It exasperated her to think that the dungeon in which she had languished for so many unhappy years had been unlocked all the time,
languished = suffered in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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obstinate
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Freddy backed up Eliza in her obstinate refusal to believe that they could save money by engaging a bookkeeper with some knowledge of the business.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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pauper
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It won't pauperize me, you bet.†
pauperize = someone who is very poor
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pedantic
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LIZA [speaking with pedantic correctness of pronunciation and great beauty of tone] How do you do, Mrs. Higgins?
pedantic = excessive concern with formal rules, details, or book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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petulant
1 use
His manner varies from genial bullying when he is in a good humor to stormy petulance when anything goes wrong;
petulance = unreasonable annoyance and irritability
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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prudent
1 use
it makes a man feel prudent like; and then goodbye to happiness.
prudent = sensible and careful
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scrupulous
1 use
The very scrupulousness with which he told her...
scrupulousness = care and attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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