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Pygmalion
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audacious
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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
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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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decorum
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[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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despot
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Sensible despots have never confined that precaution to women:
despots = a ruler with absolute power
DefinitionGenerally despot means:
a ruler with absolute power — especially one who abuses that power
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didactic
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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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diffident
1 use
Here I am, a shy, diffident sort of man.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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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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extricate
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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 = releasing from entanglement or difficulty
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
release from entanglement or difficulty
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce him to
I induced the editor of a leading monthly review to commission an article from Sweet on the imperial importance of his subject.
induced = convinced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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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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magnanimous
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DOOLITTLE [sad but magnanimous] They played you off very cunning, Eliza, them two sportsmen.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
As it was, he impressed himself professionally on Europe to an extent that made his comparative personal obscurity, and the failure of Oxford to do justice to his eminence, a puzzle to foreign specialists in his subject.
obscurity = the condition of not standing out or being well known by many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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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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opulent
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a last relic of the opulence of Largelady Park
opulence = magnificence or luxury
DefinitionGenerally opulent means:
magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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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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perfunctory
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He perfunctorily thrusts them into his pockets, unconsciously decorating himself with the protruding ends of the chains.
perfunctorily = done quickly without concern or attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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petulant
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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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phonetic
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"Will ye-oo py me f'them?"
[Here, with apologies, this desperate attempt to represent her dialect without a phonetic alphabet must be abandoned as unintelligible outside London.]
phonetic = speech sound

(In this case, referring to a spelling that uses a character or code for each sound in a language. For example the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), represents both "ue" in blue and "oo" in food as "u".)
DefinitionGenerally phonetic means:
of or relating to speech sounds
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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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