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Pygmalion
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amiable
2 uses
An elderly gentleman of the amiable military type
amiable = friendly and kindly
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arbitrary
1 use
And yet she's firmly persuaded that I'm an arbitrary overbearing bossing kind of person.
arbitrary = inclined to make decisions based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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conciliatory
2 uses
he was about as conciliatory to conventional mortals as Ibsen or Samuel Butler.
conciliatory = to act in a manner intended to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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condescending
2 uses
as if condescending to a trivial subject out of pure kindness
condescending = doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
I am expressing my righteous contempt for Commercialism.
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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deference
2 uses
He gets out of her way deferentially and apologizes.
deferentially = with polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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deprecate
3 uses
General hubbub, mostly sympathetic to the flower girl, but deprecating her excessive sensibility.
deprecating = belittling or disapproving

or:

belittling (minimizing or diminishing the value of) oneself
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to belittle (diminish the value of) or express disapproval of something
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deride
3 uses
He storms and bullies and derides; but she stands up to him so ruthlessly that the Colonel has to ask her from time to time to be kinder to Higgins;
derides = treats as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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dialect
9 uses
I am myself a student of Indian dialects;
dialects = regional varieties of a language
DefinitionGenerally dialect means:
a regional variety of a language
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disdain
3 uses
He takes off his hat to Mrs. Pearce, who disdains the salutation and goes out.
disdains = ignores (as though not worthy of her notice)
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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haughty
2 uses
[Her daughter repudiates her with an angry shrug and retires haughtily.]
haughtily = condescendingly (in a superior or self-important manner)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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impetuous
2 uses
He is, in fact, but for his years and size, rather like a very impetuous baby "taking notice" eagerly and loudly, and requiring almost as much watching to keep him out of unintended mischief.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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impudent
2 uses
HIGGINS [disagreeably surprised] Damn his impudence!
impudence = improper boldness or disrespect
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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incorrigible
2 uses
He's incorrigible, Eliza.
incorrigible = unresponsive to correction
DefinitionGenerally incorrigible means:
unresponsive to correction (even by punishment)
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pretentious
2 uses
her elation was unbounded when she found that Freddy, like all youths educated at cheap, pretentious, and thoroughly inefficient schools, knew a little Latin.
pretentious = trying to appear more impressive than is deserved
DefinitionGenerally pretentious means:
acting more impressive than is deserved
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remonstrate
3 uses
PICKERING [in good-humored remonstrance] Does it occur to you, Higgins, that the girl has some feelings?
remonstrance = arguing in protest
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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reproach
2 uses
He walks straight to Higgins, and accosts him with vehement reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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repudiate
3 uses
he had become a sort of walking repudiation of Oxford and all its traditions.
repudiation = strong rejection
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
MRS. PEARCE [only half resigned to it] Very well, sir. It's for you to say.
resigned = acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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resolute
7 uses
[He makes resolutely for the door]
resolutely = with firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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