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acquiesce
1 use
I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over them.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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amiable
6 uses
He was still smiling in the most amiable manner.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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1st useChapter 1
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aversion
2 uses
she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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benevolent
1 use
his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and benevolent curiosity
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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candid
1 use
my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid.
candid = honest and direct
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condescending
2 uses
"If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he remarked, "I should be better able to advise you."
condescend = do something considered beneath your position or dignity
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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conjecture
8 uses
My whole examination served to turn my conjecture into a certainty.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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1st useChapter 4
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contrite
1 use
The self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a guilty one.
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 4
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corroborate
2 uses
And in this letter you certainly have a very strong piece of evidence to corroborate your view.
corroborate = support an opinion
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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1st useChapter 3
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deference
2 uses
"Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the stranger with deference.
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useChapter 2
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diligent
2 uses
You have been reading the papers diligently of late, have you not?
diligently = carefully each day
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 10
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diversity
1 use
"Come," cried the inspector, laughing; "it's a very pretty diversity of opinion."
diversity = variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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1st useChapter 9
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dubious
1 use
And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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eccentric
4 uses
After all, if these people had strange fads and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were at least ready to pay for their eccentricity.
eccentricity = unconventional or strange behavior
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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enigma
1 use
beneath were the following enigmatical notices:
enigmatical = mysterious and seemingly unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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1st useChapter 5
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formidable
7 uses
"It is nothing very formidable," he said,
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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1st useChapter 1
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morose
3 uses
Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent man
morose = unhappy, often withdrawn personality
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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1st useChapter 8
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obstinate
3 uses
It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate man.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 1
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resolute
3 uses
Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was?
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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vacuous
2 uses
Again a startled look came over the somewhat vacuous face of Miss Mary Sutherland.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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