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The Mill on the Floss
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agitate
26 uses
These last words were uttered in a tone of sorrowful agitation.
agitation = the act of stirring up (emotionally or physically); or emotional unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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anxiety
24 uses
said Mrs. Moss, with some anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.9
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apathy
1 use
Mr. Tulliver, even between the fits of spasmodic rigidity which had recurred at intervals ever since he had been found fallen from his horse, was usually in so apathetic a condition that the exits and entrances into his room were not felt to be of great importance.
apathetic = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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apparent
30 uses
Tom declined that pleasure apparently, for he tried to draw his hand away.
apparently = obviously
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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capricious
5 uses
if, on the reading of your will, you sank in the opinion of your fellow-men, either by turning out to be poorer than they expected, or by leaving your money in a capricious manner, without strict regard to degrees of kin.
capricious = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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clergy
6 uses
"Ay, that's true," said Mr. Tulliver, almost convinced now that the clergy must be the best of schoolmasters.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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complacent
8 uses
The poor wife, with her withered beauty, smiled complacently.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4.2
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conciliatory
5 uses
And Maggie had forgotten even her hunger at that moment in the desire to conciliate gypsy opinion.
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.4
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Tom had a profound contempt for this nonsense of Maggie's,
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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deride
2 uses
Maggie seemed to be listening to a chorus of reproach and derision.
derision = treatment 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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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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discern
14 uses
Now superficial people never discern that...
discern = to notice or understand something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.6
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endure
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
endured the pain
...felt it impossible that she should go down to dinner and endure the severe eyes and severe words of her aunts,
endure = suffer through (or put up with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book13 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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expedient
4 uses
At length, in a case of aberration such as this, comment presented itself as more expedient than any answer.
expedient = speedy or practical; or an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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imply
16 uses
His tone implied something more than mere hopefulness or resolution.
implied = suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 2.2
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indifferent
30 uses
But she was not looking indifferent now.
indifferent = without interest
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)
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.6
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indignant
27 uses
The indignant fire in her eyes was quenched, and she began to look at him with timid distress.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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melancholy
19 uses
"I'm not going to stay a minute longer in this house. ..."
  "Dear heart, dear heart!" said Mr. Glegg in a melancholy tone, as he followed his wife out of the room.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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obstinate
13 uses
Tom's always very compliant to me; I don't think he's so obstinate.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.12
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remonstrate
15 uses
said Lucy, in a tone of remonstrance, "I don't believe a word of that."
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.11
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vex
18 uses
"No, indeed, you shall not," said Lucy, much vexed.
vexed = annoyed
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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