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acquiesce
2 uses
"Well, that ought to be reason enough," he acquiesced.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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candid
5 uses
The candor of Mrs. Pontellier's admission greatly pleased Mademoiselle Reisz.
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 27
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capricious
4 uses
curtains which draped the windows, and which puffed, floated, and flapped at the capricious will of a stiff breeze
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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complacent
1 use
Edna could not control a feeling which bordered upon complacency at her friend's praise, even realizing, as she did, its true worth.
complacency = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
every one immediately connected with him always deferred to his taste in such matters.
deferred = submitted or yielded
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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1st useChapter 23
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despondent
7 uses
Despondency had come upon her there in the wakeful night, and had never lifted.
despondency = depression
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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diminutive
4 uses
Mademoiselle Reisz, being exceedingly diminutive, was elevated upon cushions, as small children are sometimes hoisted at table upon bulky volumes.
diminutive = very small
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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discern
2 uses
He and his wife spoke English with an accent which was only discernible through its un-English emphasis and a certain carefulness and deliberation.
discernible = noticeable
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
The voices of Edna's disbanding guests jarred like a discordant note upon the quiet harmony of the night.
discordant = unpleasant combination of sounds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 30
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
There were paintings, selected with judgment and discrimination, upon the walls.
discrimination = good taste (by someone who appreciates fine distinctions)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 17
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dissent
2 uses
Robert proposed it, and there was not a dissenting voice.
dissenting = disagreeing
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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1st useChapter 10
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entreat
15 uses
he asked again, this time fondly, with a note of entreaty.
entreaty = pleading or attempt at persuasion
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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futile
2 uses
Robert had pursued a system of lessons almost daily; and he was nearly at the point of discouragement in realizing the futility of his efforts.
futility = pointlessness (uselessness)
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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impetuous
5 uses
He was a dark-browed, good-looking youngster of nineteen, greatly resembling his mother, but with ten times her impetuosity.
impetuosity = impulsiveness (the trait of 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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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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incessant
3 uses
They chatted incessantly:
incessantly = continuously/annoyingly
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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languish
2 uses
If he had expected to find her languishing ... he must have been greatly surprised.
languishing = suffering 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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1st useChapter 29
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Monsieur
39 uses
Monsieur Ratignolle was the first to break the pleasant charm.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book39 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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reproach
7 uses
He did not mind the entreaty, but the tone with its delicate note of pathos was like a reproach.
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
His attitude was one of hopeless resignation
resignation = 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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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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sensuous
5 uses
The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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