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acquisition
2 uses
...she imposed unwittingly on the old lady and gentleman by her ingenious cordiality; gained the admiration of Isabella, and the heart and soul of her brother: acquisitions that flattered her from the first — for she was full of ambition — and led her to adopt a double character without exactly intending to deceive any one.
acquisitions = things obtained (gotten and possessed)
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
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1st useChapter 8
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
No, I'm running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him.†
attributes = traits (characteristics)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Heathcliff smiled again, as if it were rather too bold a jest to attribute the paternity of that bear to him.†
attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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1st useChapter 2
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aversion
14 uses
As lads they had an aversion to each other,
aversion = dislike
DefinitionGenerally aversion means:
dislike that leads to avoidance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
WHY won't you be candid?
candid = honest and direct
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1st useChapter 27
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding time period
I marvelled much how he, with a mind to correspond with his person, could fancy my idea of Catherine Earnshaw.†
correspond = fit together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
She was driven away, never to revisit this neighbourhood: but a regular correspondence was established between her and my master when things were more settled.†
correspondence = communication by writing letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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1st useChapter 17
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
At that crisis, a sudden inspiration descended on me; I was moved to rise and denounce Jabez Branderham as the sinner of the sin that no Christian need pardon.
descended = came
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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desist
2 uses
She held her hand interposed between the furnace-heat and her eyes, and seemed absorbed in her occupation; desisting from it only to chide the servant for covering her with sparks, or to push away a dog, now and then, that snoozled its nose overforwardly into her face.
desisting = stopping
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useChapter 3
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dilatory
1 use
Oh, these bleak winds and bitter northern skies, and impassable roads, and dilatory country surgeons!
dilatory = slow
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...and involving her in a new tumult of discord and distress.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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entreat
17 uses
I entreated, and finally attempted to force her to retire.
entreated = asked earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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interloper
1 use
And I pray that he may break your neck: take him, and he damned, you beggarly interloper!
interloper = someone or something that, without invitation, inserts itself
DefinitionGenerally interloper means:
someone or something that, without invitation, inserts itself — such as an uninvited guest at a party or a species that invades non-native territory
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1st useChapter 4
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mania
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mania surrounding the big event
The guest was now the master of Wuthering Heights: he held firm possession, and proved to the attorney — who, in his turn, proved it to Mr. Linton — that Earnshaw had mortgaged every yard of land he owned for cash to supply his mania for gaming; and he, Heathcliff, was the mortgagee.
mania = extremely strong enthusiasm —  often widely shared for something in particular
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1st useChapter 17
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mitigate
2 uses
I represented your failings in a plain light, for the purpose of mitigating her adoration.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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1st useChapter 10
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obstinate
9 uses
...but he was as obstinate as a mule,
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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petulant
5 uses
At other times, she would turn petulantly away, and hide her face in her hands, or even push him off angrily; and then he took care to let her alone, for he was certain of doing no good.
petulantly = with unreasonable anger or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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sagacious
1 use
Well, then, I must trust to my own sagacity.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 2
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stolid
1 use
The stolidity with which I received these instructions was, no doubt, rather exasperating: for they were delivered in perfect sincerity; but I believed a person who could plan the turning of her fits of passion to account, beforehand, might, by exerting her will, manage to control herself tolerably, even while under their influence; and I did not wish to 'frighten' her husband, as she said, and multiply his annoyances for the purpose of serving her selfishness.
stolidity = lack of emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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1st useChapter 11
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a close, sultry day: devoid of sunshine, but with a sky too dappled and hazy to threaten rain: and our place of meeting had been fixed at the guide-stone, by the cross-roads.
sultry = hot and humid
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