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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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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Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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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entreat
17 uses
I entreated, and finally attempted to force her to retire.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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insipid
1 use
And that insipid, paltry creature attending her from DUTY and HUMANITY!
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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1st useChapter 14
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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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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
As it spoke, I discerned, obscurely, a child's face looking through the window.
obscurely = in a manner that is not clearly seen
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
There was a great fire, and that was all the light in the huge apartment, whose floor had grown a uniform grey; and the once brilliant pewter-dishes, which used to attract my gaze when I was a girl, partook of a similar obscurity, created by tarnish and dust.
obscurity = the quality of being dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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perspicacity
1 use
It was a marvellous effort of perspicacity to discover that I did not love her.
perspicacity = perceptiveness and understanding
DefinitionGenerally perspicacity means:
intelligence — especially the ability to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
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Library0 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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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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querulous
1 use
Nothing was stirring except a brindled, grey cat, which crept from the ashes, and saluted me with a querulous mew.
querulous = complaining
DefinitionGenerally querulous means:
habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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1st useChapter 3
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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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subsequent
4 uses
(she was delirious, I became convinced by her subsequent actions and ravings)
subsequent = following
DefinitionGenerally subsequent means:
following something else
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1st useChapter 9
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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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1st useChapter 26
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vex
17 uses
But I have been vexed, because you wouldn't come.
vexed = annoyed
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
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Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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