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Death of a Salesman

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audacious
1 use
BEN [ giving great weight to each word, and with a certain vicious audacity]:
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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audible
1 use
BIFF [at the table, now audible, holding up a gold fountain pen]:
audible = capable of being heard
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when...
contemptuous = unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She says he came to that little bridge, and then deliberately smashed into the railing, and it was only the shallowness of the water that saved him.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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earnest
2 uses
He is younger than BIFF, earnest and loyal, a worried boy.
earnest = sincere or excessively serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
BIFF [evasively]: I'm not hateful, Mom.
evasively = trying to avoid answering a question
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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insistent
1 use
On BIFF'S last insistence, WILLY is about to sit.
insistence = demand (firm request)
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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laconic
1 use
He is a large man, slow of speech, laconic, immovable.
laconic = brief and to the point when speaking
DefinitionGenerally laconic means:
using few words
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loathe
1 use
BIFF [still on the floor in front of LINDA, the flowers in his hand; with self-loathing]:
loathing = disgust or intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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mock
4 uses
Why does Dad mock me all the time?
mock = making fun of
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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monotonous
1 use
He is horrified and turns his head toward WILLY'S room, still dimly lit, from which the strains of LINDA'S desperate but monotonous humming rise.
monotonous = lacking in variety in tone and rhythm
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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ominous
1 use
She rises ominously and quietly and moves toward HAPPY, who backs up into the kitchen, afraid.
ominously = threatening or suggestive of evil or bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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pompous
1 use
I gotta show some of those pompous, self-important executives over there that Hap Loman can make the grade.
pompous = behaving with excessive self-importance
DefinitionGenerally pompous means:
behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
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recite
1 use
[The recitation continues.]
recitation = to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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repress
1 use
Most often jovial, she has developed an iron repression of her exceptions to WILLY'S behavior
repression = to hold something back

(editor's note:  In this context, exceptions is a synonym for complaints. That sense of exceptions is more commonly heard in the phrase took exception such as "She took exception to his description of her.")
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
somber colors
CHARLEY and BERNARD, somberly dressed, appear and knock on the kitchen door.
somberly = in dark, cheerless colors
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
lacking brightness or color — perhaps gloomy
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stolid
1 use
He is a stolid man, in his sixties, with a mustache and an authoritative air.
stolid = having or revealing little 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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turbulent
1 use
she admires him, as though ... his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him,
turbulent = stormy (in a state of disturbance)
DefinitionGenerally turbulent means:
a state of disturbance and disorder

or:

of liquid or gas:  rough (rapid and irregular flow)
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wither
1 use
WILLY [after a pause, withering]:
withering = becoming weaker
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
BEN [yielding]: That's a point, William.
yielding = giving in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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