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Death of a Salesman

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agitate
2 uses
BIFF [with rising agitation]:
agitation = anxiety or upset

(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.)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense 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
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dictate a letter
HOWARD: I bought it for dictation, but you can do anything with it.†
dictation = say out loud for the purpose of recording

(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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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indignant
4 uses
[Indignantly] You can't see nothing out here!
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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limber
1 use
BIFF [who has been limbering up]: I want to go!†
limbering = making flexible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of limber means:
of a person's body:  flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)

or:

readily adaptable — especially of someone's mind
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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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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mockery
4 uses
Why does Dad mock me all the time?
mock = making fun of
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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remiss
1 use
I've been remiss.†
remiss = careless — especially with regard to a duty
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sensuous
1 use
Raw, sensuous music accompanies their speech.†
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
THE WOMAN: You had two boxes of size nine sheers for me, and I want them!†
sheers = change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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temperament
1 use
Most often jovial, she has developed an iron repression of her exceptions to WILLY'S behavior—she more than loves him, she admires him, as though his mercurial nature, his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him, longings which she shares but lacks the temperament to utter and follow to their end.†
temperament = usual mood and tendencies
DefinitionGenerally this sense of temperament means:
usual mood and tendencies that come from qualities of mind and character
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library11 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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