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Death of a Salesman
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agitate
2 uses
BIFF [with rising agitation]:
agitation = anxiety or upset
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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avid
1 use
HAPPY [avidly]: The Loman Brothers, heh?†
avidly = enthusiastically or with great interest
DefinitionGenerally avid means:
enthusiastic or strongly interested
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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
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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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grave
1 use
He and HAPPY gravely don their jackets.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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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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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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jovial
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.†
jovial = cheerful and friendly
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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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Library30 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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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
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remiss
1 use
I've been remiss.†
remiss = careless — especially with regard to a duty
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reproach
1 use
[Kneeling in front of her, in a fever of self-reproach] It's just—you see, Mom, I don't fit in business.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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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 mind
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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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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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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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