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Pride and Prejudice

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acrimony
1 use
It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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amiable
36 uses
He is perfectly amiable.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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1st useChapter 3
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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend misfortune
They agree with me in apprehending that this false step in one daughter will be injurious to the fortunes of all the others; for who, as Lady Catherine herself condescendingly says, will connect themselves with such a family?†
apprehending = fearing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
fear, or anticipate with worry
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attribute
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
Something, he supposed, might be attributed to his connection with them, but yet he had never met with so much attention in the whole course of his life.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
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 24
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Elizabeth admired the command of countenance with which...
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
...affording her their personal protection and countenance, is such a sacrifice to her advantage...
countenance = acceptance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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digress
1 use
In describing to her all the grandeur of Lady Catherine and her mansion, with occasional digressions in praise of his own humble abode, and the improvements it was receiving, he was happily employed until the gentlemen joined them; and he found in Mrs. Phillips a very attentive listener, whose opinion of his consequence increased with what she heard, and who was resolving to retail it all among her neighbours as soon as she could.
digressions = wanderings off topic

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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dilatory
2 uses
His family knew him to be, on all common occasions, a most negligent and dilatory correspondent; but at such a time they had hoped for exertion.
dilatory = slow
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
She has been allowed to dispose of her time in the most idle and frivolous manner, and to adopt any opinions that came in her way.
dispose = use up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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1st useChapter 47
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
He paused in hopes of an answer; but his companion was not disposed to make any; and Elizabeth at that instant moving towards them, he was struck with the action of doing a very gallant thing, and called out to her: "My dear Miss Eliza, why are you not dancing?"
disposed = inclined (or motivated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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dissemble
1 use
You can hardly doubt the purport of my discourse, however your natural delicacy may lead you to dissemble; my attentions have been too marked to be mistaken.
dissemble = hide or disguise the truth
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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duplicity
2 uses
If I were not afraid of judging harshly, I should be almost tempted to say that there is a strong appearance of duplicity in all this.
duplicity = deception
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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hackneyed
1 use
But that expression of "violently in love" is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea.
hackneyed = lacking in impact due to too much previous exposure
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
...and there he would continue, nominally engaged with one of the largest folios in the collection, but really talking to Mr. Bennet, with little cessation, of his house and garden at Hunsford.†
nominally = officially
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 42 uses
1  —26 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Mr. Bingley was obliged to be in town the following day, and, consequently, unable to accept the honour of their invitation, etc.
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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1st useChapter 3
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2  —12 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
The house, furniture, neighbourhood, and roads, were all to her taste, and Lady Catherine's behaviour was most friendly and obliging.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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1st useChapter 5
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3  —4 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
"I am much obliged to your ladyship for your kind invitation," replied Elizabeth, "but it is not in my power to accept it."
obliged = grateful or indebted
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pedantic
1 use
Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
pedantic = excessive concern with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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reprehensible
3 uses
She could only imagine, however, at last that she drew his notice because there was something more wrong and reprehensible, according to his ideas of right, than in any other person present.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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sagacious
1 use
Young ladies have great penetration in such matters as these; but I think I may defy even your sagacity, to discover the name of your admirer.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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