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acquaint
26 uses
Are you acquainted with Mr. Robert Ferrars?
acquainted = familiar
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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amiable
18 uses
Is she said to be amiable?
amiable = friendly and kindly
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1st useChapter 1
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benevolent
4 uses
out of the benevolence of her heart, that she had asked these young women to her house
benevolence = kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 37
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censure
14 uses
I value not her censure any more than I should do her commendation.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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1st useChapter 18
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complacent
5 uses
said she with all her accustomary complacency.
complacency = self-satisfaction without any concern

(editor's note:  Today, authors would typically write customary instead of accustomary.)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 21
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conciliatory
2 uses
This remark was not calculated to make Edward or Elinor more easy, nor to conciliate the good will of Lucy,
conciliate = lessen bad feelings and build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 36
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conjecture
16 uses
In short, I could learn nothing but that she was gone; all the rest, for eight long months, was left to conjecture.
conjecture = conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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1st useChapter 46
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Marianne remained perfectly silent, though her countenance betrayed her interest in what was said.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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1st useChapter 20
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credulous
1 use
a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing;
credulous = gullible (too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 21
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entreat
19 uses
Miss Dashwood, for half an hour—for ten minutes— I entreat you to stay.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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expedient
5 uses
Elinor was not prepared for such a question, and having no answer ready, was obliged to adopt the simple and common expedient, of asking what he meant?
expedient = an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 49
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fastidious
2 uses
That Marianne, fastidious as she was, thoroughly acquainted with Mrs. Jennings' manners, and invariably disgusted by them, should overlook every inconvenience of that kind...
fastidious = excessively concerned with matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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1st useChapter 18
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hackneyed
2 uses
I detest jargon of every kind, and sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in but what was worn and hackneyed out of all sense and meaning.
hackneyed = lacking 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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1st useChapter 18
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impetuous
2 uses
they had gone through the subject again and again; and with the same steady conviction and affectionate counsel on Elinor's side, the same impetuous feelings and varying opinions on Marianne's, as before.
impetuous = impulsive (without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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1st useChapter 31
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novel
1 use
"I wish," said Margaret, striking out a novel thought, "that somebody would give us all a large fortune apiece!"
novel = pleasantly new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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penury
1 use
His mother explained to him her liberal designs, in case of his marrying Miss Morton; told him she would settle on him the Norfolk estate, which, clear of land-tax, brings in a good thousand a-year; offered even, when matters grew desperate, to make it twelve hundred; and in opposition to this, if he still persisted in this low connection, represented to him the certain penury that must attend the match.
penury = extreme poverty or destitution
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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1st useChapter 37
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prudent
17 uses
but I was too young, and loved him too well, to be so prudent as I ought to have been.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sagacious
3 uses
Margaret's sagacity was not always displayed in a way so satisfactory to her sister.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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servile
1 use
Yes, but I had only the credit of servilely copying such sentences as I was ashamed to put my name to.
servilely = demeaningly obeying commands
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 44
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zeal
3 uses
He had abundantly earned the privilege of intimate discussion of her sister's disappointment, by the friendly zeal with which he had endeavoured to soften it,
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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