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An Ideal Husband
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caustic
1 use
[Caustically.†
caustically = sarcastically or critically
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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conservatory
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plants in the conservatory
I shall be in the conservatory under the second palm tree on the left.
conservatory = a room where plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conservatory means:
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
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defame
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But I am defamed in her eyes.
defamed = with a reputation damaged through false statements
DefinitionGenerally defame means:
to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
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denounce
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Why, he denounced it roundly, and the whole system of modern political finance.
denounced = strongly criticized
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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detestable
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I have a vague impression that they were detestable.†
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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discreet
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discreet--not showy or gossipy
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
indiscreet = embarrassing (by revealing secrets)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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expound
1 use
With that wonderfully fascinating quiet voice of his he expounded to us the most terrible of all philosophies, the philosophy of power, preached to us the most marvellous of all gospels, the gospel of gold.†
expounded = explained or discussed in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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filial
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] How very filial!†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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heresy
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it is heresy to say that in this house
heresy = an action considered immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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ignoble
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I am ignoble in her eyes.†
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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lax
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Noble contrast to the lax morality so common among foreign politicians.
lax = lacking in strictness or strength
DefinitionGenerally lax means:
relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
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matrimony
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It is too matrimonial.†
matrimonial = marriage (or related to marriage)
DefinitionGenerally matrimony means:
the state of being a married
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nonchalant
1 use
In her most nonchalant manner
nonchalant = calm — appearing unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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prudent
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Is that quite prudent?
prudent = sensible and careful
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ravishing
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[Enter MABEL CHILTERN, in the most ravishing frock.†
ravishing = stunningly attractive
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remorse
2 uses
I don't say that I suffered any remorse.
remorse = regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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reproach
1 use
Robert must be above reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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supercilious
1 use
MRS. CHEVELEY [Superciliously.†
superciliously = in an arrogant manner
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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swindle
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This Argentine scheme is a commonplace Stock Exchange swindle.†
swindle = tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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taint
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And money that comes from a tainted source is a degradation.
tainted = bad (so it is not desirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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