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An Ideal Husband
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accentuate
1 use
Rouge accentuates the natural paleness of her complexion.†
accentuates = emphasizes or draws attention to
DefinitionGenerally accentuate means:
to emphasize or draw attention to
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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
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
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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contrary
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
On the contrary, she occupies a rather high position in society.†
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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defame
1 use
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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deliberate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
need to deliberate
[Speaking with great deliberation and emphasis.†
deliberation = thought or discussion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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detestable
2 uses
I have a vague impression that they were detestable.†
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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dialect
1 use
] You can come and sit down if you like, and talk about anything in the world, except the Royal Academy, Mrs. Cheveley, or novels in Scotch dialect.†
dialect = a regional variety of a language
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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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invariably
3 uses
She invariably finds it out.†
invariably = consistently or without variation
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matrimony
1 use
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
1 use
Is that quite prudent?
prudent = sensible and careful
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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
3 uses
This Argentine scheme is a commonplace Stock Exchange swindle.†
swindle = tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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taint
1 use
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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trivial
5 uses
How very trivial of him!†
trivial = unimportant
DefinitionGenerally trivial means:
of little importance; or describing  a challenge as uninteresting and easy to solve
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vulgar
2 uses
In fact, to be a bit better than one's neighbour was considered excessively vulgar and middle-class.†
vulgar = of bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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