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An Ideal Husband

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anguish
1 use
Pale with anguish, bewildered, helpless, she sways like a plant in the water.
anguish = extreme suffering
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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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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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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denounce
1 use
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
2 uses
I have a vague impression that they were detestable.†
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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direct
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
It gave us our direct route to India.†
direct = straightest or quickest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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discreet
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
indiscreet = embarrassing (by revealing secrets)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscreet means not and reverses the meaning of discreet. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
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
1 use
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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however
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
However, complications may...
However, I am delighted at what you tell me about Robert, thoroughly delighted.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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inarticulate
1 use
[Again tears at the bracelet in a paroxysm of rage, with inarticulate sounds.†
inarticulate = unable to express oneself clearly; or not expressed clearly
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)

or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed

The exact meaning of inarticulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
  • a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
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lax
1 use
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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nonchalant
1 use
In her most nonchalant manner
nonchalant = calm — appearing unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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paradox
3 uses
That is a paradox, sir.
paradox = a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
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platitude
2 uses
In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude.
platitude = a commonly repeated or obvious remark made as though it was insightful or instructive
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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 — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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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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