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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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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a direct consequence of
He always seems to think that he is addressing the House, and consequently whenever he discusses the state of the agricultural labourer, or the Welsh Church, or something quite improper of that kind, I am obliged to send all the servants out of the room.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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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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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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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
1 use
] 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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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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malicious
1 use
—a little out of malice if you like—but really to ask if a diamond brooch of mine had been found.†
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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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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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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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 — sometimes more specifically describing a challenge as easy and uninteresting
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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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