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agitate
50 uses
Fanny was all agitation and flutter; all hope and apprehension.
agitation = emotional unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Book50 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 24
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amiable
16 uses
I shall see no one half so amiable where I am going.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book16 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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approach
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
She tried to get the better of it; tried very hard, as the dinner hour approached, to feel and appear as usual; but it was quite impossible for her not to look most shy and uncomfortable when their visitor entered the room.†
approached = got near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Book2 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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benevolent
6 uses
The trouble and expense of it to them would be nothing, compared with the benevolence of the action.
benevolence = good done for others (kindness and generosity)
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
4 uses
He was surprised; but after a few moments' silent consideration of her, replied in a calmer, graver tone, and as if the candid result of conviction, "I believe you are right."
candid = honest and direct
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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censure
6 uses
I do not censure her "opinions"; but there certainly "is" impropriety in making them public.
censure = criticize
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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complacent
8 uses
And looking at her complacently, she added, "Humph, we certainly are a handsome family!"
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 33
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disdain
3 uses
send me an account of all the dashing young captains whom you disdain for his sake.
disdain = reject as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 25
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disparage
1 use
I mean no disparagement to Julia.
disparagement = criticism or lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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expedient
9 uses
in so doing he had sacrificed the right to the expedient
expedient = 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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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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indifferent
26 uses
Never did tone express indifference plainer.
indifference = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Book26 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indolent
10 uses
Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition,
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
As she opened, and saw its length, she prepared herself for a minute detail of happiness and a profusion of love and praise towards the fortunate creature who was now mistress of his fate.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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prudent
5 uses
It was more pleasant than prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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recollect
33 uses
In this occupation she hoped, moreover, to bury some of the recollections of Mansfield, which were too apt to seize her mind
recollections = memories
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book33 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 40
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revere
1 use
Did you think me speaking improperly, lightly, irreverently on the subject?
irreverently = with a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 34
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sanguine
12 uses
he was most earnest in hoping, and sanguine in believing, that it would be a match at last
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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scrupulous
7 uses
with a most scrupulous fear of being late
scrupulous = characterized by extreme care
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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taint
1 use
They have injured the finest mind; for sometimes, Fanny, I own to you, it does appear more than manner: it appears as if the mind itself was tainted.
tainted = spoiled
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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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zeal
5 uses
"If I were to decline the part," said Maria, with renewed zeal, "Julia would certainly take it."
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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