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acquiesce
4 uses
She curtsied her acquiescence.
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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amiable
9 uses
she need not fear to acknowledge some actual specks in the character of their father, who ... she did believe, upon serious consideration, to be not perfectly amiable.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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benevolent
1 use
received him with the simple professions of unaffected benevolence;
benevolence = kindness and generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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candid
1 use
Open, candid, artless, guileless, with affections strong but simple, forming no pretensions, and knowing no disguise.
candid = honest and direct
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complacent
3 uses
the general was shortly restored to his complacency, and Catherine to all her usual ease of spirits.
complacency = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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conciliatory
1 use
The possibility of some conciliatory message from the general occurred to her as his daughter appeared.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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conjecture
9 uses
To be guided by second-hand conjecture is pitiful.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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diligent
1 use
the unwearied diligence with which she had every day wished for the same thing was at length to have its just reward
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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discern
8 uses
her eye could not discern anything unusual
discern = to notice something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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dissent
1 use
Catherine was called on to confirm; Catherine could not tell a falsehood even to please Isabella; but the latter was spared the misery of her friend's dissenting voice, by not waiting for her answer.
dissenting = disagreeing
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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entreat
12 uses
Let me entreat you never to think of him again, my dear Catherine; indeed he is unworthy of you.
entreat = ask earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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1st useChapter 13
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expedient
5 uses
her mother, perceiving her comfortable suggestions to have had no good effect, proposed, as another expedient for restoring her spirits, that they should call on Mrs. Allen.
expedient = an action that is 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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guile
1 use
Open, candid, artless, guileless, with affections strong but simple, forming no pretensions, and knowing no disguise.
guileless = without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in guileless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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impetuous
1 use
There was a thought yet nearer, a more prevailing, more impetuous concern.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
But my affair is widely different; I bring back my heroine to her home in solitude and disgrace; and no sweet elation of spirits can lead me into minuteness.†
minuteness = detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
Dear, dear Catherine, in being the bearer of such a message, I seem guilty myself of all its insult; yet, I trust you will acquit me, for you must have been long enough in this house to see that I am but a nominal mistress of it, that my real power is nothing.†
nominal = in name, but not in reality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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rectify
1 use
Miss Thorpe, however, being four years older than Miss Morland, and at least four years better informed, had a very decided advantage in discussing such points; she could compare the balls of Bath with those of Tunbridge, its fashions with the fashions of London; could rectify the opinions of her new friend in many articles of tasteful attire; could discover a flirtation between any gentleman and lady who only smiled on each other; and point out a quiz through the thickness of a crowd.
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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scrupulous
1 use
But Isabella had promised and promised again; and when she promised a thing, she was so scrupulous in performing it!
scrupulous = very careful and diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 25
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simile
2 uses
Thorpe never finished the simile, for it could hardly have been a proper one.
simile = a comparison that highlights an attribute of something by pointing to a similarity with something of a different kind
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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venerate
1 use
The domestic, unpretending merits of a person never known do not often create that kind of fervent, venerating tenderness which would prompt a visit like yours.
venerating = regarding with feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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