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Pygmalion

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audacious
1 use
Your daughter had the audacity to come to my house and ask me to teach her how to speak properly so that she could get a place in a flower-shop.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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blasphemy
1 use
That's middle class blasphemy.
blasphemy = something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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consonant
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
consonant or vowel?
As if I ever stop thinking about the girl and her confounded vowels and consonants.
consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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decorum
1 use
[He goes out with impressive decorum, and spoils it by slamming the door savagely]
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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didactic
2 uses
who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic.
didactic = intended to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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diffident
1 use
Here I am, a shy, diffident sort of man.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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dogmatic
1 use
HIGGINS [dogmatically, ...] Well, I haven't. I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and...
dogmatically = stating his opinion as though it were absolute truth
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
And it is notable that though she never nags her husband, and frankly loves the Colonel as if she were his favorite daughter, she has never got out of the habit of nagging Higgins that was established on the fatal night when she won his bet for him.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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extricate
1 use
He goes to the divan, stumbling into the fender and over the fire-irons on his way; extricating himself with muttered imprecations; and finishing his disastrous journey by throwing himself so impatiently on the divan that he almost breaks it.
extricating = freeing or removing from constraint or difficulty
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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impudent
2 uses
HIGGINS [disagreeably surprised] Damn his impudence!
impudence = improper boldness or disrespect
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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indifferent
4 uses
Some of the acquaintances to whom she had been a tedious or indifferent or ridiculous affliction, dropped her:
indifferent = without interest (average)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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inevitable
1 use
though to some extent ridiculed and mimicked in West Kensington ... she was accepted as a rational and normal—or shall we say inevitable?
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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languish
1 use
It exasperated her to think that the dungeon in which she had languished for so many unhappy years had been unlocked all the time,
languished = suffered in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
As it was, he impressed himself professionally on Europe to an extent that made his comparative personal obscurity, and the failure of Oxford to do justice to his eminence, a puzzle to foreign specialists in his subject.
obscurity = the condition of not standing out or being well known by many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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obstinate
1 use
Freddy backed up Eliza in her obstinate refusal to believe that they could save money by engaging a bookkeeper with some knowledge of the business.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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pedantic
1 use
LIZA [speaking with pedantic correctness of pronunciation and great beauty of tone] How do you do, Mrs. Higgins?
pedantic = excessive concern with formal rules, details, or book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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perfunctory
1 use
He perfunctorily thrusts them into his pockets, unconsciously decorating himself with the protruding ends of the chains.
perfunctorily = done quickly without concern or attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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petulant
1 use
His manner varies from genial bullying when he is in a good humor to stormy petulance when anything goes wrong;
petulance = unreasonable annoyance and irritability
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Only, Clara is so down on me if I am not positively reeking with the latest slang.†
positively = with certainty; or absolutely (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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prudent
1 use
it makes a man feel prudent like; and then goodbye to happiness.
prudent = sensible and careful
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