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amiable
2 uses
An elderly gentleman of the amiable military type
amiable = friendly and kindly
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conciliatory
2 uses
he was about as conciliatory to conventional mortals as Ibsen or Samuel Butler.
conciliatory = to act in a manner intended to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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condescending
2 uses
as if condescending to a trivial subject out of pure kindness
condescending = doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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contempt
1 use
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feels contempt towards her
I am expressing my righteous contempt for Commercialism.
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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deference
2 uses
He gets out of her way deferentially and apologizes.
deferentially = with polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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deprecate
3 uses
General hubbub, mostly sympathetic to the flower girl, but deprecating her excessive sensibility.
deprecating = belittling or disapproving

or:

belittling (minimizing or diminishing the value of) oneself
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to diminish or treat something as unimportant or of low quality; or to express disapproval
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deride
3 uses
He storms and bullies and derides; but she stands up to him so ruthlessly that the Colonel has to ask her from time to time to be kinder to Higgins;
derides = treats as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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dialect
9 uses
I am myself a student of Indian dialects;
dialects = regional varieties of a language
DefinitionGenerally dialect means:
a regional variety of a language
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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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disdain
3 uses
He takes off his hat to Mrs. Pearce, who disdains the salutation and goes out.
disdains = ignores (as though not worthy of her notice)
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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haughty
2 uses
[Her daughter repudiates her with an angry shrug and retires haughtily.]
haughtily = condescendingly (in a superior or self-important manner)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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impetuous
2 uses
He is, in fact, but for his years and size, rather like a very impetuous baby "taking notice" eagerly and loudly, and requiring almost as much watching to keep him out of unintended mischief.
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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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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induce
1 use
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induce her to
I induced the editor of a leading monthly review to commission an article from Sweet on the imperial importance of his subject.
induced = convinced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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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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remonstrate
3 uses
PICKERING [in good-humored remonstrance] Does it occur to you, Higgins, that the girl has some feelings?
remonstrance = arguing in protest
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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reproach
2 uses
He walks straight to Higgins, and accosts him with vehement reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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repudiate
3 uses
he had become a sort of walking repudiation of Oxford and all its traditions.
repudiation = strong rejection
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
MRS. PEARCE [only half resigned to it] Very well, sir. It's for you to say.
resigned = acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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resolute
7 uses
[He makes resolutely for the door]
resolutely = with firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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