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chronicle
2 uses
Yes, but it usually chronicles the things that have never happened, and couldn't possibly have happened.†
chronicles = a record of events (typically written) or the act of recording or telling of the events
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consequence
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
You are the son of my poor sister, Mrs. Moncrieff, and consequently Algernon's elder brother.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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cynical
2 uses
For heaven's sake, don't try to be cynical.†
cynical = someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
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detestable
1 use
] Detestable girl!†
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dictate a letter
I delight in taking down from dictation.†
dictation = say out loud for the purpose of recording
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effrontery
1 use
What effrontery!
effrontery = impolite boldness
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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grave
5 uses
But have you any grave doubts on the subject?
grave = serious (important)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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immaterial
1 use
The line is immaterial.†
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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indifferent
2 uses
Even before I met you I was far from indifferent to you.
indifferent = without interest
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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indignant
8 uses
[Jack looks indignantly at him, and leaves the room.]
indignantly = angered at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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interpose
1 use
[Interposing.†
interposing = to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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invariably
2 uses
Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne?†
invariably = consistently or without variation
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notorious
1 use
Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John!†
notorious = well known for something bad
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persistent
1 use
And you do not seem to realise, dear Doctor, that by persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.†
persistently = in a continuing manner — especially despite difficulties or opposition
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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pretense
1 use
This afternoon during my temporary absence in London on an important question of romance, he obtained admission to my house by means of the false pretence of being my brother.
pretence = pretending
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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recumbent
1 use
Rise, sir, from this semi-recumbent posture.
recumbent = lying down
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repentance
2 uses
That looks like repentance.†
repentance = to feel regret for having done wrong and to desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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reproach
1 use
Whatever unfortunate entanglement my dear boy may have got into, I will never reproach him with it after we are married.
reproach = criticize
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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scoundrel
2 uses
You young scoundrel, Algy, you must get out of this place as soon as possible.†
scoundrel = someone without moral principles
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speculate
2 uses
there is no use speculating on that subject.
speculating = thinking or guessing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to guess without certainty

or:

to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
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