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agitate
26 uses
These last words were uttered in a tone of sorrowful agitation.
agitation = the act of stirring up (emotionally or physically); or emotional unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Book26 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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anxiety
24 uses
said Mrs. Moss, with some anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book24 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.9
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apathy
1 use
Mr. Tulliver, even between the fits of spasmodic rigidity which had recurred at intervals ever since he had been found fallen from his horse, was usually in so apathetic a condition that the exits and entrances into his room were not felt to be of great importance.
apathetic = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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apparent
30 uses
Tom declined that pleasure apparently, for he tried to draw his hand away.
apparently = obviously
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book30 uses
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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capricious
5 uses
if, on the reading of your will, you sank in the opinion of your fellow-men, either by turning out to be poorer than they expected, or by leaving your money in a capricious manner, without strict regard to degrees of kin.
capricious = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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clergy
6 uses
"Ay, that's true," said Mr. Tulliver, almost convinced now that the clergy must be the best of schoolmasters.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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complacent
8 uses
The poor wife, with her withered beauty, smiled complacently.
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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.2
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conciliatory
5 uses
And Maggie had forgotten even her hunger at that moment in the desire to conciliate gypsy opinion.
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.4
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Tom had a profound contempt for this nonsense of Maggie's,
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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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...slowly, as if he were trying to defer the moment of a painful parting.
defer = postpone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.2
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deride
2 uses
Maggie seemed to be listening to a chorus of reproach and derision.
derision = treatment 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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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endure
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
endured the pain
...felt it impossible that she should go down to dinner and endure the severe eyes and severe words of her aunts,
endure = suffer through (or put up with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book13 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Now and then that sort of enthusiasm finds a far-echoing voice that comes from an experience springing out of the deepest need; and it was by being brought within the long lingering vibrations of such a voice that Maggie, with her girl's face and unnoted sorrows, found an effort and a hope that helped her through years of loneliness, making out a faith for herself without the aid of established authorities and appointed guides; for they were not at hand, and her need was pressing.†
established = proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.3
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expedient
4 uses
At length, in a case of aberration such as this, comment presented itself as more expedient than any answer.
expedient = speedy or practical; or 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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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hypothesis
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
There was something rather bold in Miss Tulliver's direct gaze, and something undefinably coarse in the style of her beauty, which placed her, in the opinion of all feminine judges, far below her cousin Miss Deane; for the ladies of St. Ogg's had now completely ceded to Lucy their hypothetic claims on the admiration of Mr. Stephen Guest.†
hypothetic = possibly real, but not known for sure to be real
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.7
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imply
16 uses
His tone implied something more than mere hopefulness or resolution.
implied = suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book16 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.2
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indifferent
30 uses
But she was not looking indifferent now.
indifferent = without 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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Book30 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.6
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indignant
27 uses
The indignant fire in her eyes was quenched, and she began to look at him with timid distress.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book27 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
...how could I be resigned to the loss of the one thing which had ever come to me on earth with the promise of such deep joy...
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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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.3
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resolute
13 uses
Poor Tom bore his severe pain heroically, and was resolute in not "telling" of Mr. Poulter more than was unavoidable;
resolute = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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