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aesthetic
1 use
To visit one's lover, with tears and reproaches, at his own residence, was an image so agreeable to Mrs. Penniman's mind that she felt a sort of aesthetic disappointment at its lacking, in this case, the harmonious accompaniments of darkness and storm.
aesthetic = related to beauty (in this case, the beauty of a situation completely as one might imagine it)
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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agitate
8 uses
Catherine was always agitated by an introduction;
agitated = emotionally stirred up (probably made anxious)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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apparent
10 uses
Catherine came and opened it; she was apparently very quiet.
apparently = obviously
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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benevolent
1 use
a benevolent attempt to confer a distinction upon a young woman
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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brevity
2 uses
There was an imperious brevity in the tone of this inquiry, against which Mrs. Penniman felt bound to protest; the information with which she had undertaken to supply her niece was, after all, a favour.†
brevity = the use of just a few words; or lasting a short time
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capricious
1 use
It is the first time I have been told I am capricious.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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censure
1 use
He walked under the weight of this very private censure for the rest of his days
censure = harsh criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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deride
1 use
Morris had swallowed his pride and made the effort necessary to cross the threshold of her too derisive parent
derisive = treating him 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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dissent
1 use
From this assertion Mrs. Penniman saw no reason to dissent
dissent = disagree
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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earnest
9 uses
Is he in earnest about Catherine, then?
earnest = an honest and sincere state of mind
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Her father would care equally little whether Morris were established in business or transported for life.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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expedient
1 use
She wondered that this simple expedient had never occurred to her before.
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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filial
4 uses
The poor girl found her account so completely in the exercise of her affections that the little tremor of fear that mixed itself with her filial passion gave the thing an extra relish rather than blunted its edge.†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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incredulous
1 use
"I don't see why you should be incredulous," said Mrs. Almond.
incredulous = not believing
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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indifferent
4 uses
I have not been in the least indifferent.
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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inquire
14 uses
"My dear Austin," she then inquired, "do you think it is better to be clever than to be good?"
inquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
He told her which of his fellow physicians to send for, and gave her a multitude of minute directions; it was quite on the optimistic hypothesis that she nursed him.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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prudent
2 uses
Prudence before everything.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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reticent
1 use
a good deal of mysterious reticence on Mrs. Penniman's part.
reticence = reluctance to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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trifle with
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
"It seems to make you very happy that your daughter's affections have been trifled with."†
trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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