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acrimony
2 uses
Aunt Penniman, however, took no account of it; she spoke even with a touch of acrimony.
acrimony = anger or bitterness
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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1st useChapter 28
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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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1st useChapter 30
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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 or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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1st useChapter 7
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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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1st useChapter 14
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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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1st useChapter 15
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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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1st useChapter 25
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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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1st useChapter 1
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conciliatory
3 uses
They are more conciliating; they can persuade better.
conciliating = attempting to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 10
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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:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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1st useChapter 10
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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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1st useChapter 2
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earnest
9 uses
Is he in earnest about Catherine, then?
in earnest = serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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1st useChapter 11
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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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1st useChapter 25
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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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1st useChapter 28
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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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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1st useChapter 22
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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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1st useChapter 2
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mitigate
2 uses
Even at the age of twenty- seven Austin Sloper had made his mark sufficiently to mitigate the anomaly of his having been chosen among a dozen suitors by a young woman of high fashion, who had ten thousand dollars of income and the most charming eyes in the island of Manhattan.
mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
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1st useChapter 1
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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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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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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1st useChapter 31
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zeal
3 uses
he did his duty with exemplary zeal
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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