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Anne Of Green Gables
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aesthetic
1 use
"Messy things," said Marilla, whose aesthetic sense was not noticeably developed.
aesthetic = appreciation of beauty and art
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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amiable
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"You'd think I ought to let Anne go to the moon if she took the notion, I've no doubt" was Marilla's amiable rejoinder.
amiable = friendly and kindly

(editor's note:  rejoinder is a synonym for reply.)
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benevolent
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she came to the door with surprise and welcome mingled on her benevolent face.
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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candid
1 use
"I'm willing to own up that I made a mistake," she concluded candidly, "but I've learned a lesson."
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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capricious
1 use
Spring had come once more to Green Gables—the beautiful capricious, reluctant Canadian spring,
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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diligent
2 uses
Miss Stacy says you are bright and diligent.
diligent = hard-working and careful to get things right
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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disdain
3 uses
"Ruby Gillis thinks of nothing but beaus," said Anne disdainfully.
disdainfully = with a lack of respect

(editor's note:  beaus means boyfriends)
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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dubious
4 uses
Marilla was not to be drawn from the safe concrete into dubious paths of the abstract.
dubious = doubtful (not to be relied upon)
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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eccentric
1 use
The "Avenue," so called by the Newbridge people, was a stretch of road four or five hundred yards long, completely arched over with huge, wide-spreading apple-trees, planted years ago by an eccentric old farmer.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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furtive
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Diana preserved a discreet silence, but she and Anne exchanged furtive smiles of guilty amusement across the table.
furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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haughty
2 uses
"I'm very much obliged to you," she said haughtily as she turned away.
haughtily = condescendingly (in a superior or self-important way)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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obdurate
1 use
Breakfast, dinner, and supper were very silent meals—for Anne still remained obdurate.
obdurate = stubbornly persistent
DefinitionGenerally obdurate means:
stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
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obstinate
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There is nothing more to do except to pray and I haven't much hope that that'll do much good because, Marilla, I do not believe that God Himself can do very much with such an obstinate person as Mrs. Barry.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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ostentatious
2 uses
Anne dropped the apple as if it were a red-hot coal and ostentatiously wiped her fingers on her handkerchief.
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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pithy
1 use
"You should just think of Mrs. Allan and what would be nicest and most agreeable to her," said Marilla, hitting for once in her life on a very sound and pithy piece of advice.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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predilection
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Marilla's astonishment could not have been greater if Matthew had expressed a predilection for standing on his head.
predilection = preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
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prosaic
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That sounded so prosaic; but to my surprise I found it true.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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reprehensible
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She was as angry with herself as with Anne, because, whenever she recalled Mrs. Rachel's dumbfounded countenance her lips twitched with amusement and she felt a most reprehensible desire to laugh.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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reprove
2 uses
Marilla smothered a smile under the conviction that Anne must be reproved for such a speech.
reproved = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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veracity
1 use
The peddler had certainly spoken the truth when he declared that the dye wouldn't wash off, however his veracity might be impeached in other respects.
veracity = truthfulness
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