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accustomed
12 uses
She grew accustomed to him.
accustomed = psychologically used to (comfortable in the situation)
DefinitionGenerally accustomed means:
to be or to become psychologically or physically used to something

(used to is an expression that means someone has adapted to and has an expectation of something so it does not seem unusual)
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alacrity
2 uses
Victor Lebrun ... accepted with alacrity.
alacrity = eagerness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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allay
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She was bien souffrante, and she was filled with vague dread, which only her husband's presence could allay.†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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altercation
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Before she saw them Edna could hear them in altercation, the woman—plainly an anomaly—claiming the right to be allowed to perform her duties, one of which was to answer the bell.†
altercation = a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
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antecedent
1 use
Nothing peculiar about her family antecedents, is there?†
antecedents = something that happened previous to something else; or anything that precedes something
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approach
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
As the day approached when he was to leave her for a comparatively long stay, she grew melting and affectionate, remembering his many acts of consideration and his repeated expressions of an ardent attachment.†
approached = got near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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comprehend
13 uses
I only half comprehend her.
comprehend = completely understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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effrontery
1 use
He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old, vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
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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expedient
1 use
She was visited by no more outbursts, moving her to such futile expedients.
expedients = actions that are 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
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Her husband noticed, and thought it was the expression of a deep filial attachment which he had never suspected.†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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indifferent
12 uses
you have made me so unhappy with your indifference.
indifference = lack of 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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inevitable
1 use
like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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insidious
1 use
They were designed for winter wear, when treacherous drafts came down chimneys and insidious currents of deadly cold found their way through key-holes.
insidious = treacherous
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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latent
1 use
He had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature's requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
latent = potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
The same mail which brought to Edna his letter of disapproval carried instructions—the most minute instructions—to a well-known architect concerning the remodeling of his home, changes which he had long contemplated, and which he desired carried forward during his temporary absence.†
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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remonstrate
2 uses
he immediately wrote her a letter of unqualified disapproval and remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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supercilious
1 use
She was not a supercilious or an over-dainty woman.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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tacit
3 uses
They seemed never before to have weighed much against the abundance of her husband's kindness and a uniform devotion which had come to be tacit and self-understood.†
tacit = implied or understood, but not expressed directly
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torpid
1 use
He had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature's requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
torpid = slow
DefinitionGenerally torpid means:
of people:  slow or inactive — usually resulting from a lack of energy and interest

or:

of animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a hibernated or dormant state all winter)
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vivacious
2 uses
There were Mr. and Mrs. Merriman, a pretty, vivacious little woman in the thirties; her husband, a jovial fellow, something of a shallow-pate, who laughed a good deal at other people's witticisms, and had thereby made himself extremely popular.
vivacious = with engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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