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acquiesce
2 uses
"Well, that ought to be reason enough," he acquiesced.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
She began to look with her own eyes; to see and to apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life.†
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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arbitrary
1 use
And Nature takes no account of moral consequences, of arbitrary conditions which we create, and which we feel obliged to maintain at any cost.
arbitrary = not based on "reality"
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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1st useChapter 38
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candid
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
your candid opinion
The candor of Mrs. Pontellier's admission greatly pleased Mademoiselle Reisz.
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 27
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capricious
4 uses
curtains which draped the windows, and which puffed, floated, and flapped at the capricious will of a stiff breeze
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 9
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complacent
1 use
Edna could not control a feeling which bordered upon complacency at her friend's praise, even realizing, as she did, its true worth.
complacency = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 18
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
every one immediately connected with him always deferred to his taste in such matters.
deferred = submitted or yielded
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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1st useChapter 23
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight—perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.†
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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1st useChapter 6
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despondent
7 uses
Despondency had come upon her there in the wakeful night, and had never lifted.
despondency = depression
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
The voices of Edna's disbanding guests jarred like a discordant note upon the quiet harmony of the night.
discordant = unpleasant combination of sounds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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discriminate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
discriminating taste
There were paintings, selected with judgment and discrimination, upon the walls.
discrimination = good taste (by someone who appreciates fine distinctions)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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1st useChapter 17
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entreat
15 uses
he asked again, this time fondly, with a note of entreaty.
entreaty = pleading or attempt at persuasion
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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1st useChapter 21
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impetuous
5 uses
He was a dark-browed, good-looking youngster of nineteen, greatly resembling his mother, but with ten times her impetuosity.
impetuosity = impulsiveness (the trait of acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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1st useChapter 20
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incessant
3 uses
They chatted incessantly:
incessantly = continuously/annoyingly
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 2
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Monsieur
39 uses
Monsieur Ratignolle was the first to break the pleasant charm.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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1st useChapter 4
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reproach
7 uses
He did not mind the entreaty, but the tone with its delicate note of pathos was like a reproach.
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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1st useChapter 29
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
His attitude was one of hopeless resignation
resignation = 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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1st useChapter 9
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scrupulous
2 uses
In the yard, which was kept scrupulously neat, were flowers and plants of every description which flourishes in South Louisiana.
scrupulously = with great care
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 17
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sensuous
5 uses
The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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1st useChapter 25
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speculate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
"Granted; as many as you like," he returned, glancing down into her eyes that were full of thoughtfulness and some speculation.
speculation = guessing or theorizing

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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1st useChapter 8
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