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animate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
animated by her strong belief
LUBOV. [Animated] Excellent. We'll go out.
animated = in a lively manner (with energy or enthusiasm)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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anxiety
1 use
I've two anxieties, though.
anxieties = things that cause worry
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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candid
2 uses
forgive my speaking candidly, but that man has robbed you!
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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cultivate
1 use
he'll begin to cultivate his patch of land, and then your cherry orchard will be happy, rich, splendid.
cultivate = make land suitable for growing plants
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development — such as:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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expulsion
1 use
He's already been expelled twice from the university.
expelled = forced out of an organization
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
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frivolous
1 use
I've never met such frivolous people as you before, or anybody so unbusinesslike
frivolous = lacking in appropriate seriousness
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
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inquiry
1 use
please make inquiries if Fiers has been sent to the hospital.
inquiries = investigate by asking questions
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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insistent
1 use
FIERS. [... in an insistent tone] You've put on the wrong trousers again. What am I to do with you?
insistent = firm (demanding)
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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magnanimous
1 use
be just a little magnanimous, and have mercy on me.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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mortgage
4 uses
Two hundred and forty roubles ... to pay the interest on the mortgage.
mortgage = a real estate loan agreement that promises to turn the real estate over to the lender if the loan isn't paid
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mystic
1 use
There's something mystical about the proud man, in your sense.
mystical = relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Nietzsche
2 uses
And have you read Nietzsche?
Nietzsche = influential German philosopher remembered for his concept of the superman and for his rejection of Christian values; considered, along with Kierkegaard, to be a founder of existentialism (1844-1900)
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peasant
11 uses
they treat the peasants like animals
peasants = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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petty
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a petty crime
He's a petty thief, a nobody.
petty = of less importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of petty means:
of less importance — at times implying insignificance
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
For it's so clear that in order to begin to live in the present we must first redeem the past, and that can only be done by suffering, by strenuous, uninterrupted labour.
redeem = make up for (something bad)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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senile
1 use
VARYA. He's been mumbling away for three years. We're used to that.

YASHA. Senile decay.
senile = mental weakness caused by old age
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strenuous
1 use
that can only be done by suffering, by strenuous, uninterrupted labour.
strenuous = difficult
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
characterizes physical or mental actions as difficult or requiring endurance; or as performed energetically
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vex
1 use
LUBOV. [Slightly vexed] Why do you laugh?
vexed = annoyed
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
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vulgar
3 uses
As if I'd ever given her grounds to believe I'd stoop to such vulgarity!
vulgarity = bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated behavior)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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wretch
4 uses
But he's a wretch, you alone don't know it!
wretch = a person of bad character
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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