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Cyrano de Bergerac
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clandestine
1 use
Or union, without witness—secret— Clandestine—can be easily dissolved If we survive.
clandestine = secret
DefinitionGenerally clandestine means:
secret; or conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
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condescending
1 use
Blessed be the moment when you condescend— Remembering that humbly I exist
condescend = to do something considered beneath one's position or dignity
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
CYRANO(contemptuously):
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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credulous
1 use
Ah, credulity of love!
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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divine
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Divinity in every careless gesture
divinity = something that is wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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efface
1 use
Your dear thoughts have now effaced That beauty that so won me at the outset.
effaced = remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing

or:

to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
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eloquent
5 uses
He hath an eloquent tongue in telling his love?
eloquent = powerful use of language
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engender
1 use
the grave emotion that a tear engenders
engenders = causes
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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expedient
2 uses
Here are six excellent 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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frivolous
2 uses
—I come to crave your pardon.  (Ay, 'tis time
To sue for pardon, now that death may come!)
For the insult done to you when, frivolous,
At first I loved you only for your face!
frivolous = not serious
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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haughty
6 uses
DE GUICHE (controlling himself, haughtily):  Do you think I will eat your leavings?
haughtily = condescendingly (in a superior or self-important manner)
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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insolent
4 uses
The marquises in insolent attitudes seated on each side of the stage.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Monsieur
24 uses
Monsieur de Bergerac.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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novel
2 uses
CYRANO (coming nearer, passionately):
  Ay, a new tone!  In the tender, sheltering dusk
  I dare to be myself for once,—at last!
(He stops, falters):
  What say I? I know not!—Oh, pardon me—
  It thrills me,—'tis so sweet, so novel. . .
novel = pleasantly new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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obsequious
1 use
A marquis (watching De Guiche, who comes down from Roxane's box, and crosses the pit surrounded by obsequious noblemen)
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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pedantic
1 use
You might have said at least a hundred things
By varying the tone. . .like this, suppose,. . .
Aggressive:  'Sir, if I had such a nose
I'd amputate it!'  ...
Pedantic:  'That beast Aristophanes
Names Hippocamelelephantoles
Must have possessed just such a solid lump
Of flesh and bone, beneath his forehead's bump!'
...
Dramatic:  'When it bleeds, what a Red Sea!'
pedantic = too concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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prudent
3 uses
But swear he shall be prudent?
prudent = sensible and careful
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
Resign yourself, and this obedience
Will be by Heaven well recompensed.
resign = accept something undesired as unavoidable

(editor's note:  In this case, Roxane is pretending that De Guiche's letter instructs her to accept Christian as her husband against her will.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
A heart too deep for common minds to plumb, A spirit subtle, charming?
subtle = with fine distinctions that are not obvious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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whimsical
1 use
whimsical, wild, comical as he is
whimsical = playfully impulsive
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful or amusing

or:

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
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