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A Doll's House

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appease
1 use
I must try and appease him some way or another.
appease = satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset)
DefinitionGenerally appease means:
satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset) — typically by giving something wanted
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
Yes, but what do you suggest as an appropriate costume for that?
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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consternation
1 use
You must not think any more about the hard things I said in my first moment of consternation, when I thought everything was going to overwhelm me.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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contrary
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
on the contrary
Not a bit. On the contrary, I feel extraordinarily lively.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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depravity
1 use
Deprave my little children?
deprave = make immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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discretion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised.
I daresay you know, like everybody else, that once, many years ago, I was guilty of an indiscretion.
indiscretion = behavior that displayed poor judgment

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
good judgment or good taste
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disheveled
1 use
The Christmas Tree is in the corner by the piano, stripped of its ornaments and with burnt-down candle-ends on its dishevelled branches.
dishevelled = disordered (messy or not tidy)

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use disheveled.)
DefinitionGenerally disheveled means:
messy (untidy or disordered) — especially of a person's clothes and hair
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eloquent
1 use
But I forgive you, nevertheless, because it is such eloquent witness to your great love for me.
eloquent = powerful use of language (In this case the word is used metaphorically since Helmer uses "it" to refer to Nora's anxiety rather than to her words.)
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entreat
1 use
Do you suppose I didn't try, first of all, to get what I wanted as if it were for myself? I told him how much I should love to travel abroad like other young wives; I tried tears and entreaties with him; I told him that he ought to remember the condition I was in, and that he ought to be kind and indulgent to me; I even hinted that he might raise a loan.
entreaties = pleadings or persuasions
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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genuine
1 use
It all depends on the signature of the name; and that is genuine, I suppose, Mrs. Helmer?
genuine = real
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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incredulous
1 use
"Nora" ("looking incredulously at her").
incredulously = with disbelief
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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indulgent
1 use
I told him ... that he ought to be kind and indulgent to me; I even hinted that he might raise a loan.
indulgent = to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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narrow-minded
5 uses
Do you think I am narrow-minded?
narrow-minded = intolerant of different beliefs; or lacking breadth of view
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perplex
1 use
The thing perplexes me altogether.
perplexes = confuses
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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pretense
2 uses
Oh, there is no necessity to keep up the pretence of ignorance.
pretence = a false appearance or action to help one pretend

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
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prudent
2 uses
I have learnt to act prudently.
prudently = with good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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reproach
1 use
Can you suppose I should ever think of such a thing as repudiating you, or even reproaching you?
reproaching = criticizing

(editor's note:  repudiating is a synonym for rejecting)
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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repudiate
1 use
Can you suppose I should ever think of such a thing as repudiating you, or even reproaching you?
repudiating = rejecting strongly

(editor's note:  reproaching is a synonym for criticizing)
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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slander
1 use
Just recall to your mind what these malicious creatures wrote in the papers about papa, and how horribly they slandered him.
slandered = falsely said things that damaged the reputation of another
DefinitionGenerally slander means:
lie to damage the reputation of another; or the lies told
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zeal
1 use
there are certain people who go zealously snuffing about to smell out moral corruption
zealously = with active interest and enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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