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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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broach
1 use
Just leave it to me; I will broach the subject very cleverly—I will think of something that will please him very much.
broach = bring up a topic for discussion - especially an awkward topic
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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 = in opposition to what was just said
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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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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)
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 or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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heed
2 uses
Why do you pay any heed to that?
heed = attention
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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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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inexorable
1 use
And in every single family, in one way or another, some such inexorable retribution is being exacted
inexorable = unstoppable

(editor's note:  retribution is a synonym for "punishment that is deserved")
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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 = an appearance or action to help one pretend
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prevaricate
1 use
Don't prevaricate, Nora.
prevaricate = be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
DefinitionGenerally prevaricate means:
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information; or make false statements
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prudent
1 use
I have learnt to act prudently.
prudently = with good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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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:
words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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spendthrift
4 uses
Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again?
spendthrift = someone who wastes money
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trifle with
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Pooh!—those were trifles.
trifles = things of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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