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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
You arranged everything according to your own taste,
according to = in keeping with (based upon)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
And you were to appear to do it of your own accord; you were to conceal from me the fact of his having been here; didn't he beg that of you too?
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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anxiety
5 uses
It will be splendid to have heaps of money and not need to have any anxiety, won't it?
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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capricious
2 uses
my capricious little Capri maiden
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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contradict
1 use
You mustn't contradict her.
contradict = disagree with
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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earnest
4 uses
I say that we have never sat down in earnest together to try and get at the bottom of anything.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I could not endure life without work.
endure = suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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expedient
2 uses
Or perhaps that you have some expedient for raising the money soon?
expedient = an action that is 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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forsake
2 uses
And is it with a clear and certain mind that you forsake your husband and your children?
forsake = abandon or give up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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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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hypocrite
2 uses
Just think how a guilty man like that has to lie and play the hypocrite with everyone, how he has to wear a mask in the presence of those near and dear to him, even before his own wife and children.
hypocrite = someone who violates claimed moral standards
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imply
1 use
You seemed to me to imply that with me you might have been quite another man.
imply = suggest
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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indifferent
1 use
"Be so good as to go into the study then. " [She bows indifferently to him and shuts the door into the hall]
indifferently = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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lucrative
2 uses
Was there anything else to understand except what was obvious to all the world—a heartless woman jilts a man when a more lucrative chance turns up.
lucrative = profitable
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malicious
1 use
Just recall to your mind what these malicious creatures wrote in the papers about papa, and how horribly they slandered him.
malicious = wanting to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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nevertheless
1 use
But I forgive you, nevertheless, because it is such eloquent witness to your great love for me.
nevertheless = in spite of what was just said (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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oblige
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
I couldn't let my children be shabbily dressed; I have felt obliged to use up all he gave me for them, the sweet little darlings!
obliged = required (obligated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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obstinate
4 uses
Now, then, little Miss Obstinate.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes

(editor's note:  In this conversation, Helmer calls his wife by this name to stress his opinion that she is behaving in that manner in unreasonably persisting that he should not fire Krogstad.)
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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scrupulous
1 use
I am in the power of an unscrupulous man
unscrupulous = unethical

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulous means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulous. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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trifle
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Pooh!—those were trifles.
trifles = things of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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