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Ethan Frome

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abhor
2 uses
Now she had mastered him and he abhorred her.
abhorred = hated or detested
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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audacious
1 use
she laughed with him, as if she liked his audacity.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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1st useChapter 9
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benevolent
1 use
Mrs. Hale leaned forward, her pink wrinkles twinkling with benevolence.
benevolence = kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 8
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bronze
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Ethan Frome drove in silence, the reins loosely held in his left hand, his brown seamed profile, under the helmet-like peak of the cap, relieved against the banks of snow like the bronze image of a hero.
bronze = made of a brownish metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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compunction
1 use
Her look smote him with compunction, and he cried out, as if he saw her drowning in a dream:
compunction = a feeling of deep regret and guilt
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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conjecture
1 use
Mrs. Hale glanced at me tentatively, as though trying to see how much footing my conjectures gave her; and I guessed that if she had kept silence till now it was because she had been waiting, through all the years, for some one who should see what she alone had seen.
conjectures = guesses (opinions based on inconclusive evidence)
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
He laughed contemptuously:
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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1st useChapter 9
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convivial
2 uses
They hailed Ethan with ironic compliment and offers of conviviality;
conviviality = a friendly, festive atmosphere
DefinitionGenerally convivial means:
friendly and fun — especially (when of a person) fond of the pleasures of good company
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devious
1 use
By a devious track between the fields they wound back to the Starkfield road.
devious = indirect

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of devious. More commonly it is used to mean:  deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devious means:
deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
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discern
2 uses
In another moment she would step forth into the night, and his eyes, accustomed to the obscurity, would discern her as clearly as though she stood in daylight.
discern = see
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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disdain
1 use
he said disdainfully.
disdainfully = with a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Her nearest relations had been induced to place their savings in her father's hands, and though, after his death, they ungrudgingly acquitted themselves of the Christian duty of returning good for evil by giving his daughter all the advice at their disposal, they could hardly be expected to supplement it by material aid.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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1st useChapter 3
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effrontery
1 use
Denis Eady was the son of Michael Eady, the ambitious Irish grocer, whose suppleness and effrontery had given Starkfield its first notion of "smart" business methods, and whose new brick store testified to the success of the attempt.
effrontery = impolite boldness
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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impudent
1 use
Now and then he turned his eyes from the girl's face to that of her partner, which, in the exhilaration of the dance, had taken on a look of almost impudent ownership.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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1st useChapter 1
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indolent
1 use
The only drawback to his complete well-being was the fact that he could not see Mattie from where he sat; but he was too indolent to move
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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languid
3 uses
She looked up at him languidly, as though her lids were weighted with sleep and it cost her an effort to raise them.
languidly = slowly and without much energy
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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1st useChapter 5
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obstinate
2 uses
"Well, I'd like to talk to you about it," said Zeena obstinately.
obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 1
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
The stillness was so profound that he heard a little animal twittering somewhere near by under the snow.
profound = intense
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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1st useChapter 9
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prudent
3 uses
pride, and an instinctive prudence, kept him from resorting to this argument.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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1st useChapter 4
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reproach
1 use
It was neither whining nor reproachful, but drily resolute.
reproachful = critical
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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1st useChapter 7
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