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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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antipathy
1 use
It was the sense of his helplessness that sharpened his antipathy.
antipathy = strong dislike
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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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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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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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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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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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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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inexorable
3 uses
The inexorable facts closed in on him like prison-warders handcuffing a convict.
inexorable = unstoppable
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innocuous
1 use
Her mind was a store-house of innocuous anecdote
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb

(editor's note:  an anecdote is a synonym for story)
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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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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a negative effect
At our next meeting he made no allusion to the book, and our intercourse seemed fated to remain as negative and one-sided as if there had been no break in his reserve.†
negative = bad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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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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opulent
1 use
This display of opulence was misleading, for though he did a fairly good business it was known that his easygoing habits and the demands of his large family frequently kept him what Starkfield called "behind."
opulence = luxury
DefinitionGenerally opulent means:
magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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perfunctory
1 use
The barn was empty when the horses turned into it and, after giving them the most perfunctory ministrations they had ever received from him, he strode up to the house and pushed open the kitchen door.
perfunctory = done quickly without concern or attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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preclude
1 use
But for the moment his sense of relief was so great as to preclude all other feelings.
preclude = keep from arising
DefinitionGenerally preclude means:
keep from happening or arising
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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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