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Gone with the Wind

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acrimony
3 uses
The mockingbirds and the jays, engaged in their old feud for possession of the magnolia tree beneath her window, were bickering, the jays strident, acrimonious, the mockers sweet voiced and plaintive.
acrimonious = angry
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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apathy
6 uses
Love can't change to apathy in a minute.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 3.24
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censure
2 uses
And what fun to eat all you wanted without having censorious people say you weren't ladylike.
censorious = critical
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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complacent
4 uses
Scarlett seemed demure and sweet enough these days, but there was a pleased complacency in her eyes which annoyed people...
complacency = excess of self-satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
She spoke in the soft slurring voice of the coastal Georgian, liquid of vowels, kind to consonants and with the barest trace of French accent.
consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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defer
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
Here, excitement never entered in, voices were never raised, everyone deferred gently to the opinions of others...
deferred = submitted or yielded (in this case, to listening politely)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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diligent
3 uses
where Ellen had labored so diligently
diligently = carefully and persistently
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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guile
5 uses
Mammy's victories over Scarlett were hard-won and represented guile unknown to the white mind.
guile = cunning (shrewdness, cleverness)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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heresy
4 uses
But at this moment, heresy though it was, she could not help thinking the Yankees were right on this one matter, even if wrong in all others.
heresy = an opinion most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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immaterial
2 uses
My pet, as I told you before Bonnie was born, it is immaterial to me whether you have one child or twenty.
immaterial = unimportant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
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impetuous
3 uses
But Atlanta was ... as headstrong and impetuous as herself.
impetuous = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a nominal fee
Their power was nominal but they had at least been able to keep the state government in the hands of native Georgians.†
nominal = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
insignificantly small
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ostentatious
4 uses
Women who had ostentatiously crossed the street when they saw Belle coming, wondered if she remembered and trembled for fear she did.
ostentatiously = in a showy way (in an attempt to attract notice)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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quibble
2 uses
Why quibble about the Yankees earning an honest penny selling out the Union?
quibble = argue (about something unimportant)
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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ratify
5 uses
As Ashley had prophesied, there had been hell to pay since the legislature refused to ratify the amendment. [giving all races the right to vote]
ratify = approve or accept
DefinitionGenerally ratify means:
to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
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1st useChapter 4.42
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rectify
1 use
Everyone thought she had neglected her boy's religious education and thought more of Rhett for trying to rectify the matter, even if he did take the boy to the Episcopal Church instead of the Catholic.
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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reticent
5 uses
This was the answer to Ashley's reticence,
reticence = reluctance (in this case to declare love for her)
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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servile
2 uses
Formerly he had the same combination of servility and impertinence which Wilkerson possessed...
servility = submissiveness, and/or eagerness to serve and please
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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succession
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a succession of events
Scarlett could now understand a little better the boy who had made her wife, widow and mother in such rapid succession.
succession = sequence (one after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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zeal
2 uses
I'm afraid your Uncle Henry has a black eye due to Mr. Merriwether's zeal for his part.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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