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Hedda Gabler
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abundant
2 uses
Her hair is of an agreeable brown, but not particularly abundant.
abundant = present in great quantity
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amiable
1 use
I am sorry, Mrs. Hedda,—but I fear I must dispel an amiable illusion.
amiable = pleasant (friendly and kindly)
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly and kindly
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audible
2 uses
[Almost inaudibly.]
inaudibly = not capable of being heard
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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circumspect
1 use
She goes quietly and circumspectly out to the right.†
circumspectly = thoughtful of all circumstances and consequences
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comely
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MISS TESMAN is a comely and pleasantlooking lady of about sixty-five.†
comely = attractive
DefinitionGenerally comely means:
attractive — especially of a woman
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covert
1 use
[looks at him with covert scorn.]
covert = hidden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of covert means:
done in a secret or hidden way
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deplore
1 use
So deplorably— HEDDA.†
deplorably = strong regret or disapproval
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I cannot endure the thought of that!
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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evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
HEDDA:  What sort of a man is your husband, Thea?  I mean—you know—in everyday life. Is he kind to you?

MRS. ELVSTED:  [Evasively.]  I am sure he means well in everything.
evasively = in a manner that avoids directly answering a question
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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grave
1 use
She shall go to her grave looking her best.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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impetuous
1 use
[Rises impetuously.]
impetuously = impulsively (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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ingenuous
1 use
George Tesman is really an ingenuous creature,
ingenuous = lacking in sophistication or worldliness
DefinitionGenerally ingenuous means:
innocent as in lacking in sophistication or worldliness — especially in being direct and not masking feelings
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loathe
2 uses
I loathe all sorts of ugliness.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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ludicrous
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So utterly ludicrous!
ludicrous = absurd in an amusing way
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malicious
1 use
[With a smile of malice.]
malice = evil
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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nocturnal
1 use
But I thought that, as a friend of the family, it was my duty to supply you and Tesman with a full account of his nocturnal exploits.
nocturnal = nighttime
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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reproach
2 uses
For the last two years his conduct has been irreproachable.
irreproachable = beyond criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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salutation
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ELVSTED, in passing, exchanges slight salutations with the gentlemen in the inner room, then goes up to the table and gives HEDDA her hand.†
salutations = a greeting — such as "Hi",  "Dear John:", or "Ladies and Gentlemen"

or:

the act of greeting
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spontaneous
2 uses
a deed of spontaneous beauty
spontaneous = happening or arising without plan
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
happening or arising without plan (naturally)

or:

behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner (unplanned)

or:

happening without apparent external cause
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superfluous
1 use
How superfluous, how intrusive, he would be, if he were to force his way...
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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