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Hedda Gabler

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abundant
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Her hair is of an agreeable brown, but not particularly abundant.
abundant = present in great quantity
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amiable
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I am sorry, Mrs. Hedda,—but I fear I must dispel an amiable illusion.
amiable = pleasant (friendly and kindly)
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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attain
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] I thought that you, like every one else, expected him to attain the highest distinction.†
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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audible
2 uses
[Almost inaudibly.]
inaudibly = not capable of being heard

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inaudibly means not and reverses the meaning of audibly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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consternation
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[In consternation, drops the slippers on the floor.†
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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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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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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equivocal
1 use
[Laughing equivocally.]
equivocally = with meaning that is not clear
DefinitionGenerally equivocal means:
unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
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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 can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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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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interpose
1 use
[Interposing.†
interposing = to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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loathe
2 uses
I loathe all sorts of ugliness.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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ludicrous
2 uses
So utterly ludicrous!
ludicrous = absurd in an amusing way
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moreover
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And moreover a mighty huntress—of men—Mrs. Hedda.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
felt mortal agony
Oh, I was in such mortal terror!
mortal = extreme or intense
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recollect
1 use
Try to recollect.†
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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spontaneous
2 uses
a deed of spontaneous beauty
spontaneous = happening or arising without plan
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner

or:

happening naturally (without planning or external force)
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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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