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allude
1 use
He has only once—quite vaguely—alluded to it.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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anxiety
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[Trying to conceal her anxiety.]
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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apprehensive
1 use
[Apprehensively.]
apprehensively = worried over possible misfortune
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complacent
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TESMAN. [Hums a little and smiles complacently.]  Yes, I fancy I have several good friends about town who would like to stand in my shoes—eh?
complacently = in a satisfied manner
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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comprehend
1 use
think it quite incomprehensible
incomprehensible = not understandable

(editor's note: The prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...)
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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confide
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First promise me—give me your word—that what I now confide in you Thea shall never know.
confide = tell with the understanding that what is told will be kept secret
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curt
5 uses
[Curtly and decidedly.]
curtly = in a manner that is brief to the point of rudeness
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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defer
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1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
You must be prepared to find your appointment deferred longer than you desired or expected.
deferred = postponed or delayed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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despair
5 uses
you can imagine what a state of despair he will be in when he wakens and misses the manuscript.
despair = distress
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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dubious
1 use
[Looks dubiously at her.]
dubiously = doubtfully or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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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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gesticulate
1 use
[Gesticulates with his arms.]
gesticulates = makes gestures while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I am sure Mr. Lovborg is much more inclined to remain here and have supper with me.
inclined = desirous (in the mood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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indifferent
5 uses
Why, my dearest Hedda, how can you be so indifferent about it?
indifferent = unconcerned (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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indignant
1 use
[In a tone of indignation.]
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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inevitable
1 use
People generally get used to the inevitable.
inevitable = things that are certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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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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scorn
3 uses
[To BRACK, laughing with a touch of scorn.]
scorn = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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suppress
4 uses
Suppressing an involuntary smile,
suppressing = trying to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
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vocation
5 uses
Why should not you, too, find some sort of vocation in life, Mrs. Hedda?
vocation = a particular type of job
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