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Hedda Gabler

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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
1 use
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-" in incomprehensible means not and reverses the meaning of comprehensible. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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confide
4 uses
First promise me—give me your word—that what I now confide in you Thea shall never know.
confide = place trust (in someone) and talk about private things
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
to place trust (in someone) by talking about private things or telling secrets
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curt
5 uses
[Curtly and decidedly.]
curtly = in a manner that uses few words or is abrupt and perhaps discourteous or rude
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
You must be prepared to find your appointment deferred longer than you desired or expected.
deferred = delayed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
you can imagine what a state of despair he will be in when he wakens and misses the manuscript.
despair = distress (at inability to fix a bad situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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dubious
1 use
[Looks dubiously at her.]
dubiously = doubtfully or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor 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, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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indignant
1 use
[In a tone of indignation.]
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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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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

(Editor's note:  The prefix ir- is often used in front of words that start with R to mean not. That reverses the meaning of the word as seen in words like irrational, irregular, and irresistible. The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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scorn
3 uses
[To BRACK, laughing with a touch of scorn.]
scorn = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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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
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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