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The House of Mirth
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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
"But Gerty does not happen to know," Miss Bart rejoined, "that I owe every penny of that legacy."

"Good God!" Selden exclaimed, startled out of his composure by the abruptness of the statement.
abruptness = sudden and unexpected nature
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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acquire
15 uses
She knew she could not afford it, and she was afraid of acquiring so expensive a taste.
acquiring = obtaining (in this case, the habit)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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Book15 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.3
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apathy
4 uses
It left him, collapsed and breathing heavily, to an apathy so deep and prolonged that Lily almost feared the passers-by would think it the result of a seizure, and stop to offer their aid.
apathy = lack of interest and energy
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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assume   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 24 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I assume it's true
It is less mortifying to believe one's self unpopular than insignificant, and vanity prefers to assume that indifference is a latent form of unfriendliness.
assume = accept as true
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
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Book12 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.5
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2  —4 uses as in:
She assumed power
To neglect her, perhaps even to avoid her, at a time when she had most need of her friends, and then suddenly and unwarrantably to break into her life with this strange assumption of authority, was to rouse in her every instinct of pride and self-defence.
assumption = taking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
beginning to take power or responsibility
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Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.9
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3  —8 uses as in:
She assumed a false identity
But dinginess is a quality which assumes all manner of disguises;
assumes = takes on
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
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Book8 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.13
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candid
7 uses
Carry, always the soul of candour, put the case squarely to her friend.
candour = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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complacent
8 uses
The sight of Selden's dark head, in a pew almost facing her, disturbed for a moment the balance of her complacency.
complacency = contentment (unworried satisfaction)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.2
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
the sudden glimpse into his mocked and broken life disarmed her contempt for his weakness.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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deride
7 uses
She met Selden's sound of protest with a sharp derisive glance.
derisive = treating as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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detach
14 uses
Completely as he had detached himself from her, he could not yet regard her merely as a social instance;
detached = separated
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Book14 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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establish
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The revelation of this suddenly-established intimacy effectually chilled his desire to see her.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book7 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.3
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imply
14 uses
She spoke with the intention of making him see that, if his words implied a tentative allusion to her private affairs, she was prepared to meet and repudiate it.
implied = suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book14 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.14
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indifferent
14 uses
"You are mistaken," she said indifferently.
indifferently = 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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Book14 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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indignant
12 uses
Indignation quivered on her lip; but it was quelled by the secret voice which warned her that she must not quarrel with him.
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book12 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.4
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indolent
5 uses
All the secret ambitions which Mrs. Gormer's native indolence, and the attitude of her companions, kept in habitual abeyance,
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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obligation
25 uses
If you really owe your dress-maker, I will settle with her—beyond that I recognize no obligation to assume your debts.
obligation = duty
DefinitionGenerally obligation means:
a duty
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Book25 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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scrupulous
7 uses
There was no other token of her personality about the room, unless it showed itself in the scrupulous neatness of the scant articles of furniture:
scrupulous = meticulous (careful attention to detail)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
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sufficient
18 uses
But neither his wife nor his daughter was sufficiently interested to ask an explanation.
sufficiently = adequately
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book18 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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zeal
4 uses
threw herself into it with her accustomed zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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