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A Streetcar Named Desire

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adrenaline
2 uses
She's an adrenaline junkie. She loves the rush that comes from roller coasters, skydiving, and big waves.
adrenaline = "fight or flight" stimulating hormone
DefinitionGenerally adrenaline means:
"fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress (making the body feel excited and ready for action)
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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apparent
5 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 2.1
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condescending
1 use
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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eccentric
1 use
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 1.2
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effigy
2 uses
During the Spanish Inquisition, if the condemned died before their trial was finished, they were burned in effigy.
burned in effigy = burned a crude straw man or dummy made to represent a person
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effigy means:
a model or other representation — typically of a person — often of someone hated, so that it can be mocked an abused
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1st useScene 2.2
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furtive
1 use
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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incredulous
1 use
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 3.4
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indicate
6 uses
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
indicated = pointed out (shown)
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Library40 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.1
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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luminous
1 use
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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Napoleonic code
7 uses
Louisiana's civil laws are heavily influenced by the Napoleonic code.†
Napoleonic code = French civil laws established with consistency under Napoleon and influential in much of the world (in the United States, influential in Louisiana)
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Book7 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.9
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pretentious
1 use
Some people think she's pretentious, but I admire her ambition.
pretentious = attempting to act more impressive than is deserved
DefinitionGenerally pretentious means:
acting more impressive than is deserved
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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prodigious
1 use
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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1st useScene 3.11
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 3.1
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 3.3
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solemn
5 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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speculate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.2
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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1st useScene 3.10
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vivacious
2 uses
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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