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A Streetcar Named Desire
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adrenaline
2 uses
... I woke up, I didn't know where I was or who I was with, I got panicky ... adrenalin was released and I got short-winded.†
Adrenalin = a trademark name for the chemical that is the "fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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apparent
5 uses
in this area it is very important that Chance's attitude should be self-recognition but not self-pity — a sort of deathbed dignity and honesty apparent in it.
apparent = obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 2.1
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condescending
1 use
It sounds condescending.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
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
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eccentric
1 use
I gave people more than I took. Middle-aged people I gave back a feeling of youth. Lonely girls? Understanding, Appreciation! An absolutely convincing show of affection. Sad people, lost people? Something light and uplifting! Eccentrics? Tolerance, even odd things they long for...
eccentrics = people who are strange or unconventional
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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furtive
1 use
[He has removed a pink capsule from his pocket, quickly and furtively, and drunk it down with his vodka.]
furtively = while 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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incredulous
1 use
  Stella [slowly and emphatically]: I'm not in anything I want to get out of.
  Blanche [incredulously]: What - Stella?
incredulously = not believing what she's heard
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.4
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indicate
6 uses
[Scotty re-enters from the bathroom and indicates to Tom Junior that Chance is not there.]
indicates = expresses (in this case by gesturing)
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Library38 uses in 10 avg bks
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indifferent
2 uses
Y'know how indifferent I am to money.
indifferent = uninterested
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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indulgent
1 use
Since earliest manhood the centre of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens.
indulgence = excessive enjoyment
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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luminous
1 use
He has the length and leanness and luminous pallor efface that El Greco gave to his saints.
luminous = glowing
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Napoleonic code
7 uses
There is such a thing in this State of Louisiana as the Napoleonic code, according to which...
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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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
There is some obscure meaning in this but I fail to catch it.
obscure = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.9
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pretentious
1 use
I'm pretentious.
pretentious = trying to appear more impressive than is deserved
DefinitionGenerally pretentious means:
acting more impressive than is deserved
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prodigious
1 use
Stanley [prodigiously elated]:
prodigiously = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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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promiscuous
2 uses
Tom Junior: How about your well-known promiscuity, Papa?†
promiscuity = indiscriminate (non-selective) — especially having many sexual partners
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
Blanche: You thought I'd been fired?
Stella: No, I - thought you might have - resigned...
resigned = quit (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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.1
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revere
1 use
I attempt to instill a bunch of bobby-soxers and drug-store Romeos with reverence for Hawthorne and Whitman and Poe!
reverence = deep respect and admiration
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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sinuous
2 uses
The shadows and lurid reflections move sinuously as flames along the wall spaces.†
sinuously = curving in and out
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solemn
5 uses
I don't know what's the matter, we're all so solemn.
solemn = serious (in this case, overly serious, or not cheerful)
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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vivacious
2 uses
Stella for Starl [She begins to speak with feverish vivacity as if she feared for either of them to stop and think.†
vivacity = engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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