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A Streetcar Named Desire

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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
Stella rises abruptly and turns her back.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.8
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affectation
2 uses
Eunice [affectedly casual]:
affectedly = pretending to be
DefinitionGenerally affectation means:
behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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1st useScene 3.6
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amiable
3 uses
Then he speaks slowly and with false amiability.
amiability = friendliness
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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1st useScene 3.8
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audible
5 uses
She is calling barely audibly.
audibly = loud enough to be heard
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.9
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condone
2 uses
I did not condone the operation
condone = approve of; or accept without criticism
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
accept without criticism; or approve of
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
stares at her contemptuously
contemptuously = showing disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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1st useScene 1.1
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
But I guess the contract we signed is full of loopholes?
contract = written agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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deference
2 uses
comes deferentially
deferentially = with polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useScene 2.1
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diffident
1 use
He coughs diffidently.
diffidently = unassertively (as if wishing not to bother anyone)
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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1st useScene 3.3
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discreet
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
...like you handled that operation you done on my daughter, so discreetly that a hillbilly Heckler is shouting me questions about it wherever I speak?
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention or cause embarrassment (in this case, to not reveal a secret)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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disdain
1 use
She grunts disdainfully, her back to him;
disdainfully = with an air of superiority and disrespect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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1st useScene 3.1
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dubious
1 use
Blanche [dubiously]:
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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grave
3 uses
Suddenly his effusive manner collapses, as she stares at him gravely.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner

(editor's note:  Effusive is a synonym for gushing—unrestrained and enthusiastic expression of happiness or approval.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.2
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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, 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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1st useScene 3.4
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indolent
2 uses
She raises her arms and stretches, as she moves indolently back to the chair.
indolently = lazily
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useScene 3.3
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lament
11 uses
All day I've kept hearing a sort of lament that drifts through the air of this place. It says, 'Lost, lost, never to be found again.'
lament = an expression of grief (in this case, in the form of sad music)
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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1st useScene 1.1
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prescribe
4 uses
prescription for that cough
prescription = medical instructions written by a doctor

(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 prescribe means:
to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
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reproach
6 uses
I know that you're bound to reproach me - but before you do take into consideration - you left!
reproach = criticize
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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1st useScene 3.1
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serene
3 uses
Her face is serene in the early morning sunlight.
serene = calm and untroubled
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.7
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vendor
6 uses
A tamale vendor calls out as he rounds the corner.
vendor = someone who sells goods or services
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1st useScene 3.1
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