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anarchist
9 uses
There is a foreign atmosphere about him, the stamp of an alien radical, a strong resemblance to the type Anarchist as portrayed, bomb in hand, in newspaper cartoons.
anarchist = someone who favors eliminating all government
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apathy
3 uses
Rocky pushes the bottle toward him apathetically.
apathetically = with a lack of enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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bourgeois
9 uses
I remember her putting on her high-and-mighty free-woman stuff, saying you were still a slave to bourgeois morality and jealousy and you thought a woman you loved was a piece of private property you owned.
bourgeois = typical of the middle class values
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits — typically used to show disapproval

or:

in Marxist theory: the property-owning class
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complacent
1 use
Rocky beams complacently and takes the glasses back to the bar.
complacently = with satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
A bitter mocking contempt creeps into his tone.
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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credulous
1 use
They've all a touching credulity concerning tomorrows.
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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denounce
6 uses
She wrote to denounce me and...
denounce = strongly criticize
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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deride
9 uses
Pearl and Margie exchange a derisive look.
derisive = mocking and disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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disdain
1 use
(...takes a greedy gulp—then sets it back on the table with a grimace of distaste—in a strange, arrogantly disdainful tone, as if he were rebuking a butler) 'Dis vine is unfit to trink.'
disdainful = full of 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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disparage
1 use
with a disparaging glance around
disparaging = critical
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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exasperated
9 uses
more exasperated than angry
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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fastidious
4 uses
He is dressed in threadbare black clothes and his white shirt is frayed at collar and cuffs, but everything about him is fastidiously clean.
fastidiously = showing an excessive concern for cleanliness
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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1st useAct 3
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furtive
4 uses
He slinks in furtively, as if he were escaping from someone.
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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guile
1 use
Jimmy has a face like an old well-bred, gentle bloodhound's, with folds of flesh hanging from each side of his mouth, and big brown friendly guileless eyes, more bloodshot than any bloodhound's ever were.
guileless = innocent — without cunning or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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indolent
1 use
He looks like an enlarged, elderly, bald edition of the village fat boy—a sly fat boy, congenitally indolent, a practical joker, a born grafter and con merchant.
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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oblivious
9 uses
They advance, their heads together, so interested in a discussion they are oblivious to everyone.
oblivious = unaware of
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paralysis
13 uses
But Lewis, his hand about to push the swinging doors open, hesitates, as though struck by a sudden paralysis of the will,
paralysis = loss of the ability to move
DefinitionGenerally paralysis means:
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
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sardonic
25 uses
masking pity behind a sardonic tone
sardonic = humorous in a mocking, cynical, or ironic way
DefinitionGenerally sardonic means:
humor in a mocking or critical way from someone who acts as though they are superior

or:

humor that is cynical or ironic
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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sullen
10 uses
His manner is sullen, his face set in gloom.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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taunt
11 uses
LARRY—(stung—furiously) Look out how you try to taunt me back into life, I warn you!
taunt = anger
DefinitionGenerally taunt means:
to intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone — especially by mocking them or hurling insults

or (as a noun): an insult or other remark intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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