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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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ameliorate
1 use
Schools were established among them, and benevolent societies were active in efforts to ameliorate their condition.
ameliorate = improve
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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anxiety
12 uses
A new anxiety began to trouble me.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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benevolent
2 uses
a benevolent gentleman in many respects, but aristocratic and pro-slavery.
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 8 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
I asked him if he didn't know it was contrary to law; and that slaves were whipped and imprisoned for teaching each other to read.
contrary to = in opposition to
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2  —5 uses as in:
on the contrary
I was doing harm to no one; on the contrary, I was doing all the good I could in my small way; yet I could never go out to breathe God's free air without trepidation at my heart.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
Meantime, we would take it for granted that all were friends, till they proved to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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credulous
1 use
Grandmother tried to cheer us with hopeful words, and they found an echo in the credulous hearts of youth.
credulous = trusting (willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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depravity
1 use
O, the depravity of your hearts!
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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diligent
2 uses
I would sit by her side for hours, sewing diligently,
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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disdain
1 use
But though his lips disdained to address me, his eyes were very loquacious.
disdained = rejected as not good enough (in this case, rejecting her as not worthy of his speaking to her)
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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earnest
19 uses
He had a most earnest desire to learn to read.
earnest = serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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epicure
1 use
Dr. Flint was an epicure.
epicure = a person devoted to a refined taste for food
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Schools were established among them, and benevolent societies were active in efforts to ameliorate their condition.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 8
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incessant
3 uses
she looked sorrowful and weary—weary of incessant strife.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 15
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inquire
32 uses
The anti-slavery friend had come to inquire into my plans, and to offer assistance, if needed.
inquire = ask about or look into something
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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1st useChapter 27
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malevolent
1 use
They were the objects of her constant suspicion and malevolence.
malevolence = the desire to do evil or to hurt others
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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perpetrator
2 uses
There was a jail and a whipping post on his grounds; and whatever cruelties were perpetrated there, they passed without comment.
perpetrated = done [things wrong or illegal]
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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1st useChapter 9
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scrupulous
2 uses
He was scrupulous about taking any money from his master
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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stagnate
1 use
I watched the tide of life that flowed through the streets, and found it a strange contrast to the stagnation in our Southern towns.
stagnation = lack of development

(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 stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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trepidation
1 use
I could never go out to breathe God's free air without trepidation at my heart.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what might happen
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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