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alacrity
1 use
More than two thousand raving savages broke from the forest at the signal, and threw themselves across the fatal plain with instinctive alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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apathy
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The stirring scene awakened even Munro from his apathy.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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arbitrary
1 use
"A most arbitrary, if not a hasty decision!" exclaimed Heyward, undecided whether to give vent to his growing anger, or to laugh in the other's face.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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complacent
1 use
The scout witnessed his departure with complacency,
complacency = without concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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conciliatory
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It has long been a practice with the whites to conciliate the important men of the Indians by presenting medals, which are worn in the place of their own rude ornaments.
conciliate = build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
At length, the former spoke: "You'll know, already, Major Heyward, that my family was both ancient and honorable," commenced the Scotsman; "though it might not altogether be endowed with that amount of wealth that should correspond with its degree."†
correspond = fit together (or be proportionate)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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deride
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in derision, and using the language of the Lenape, as more intelligible to the subject of her gibes, she commenced aloud:
derision = treating as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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digress
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When he had enumerated the many different occasions on which the Hurons had exhibited their courage and prowess, in the punishment of insults, he digressed in a high encomium on the virtue of wisdom.
digressed = wandered from a direct or straight course — especially verbally

(editor's note:  Encomium is a rarely used word that refers to a speech or writing that praises something.)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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disparage
1 use
nor, for that matter, do I think it would be any disparagement to a man...
disparagement = criticism
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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duplicity
1 use
He arose, and told his tale without duplicity or reservation.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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emulate
4 uses
emulating the confidence of their more experienced associates, Munro and Duncan slept without fear,
emulating = imitating
DefinitionGenerally emulate means:
imitate (copy)
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expedient
9 uses
Many different expedients were proposed by the elder warriors, in succession, to all of which Magua was a silent and respectful listener.
expedients = practical actions
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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furtive
3 uses
The youth in front threw serious but furtive glances at the mangled victims, as he stepped lightly across the plain, afraid to exhibit his feelings, and yet too inexperienced to quell entirely their sudden and powerful influence.
furtive = 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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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
All these minute particulars were noted by the scout, with a gravity and interest that they probably had never before attracted.†
minute = detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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obstinate
5 uses
The old man made a gesture of resignation, though his rigid features still betrayed his obstinate adherence to a distrust, which he derived from a sort of hereditary contempt of his enemy, rather than from any present signs which might warrant so uncharitable a feeling.
obstinate = stubborn
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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prodigal
1 use
"You understand the nature of an Indian's wishes," he concluded, as he led her toward the place where she was expected, "and must be prodigal of your offers of powder and blankets."
prodigal = abundant (extravagant in amount)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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remonstrate
6 uses
Heyward would have ventured a remonstrance had there been anything encouraging in the gloomy reserve of Magua.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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stoic
4 uses
disregarding, with characteristic stoicism, the excitement and bustle around him,
stoicism = being unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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tenable
1 use
I cannot conceal from you, sir, that the camp will not be much longer tenable;
tenable = defensible
DefinitionGenerally tenable means:
defensible — especially of an opinion or a position
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zeal
6 uses
Methinks this is an excess of zeal for a friend who was so late an enemy!
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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