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alacrity
2 uses
"Won't I!" said Laurie, with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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amble
1 use
Mr. Bhaer soon joined her, looking rather out of his element, and presently several of the philosophers, each mounted on his hobby, came ambling up to hold an intellectual tournament in the recess.
ambling = walking leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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apathy
1 use
the apathy that so altered him
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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benevolent
4 uses
Jo often watched him, trying to discover the charm, and at last decided that it was benevolence which worked the miracle.
benevolence = kindness and goodwill
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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capacious
2 uses
His capacious waistcoat was suggestive of a large heart underneath.
capacious = large in capacity
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capricious
3 uses
Mamma was an abject slave to their caprices, but Papa was not so easily subjugated,
caprices = instances of impulsiveness
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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complacent
4 uses
From that day she was a model of obedience, and the old lady complacently admired the success of her training.
complacently = with contentment  (satisfied and unworried)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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conciliatory
1 use
asked May with a conciliatory air, for she wanted to show that she also could be generous.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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contrite
1 use
Seeing that he really was out of temper, Jo, who knew how to manage him, assumed a contrite expression, and going artistically down upon her knees, said meekly, "Please forgive me for being so cross."
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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daunt
6 uses
Don't be troubled, Meg, poverty seldom daunts a sincere lover.
daunts = discourages
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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depravity
1 use
"Then why don't you do it?"
"Natural depravity, I suppose."
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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deride
1 use
the derisive Scott
derisive = contemptuous (treating as inferior and unworthy of respect)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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didactic
1 use
She sent this didactic gem to several markets, but it found no purchaser, and she was inclined to agree with Mr. Dashwood that morals didn't sell.
didactic = describing something intended to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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diligent
3 uses
As long as "The Spread Eagle" paid her a dollar a column for her "rubbish", as she called it, Jo felt herself a woman of means, and spun her little romances 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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1st useChapter 1.4
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fastidious
3 uses
She meant 'facinating', but as Grace didn't know the exact meaning of either word, fastidious sounded well and made a good impression.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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obstinate
4 uses
He is very decided, but never will be obstinate, if you reason kindly, not oppose impatiently.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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pious
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
"God won't be so cruel as to take you from me," cried poor Jo rebelliously, for her spirit was far less piously submissive than Beth's.
piously = religiously
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 2.36
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recumbent
1 use
I should respectfully suggest a recumbent posture, then put yourself in also and call it 'Dolce far niente.'
recumbent = lying down; or horizontal
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remonstrate
2 uses
"You shall not make a guy of yourself," remonstrated Meg,
remonstrated = argued or protested
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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zeal
2 uses
resolving, with a glow of philanthropic zeal, to found and endow an institution for the express benefit of young women with artistic tendencies.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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