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apathy
1 use
the apathy that so altered him
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 2.39
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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 generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 2.47
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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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1st useChapter 2.24
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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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1st useChapter 1.23
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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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1st useChapter 2.30
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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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depravity
1 use
"Then why don't you do it?"
"Natural depravity, I suppose."
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 2.39
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deride
1 use
the derisive Scott
derisive = contemptuous (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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1st useChapter 2.28
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despair
36 uses
she cried so despairingly that Jo was frightened.
despairingly = with such extreme distress
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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1st useChapter 1.18
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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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1st useChapter 2.34
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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 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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expedient
1 use
It's merely a matter of expediency
expediency = doing something practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 2.30
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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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1st useChapter 1.12
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grave
22 uses
"I don't see anything funny," she said gravely, when she could be heard.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book22 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.5
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indolent
4 uses
their busy, lively ways made him ashamed of the indolent life he led.
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useChapter 2.39
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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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1st useChapter 1.21
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ostentatious
1 use
...and though he should never cease to be a faithful mourner, there was no occasion to wear his weeds ostentatiously.
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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1st useChapter 2.41
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remonstrate
1 use
"You shall not make a guy of yourself," remonstrated Meg,
remonstrated = argued or protested
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 1.12
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reprehensible
3 uses
Jo ... shook her fist at the reprehensible John.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 1.19
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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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1st useChapter 2.30
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