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amiable
16 uses
both burst out laughing, and the discussion took a more amiable turn.
amiable = friendly
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book16 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.30
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
And Meg tried to keep her countenance,
countenance = composure (or face or facial expression)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
So we are to countenance things and people which we detest, merely because we are not belles and millionaires, are we?
countenance = tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.29
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despondent
12 uses
"If life is often as hard as this, I don't see how we ever shall get through it," added her sister despondently.
despondently = in a depressed manner
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.18
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impetuous
7 uses
With that she rushed across the street so impetuously that she narrowly escaped annihilation from a passing truck,
impetuously = impulsively (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.35
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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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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.39
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mischievous
9 uses
"Going out for exercise," answered Jo with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes.
mischievous = naughtily playful
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
playfully causing minor trouble; or describing the smile of someone doing so
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13
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penitent
10 uses
"Yes, please, but I never will again," and he went down upon his knees, with a penitent clasping of hands, and a face full of mischief, mirth, and triumph.
penitent = expressing sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37
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petulant
8 uses
"You ought to have sent word, or told me this morning, and you ought to have remembered how busy I was," continued Meg petulantly, for even turtledoves will peck when ruffled.
petulantly = with unreasonable anger or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.3
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prudent
7 uses
Don't be anxious about me, remember I am your 'prudent Amy', and be sure I will do nothing rashly.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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reprehensible
3 uses
Jo ... shook her fist at the reprehensible John.
reprehensible = bad
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.19
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reproach
22 uses
He was very kind, forgave her readily, and did not utter one reproach, but Meg knew that she had done and said a thing which would not be forgotten soon,
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book22 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.29
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
we resigned ourselves to our fate.
resigned = accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.31
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I ... resolved not to let the sun set on my anger, and ran over to tell Laurie I was sorry.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.27
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
And Amy tried on the blue ring with a delighted face and a firm resolve to earn it.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7
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sober
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sobering thought
Everyone thought soberly for a minute,
soberly = seriously
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sobering means:
serious; or making one serious or calm
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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trifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 41 uses
1  —40 uses as in:
a trifling matter
...for as Father says, trifles show character.
trifles = small unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book40 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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2  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
...she was not to be trifled with.
trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37
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ubiquitous
1 use
Sallie Gardiner was absorbed in keeping her white pique dress clean and chattering with the ubiquitous Fred, who kept Beth in constant terror by his pranks.
ubiquitous = always present
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.12
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wistful
19 uses
He looked so wistful as he went away, hearing the frolic and evidently having none of his own.
wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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