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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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apparent
10 uses
She was apparently searching for some one.
apparently = obviously; or seemingly (appearing obvious—though not necessarily so)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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1st useChapter 2
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chaos
4 uses
He began to kick into the chaotic mass on the ground.
chaotic = confused and disordered
DefinitionGenerally chaos means:
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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1st useChapter 1
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complacent
1 use
"Sure," said Pete, with proper complacence.
complacence = lack of concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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condescending
2 uses
Her heart warmed as she reflected upon his condescension.
condescension = willingness to do something beneath his station in life

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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1st useChapter 7
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decorum
1 use
Suddenly she came upon a stout gentleman in a silk hat and a chaste black coat, whose decorous row of buttons reached from his chin to his knees.
decorous = proper and in good taste
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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1st useChapter 16
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deride
2 uses
From above came an unceasing babble of tongues, over all of which rang the mother's derisive laughter.
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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1st useChapter 15
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discern
2 uses
In the darkness of the hallway Jimmie discerned a knot of women talking...
discerned = noticed something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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1st useChapter 10
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emerge
6 uses
She loitered near the doors of saloons and watched men emerge from them.
emerge = come out
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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1st useChapter 17
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facetious
1 use
An oath or two, cat-calls, jeers and bits of facetious advice were given in reply.
facetious = trivially humorous
DefinitionGenerally facetious means:
trivial humor
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1st useChapter 9
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
Out at the window a florid moon was peering over dark roofs,
florid = a reddish color
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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forbearance
1 use
...he could not forbear to stare,
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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gesticulate
1 use
She smiled upon the throng as if in acknowledgment of a warm welcome, and began to walk to and fro, making profuse gesticulations and singing, in brazen soprano tones, a song, the words of which were inaudible.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made to express something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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1st useChapter 7
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inevitable
4 uses
The inevitable sunlight came streaming in at the windows...
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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nonchalant
1 use
He sat on a table in the Johnson home and dangled his checked legs with an enticing nonchalance.
nonchalance = calmness and lack of concern
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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1st useChapter 5
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obstinate
1 use
With the obstinacy of his order, he protested against being dragged in a chosen direction.
obstinacy = the trait of being stubborn in not doing what others want
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 2
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ostentatious
1 use
[He] ostentatiously paid her fare,
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 14
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precipitate
2 uses
1  —2 uses
(adj) as in: a precipitate decision
The crowd at the door fell back precipitately.
precipitately = with great haste
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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1st useChapter 1
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prodigious
2 uses
As she had seen him twice and he had different suits on each time, Maggie had a dim impression that his wardrobe was prodigiously extensive.
prodigiously = enormously; or of a magnitude or degree that is far beyond what is usual
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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1st useChapter 6
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pugnacious
1 use
They moved their heads pugnaciously and kept their shoulders braced.
pugnaciously = as though ready to fight
DefinitionGenerally pugnacious means:
quick to fight or argue
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1st useChapter 11
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zeal
1 use
With untiring zeal they hissed vice and applauded virtue.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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