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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
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audacious
8 uses
A woman of brilliance and audacity, accompanied by a mere boy, came into the place and took seats near them.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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1st useChapter 14
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belligerent
2 uses
He maintained a belligerent attitude toward all well-dressed men.
belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 11
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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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1st useChapter 7
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
There was valor and contempt for circumstances in the glance of his eye.
contempt = a lack of respect (in this case, thinking circumstances could not keep him from doing what he wanted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
His countenance shone with the true spirit of benevolence.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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1st useChapter 18
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denounce
5 uses
She was terrific in denunciation of the girl's wickedness.
denunciation = strong criticism or public accusation
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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1st useChapter 13
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disdain
4 uses
She turned her huge back in tremendous disdain and climbed the stairs to the next floor.
disdain = with a lack of respect; or with a sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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exasperated
4 uses
The question exasperated Pete beyond the powers of endurance.
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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fastidious
1 use
Too, she thought Pete to be a very fastidious person concerning the appearance of women.
fastidious = excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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1st useChapter 8
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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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1st useChapter 3
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furtive
4 uses
He cast furtive glances at his mother.
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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1st useChapter 5
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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
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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opulent
1 use
A nickel-plated cash register occupied a position in the exact centre of the general effect. The elementary senses of it all seemed to be opulence and geometrical accuracy.
opulence = magnificence or luxury
DefinitionGenerally opulent means:
magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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1st useChapter 11
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
He scrambled to his feet, and perceiving, evidently, the size of his assailant, ran quickly off, shouting alarms.
perceiving = seeing; or becoming aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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pervasive
2 uses
The smell of oil, stifling in its intensity, pervaded the air.
pervaded = filled
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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philanthropy
2 uses
He responded in tones of philanthropy.
philanthropy = wishing to help others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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1st useChapter 17
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remonstrate
2 uses
She wondered why Pete saw fit to remonstrate with the woman, pleading for forgiveness with his eyes.
remonstrate = argue (present reasons in opposition)
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 10
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reproach
3 uses
She delivered reproaches, swallowed potatoes and drank from a yellow-brown bottle.
reproaches = criticisms
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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sullen
7 uses
Pete came along slowly, with a sullen dropping of the under lip.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood
DefinitionGenerally sullen means:
showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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wrath
7 uses
She stood shivering beneath the torrent of her mother's wrath.
wrath = intense anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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