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adroit
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He now turned his attention to Mrs. Vance, and in a flash Carrie saw again what she for some time had subconsciously missed in Hurstwood— the adroitness and flattery of which he was capable.†
adroitness = quality or degree of skill
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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adulation
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Adulation, being new in any form, pleased her.†
adulation = much admiration and praise
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alacrity
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In the night he was long getting to sleep because of too much thinking, and in the morning he was early awake, seizing with alacrity upon the same dear subject and pursuing it with vigor.†
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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antagonism
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She did not explain that the though, however, had aroused all the antagonism of her nature.†
antagonism = hostility; or the relation between opposing forces
DefinitionGenerally antagonism means:
hostility or opposition
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antipathy
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Of course, she had no understanding of what put it into her head, but, nevertheless, it aroused in her the first shade of real antipathy to him.†
antipathy = strong dislike
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arbiter
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Her mind delighted itself with scenes of luxury and refinement, situations in which she was the cynosure of all eyes, the arbiter of all fates.†
arbiter = someone who settles disputes
DefinitionGenerally arbiter means:
someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation

or:

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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askance
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Carrie looked at him askance, half-suspicious of an appeal.†
askance = with disapproval or distrust; or directed to one side
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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assiduous
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The Italian news dealer now delivered the morning papers, and these he read assiduously.†
assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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bevel
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The floor was of a reddish hue, waxed and polished, and in every direction were mirrors— tall, brilliant, bevel-edged mirrors—reflecting and re-reflecting forms, faces, and candelabra a score and a hundred times.†
bevel = join at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)

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DefinitionGenerally this sense of bevel means:
two surfaces meeting at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)

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canvass
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Here was a type of the traveling canvasser for a manufacturing house a class which at that time was first being dubbed by the slang of the day "drummers."†
canvasser = someone who gets opinions by asking specific questions; and/or asks people for political support individually
DefinitionGenerally this sense of canvass means:
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
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cessation
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In the night, or the gloomy chambers of the day, fears and misgivings wax strong, but out in the sunlight there is, for a time, cessation even of the terror of death.†
cessation = a stopping
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circuitous
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It crossed Broadway from out the shadow of Twenty-sixth Street, and, in a halting, circuitous way, arrived close to the waiting figure.†
circuitous = indirect (deviating from a straight course)
DefinitionGenerally circuitous means:
indirect (deviating from a straight course — physically or in speech or conduct)
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circumscribe
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She was now a thin, though rugged, women of twenty-seven, with ideas of life colored by her husband's and fast hardening into narrower conceptions of pleasure and duty than had ever been hers in a thoroughly circumscribed youth.†
circumscribed = to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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corpulent
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All his corpulence had fled.†
corpulence = having excessive body fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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pathos
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That is, his feelings and his voice were colored with that seeming repression and pathos which is the essence of eloquence.†
pathos = a quality that arouses pity or sorrow
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perfidy
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Never mind now about Hurstwood's perfidy—why had he done this?†
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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prevaricate
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He was not willingly a prevaricator, and hated thoroughly to make explanations concerning it.†
prevaricator = be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information; or make false statements
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supercilious
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Life had not taught her domination—superciliousness of grace, which is the lordly power of some women.†
superciliousness = arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
Each waiter added an air of exclusiveness and elegance by the manner in which he bowed, scraped, touched, and trifled with things.†
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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2  —6 uses as in:
a trifling matter
He had stopped his trifling before the mirror now and crossed over to her.†
trifling = something of small importance; or a small quantity
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