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aggrieve
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Mandy Ann, she wouldn't lend us a thing," Bud began in an aggrieved tone.†
aggrieved = harmed by unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally aggrieve means:
feeling harmed by unfair treatment; or (more rarely) harming someone unfairly
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alacrity
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Johnnie responded with alacrity, not aware of having either risen or fallen in her companion's estimation.†
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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altruism
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And I'm sure you must admire her altruistic ideas—they'd just fall in with yours, I suppose, now.†
altruistic = unselfish concern for the welfare of others
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ameliorate
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So the thin, graying ringlets were loosened around the meagre forehead, and indeed Mandy's appearance was considerably ameliorated.†
ameliorated = improved (something that was bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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caustic
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"There is," put in Shade caustically.†
caustically = sarcastically or critically
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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compunction
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Johnnie moved to her quickly, putting a hand on her shoulder, remembering with swift compunction that the poor woman's burdens were trebled since Laurella lay ill, and Pap gave up so much of his time to hanging anxiously about his young wife.†
compunction = guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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congenial
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And then, Mandy being thus launched on the congenial theme—the one theme upon which she was ever loquacious—out came the story of the purchase of the dress, the compliments of the saleswoman, the refusal of the borrowed jewellery.†
congenial = agreeable or compatible in a positive way
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delectable
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The patent might have a company to manage its affairs, but the mine on Big Unaka was sacred to these two, in whom the immortal urchin sufficiently survived to make mine-hunting and exploiting delectable employment.†
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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desultory
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CHAPTER III A PEAK IN DARIEN So walking, and so desultorily talking, they came out on a noble white highway that wound for miles along the bluffy edge of the upland overlooking the valley upon the one side, fronted by handsome residences on the other.†
desultorily = lacking plan or purpose; or half-hearted
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dilatory
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Perhaps Gray himself was there; and the Scotchman cursed his own dilatoriness in waiting till darkness had covered the earth before setting afoot inquiries.†
dilatoriness = slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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fatuous
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He was still grinning fatuously.†
fatuously = without intelligence — often implying a smugness or complacency
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garrulous
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"I had obliged to find me a place whar I could hire out them chaps," the miserable old man before him went on, garrulously.†
garrulously = in a talkative manner
DefinitionGenerally garrulous means:
talkative — especially about trivial matters
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hypochondria
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His grumpy silence of other days, his sardonic humour, gave place to hypochondriac complainings and outbursts of fierce temper.†
hypochondriac = someone who always worries about imaginary illnesses
DefinitionGenerally hypochondria means:
excessive worry about imaginary illnesses
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ignoble
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These two were as mad with greed at the thought of the silver mine in the mountains as ever were forty-niners in the golden days of California, or those more recent ignoble martyrs who strewed their bones along the icy trails of the Klondike.†
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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incorrigible
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Mrs. Hexter, glad of an ally, tossed that incorrigible gray head of hers and dashed into the conversation once more.†
incorrigible = unresponsive to correction (even by punishment)
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inveterate
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The word seems unduly fiery when one remembers the smiling, insouciant manner of his divergences from the conventional type; yet he was inveterately himself, and not some schoolmaster's or tailor's or barber's version of Gray Stoddard; and in this, though Johnnie did not know it, lay the strength of his charm for her.†
inveterately = habitually
DefinitionGenerally inveterate means:
habitual; or something of long standing
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laconic
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Those among whom she had been bred, laconically called the colour red; but in fact it was only too deep a gold to be quite yellow.†
laconically = using few words
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portentous
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Mandy inquired, stretching herself and yawning portentously.†
portentously = very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
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querulous
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CHAPTER I THE BIRTH OF A WOMAN-CHILD "Whose cradle's that?" the sick woman's thin querulous tones arrested the man at the threshold.†
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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sheer
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sheered to the left
Nothing was more natural than that they should speak of Gray Stoddard's disappearance, since Watauga, Cottonville, and the mountains above were full of the topic; yet husband and wife sheered from it in a sort of terror.†
sheered = change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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