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allude
5 uses
A "concrete form" she imagined might allude to the fact that Miss Sessions had a better figure than she.†
allude = to make an indirect reference
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1st useChapter 1
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apprehensive
4 uses
Johnnie questioned, staring up at him with apprehensive eyes.†
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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1st useChapter 12
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
She looked hopefully for a renewal of that earlier companionship which seemed by contrast almost intimate.†
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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1st useChapter 16
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2  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Johnnie greeted the new boarder with a reserve which was in marked contrast to the reception he got from the other girls.†
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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1st useChapter 5
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
Its more unconventional lines suited him well; the dust-brown Norfolk, the leathern puttees, gave an adventurous turn to the expression of a personality which was only so on the mental side.†
unconventional = not regarded as normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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1st useChapter 13
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dubious
6 uses
They turned to find a squat, middle-aged man regarding them dubiously.†
dubiously = doubtfully or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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1st useChapter 5
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
The mills in which he was concerned were not earning as they should, so he was told; and there was discussion as to whether they be moved south, or a Southern mill be established which might be considered in the nature of a branch, and where the coarser grades of sheeting would be manufactured, as well as all the spinning done.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 5
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imply
1 use
Peculiar as was the attitude of all three, Johnnie felt a certain relief in the implied assurance that there had been no quarrel, that her uncle had not been struck or knocked down the steps.†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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1st useChapter 13
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inert
6 uses
At the porch edge he strove to recover himself, failed, and with a short, coughing groan, pitched down the steps and lay, an inert mass, at their foot.†
inert = unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
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Book6 uses
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1st useChapter 12
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inquiry
16 uses
He began some carefully worded inquiries as to her experience in the mill and her opinion of the work.†
inquiries = questions or investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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1st useChapter 4
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luminous
3 uses
Then her clouded face cleared suddenly with its luminous smile.
luminous = shining or beautiful
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
When, after she had them in use on the spinning jennies upstairs for a week, she came down bringing them for certain minute alterations, his attitude was one of friendly helpfulness.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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1st useChapter 9
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monotonous
8 uses
First it was a hymn, all abrupt, odd, minor cadences and monotonous refrain.†
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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persist
7 uses
"And yet you're going to walk it—after a week's work here in the mill?" persisted Stoddard.†
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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remonstrate
12 uses
"Wait till some other time, I—I don't want to—"
But her remonstrance came too late; Mandy had yanked her forward and was performing the introduction...
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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rue
1 use
This kept him away pretty effectually after that first fiery scene, when Laurella had flown at him like a fierce little vixen and told him that she never wanted to see his face again, that she rued the day she married him, and intended to leave him as soon as she could put foot to the ground.
rued = to feel sadness and regret
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1st useChapter 21
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scanty
9 uses
It was a dripping-sweet spring morning, dew-drenched, and with the air so full of moisture that it gathered and pattered from the scant leafage.†
scant = small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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1st useChapter 23
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socialism
16 uses
Most of the men who are loud in the leadership of socialism have made a failure of their own lives.†
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
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1st useChapter 5
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specimen
12 uses
She was glad they were such fine specimens—all perfect.†
specimens = a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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tremulous
10 uses
"That!" cried Laurella Passmore, taking it up with angrily tremulous fingers.†
tremulous = quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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