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anguish
1 use
Then Tony raises his voice in an anguished cry.
anguished = with extreme distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.9
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beckon
1 use
Riff steps forward and beckons to his girl, Velma.
beckons = calls (to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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chaos
2 uses
Chaotic confusion and blackness, after which they find themselves, back in the bedroom, clinging to each other desperately.
chaotic = extremely disordered (confusion)
DefinitionGenerally chaos means:
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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depravity
2 uses
Hey, I'm depraved on account I'm deprived!
depraved = immoral
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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detach
1 use
Both gangs are jitterbugging wildly with their bodies, but their faces, although they are enjoying themselves, remain cool, almost detached.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from their feelings)

(editor's note:  jitterbugging is a kind of dancing)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate wink
Elaborately casual, they start sauntering off as Krupke appears.
elaborately = in an exaggerated manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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frenetic
1 use
This leads into a frenetic dance in which the boys and girls release their emotions and get "cool."
frenetic = fast, energetic — often with confusion
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.6
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impulsive
1 use
[Impulsively, he stops to kiss her hands; then tenderly, innocently, her lips.]
impulsively = without forethought
DefinitionGenerally impulsive means:
action without forethought; or such a tendency
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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insistent
1 use
[...insistent tugging brings Tony to the realization of the danger.]
insistent = persistent and demanding
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.9
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intercept
1 use
TONY [He is unaware that Bernardo is crossing toward him, but Riff intercepts.]
intercepts = stops him in route
DefinitionGenerally intercept means:
to stop or catch someone or something in route
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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liaison
1 use
You get a hold of the girls and send 'em out as liaison runners so we'll know who's found Tony where.
liaison = a person with the role of increasing communication between two organizations
DefinitionGenerally liaison means:
a person with the role of increasing communication and cooperation between two organizations; or an instance or other means of such communication
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 2.2
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nostalgia
1 use
[She sings nostalgically:]
nostalgically = with a longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 1.5
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
They jockey for position, feinting, dueling; the two gangs shift position, now and again temporarily obscuring the fighters.
obscuring = hiding (blocking the view of, or partially blocking the view of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 1.9
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pathetic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pathetic attempt to insult me
Pushing through the game comes a scrawny teen-age girl, dressed in an outfit that is a pathetic attempt to imitate that of the Jets.
pathetic = very bad — possibly so bad it is laughable (possibly mixed with some feeling of pity)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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pummel
1 use
They close in, grab him, pummel him, as a Shark on top of the wall is stationed as lookout.
pummel = hit repeatedly
DefinitionGenerally pummel means:
to hit repeatedly — usually with fists

or:

to damage seriously

or:

to defeat decisively
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
Miss America can just resign!
resign = quit (from her position)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.1
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saunter
1 use
they start sauntering off as Krupke appears.
sauntering = walking leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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taunt
1 use
The taunting breaks out into a wild, savage dance, with epithets hurled at Anita,
taunting = intentionally angering, challenging, or upsetting someone
DefinitionGenerally taunt means:
to intentionally anger, challenge, or upset someone — especially by mocking them or hurling insults

or (as a noun): an insult or other action intended to anger, challenge, or upset someone
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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waver
1 use
the kids waver, run one way, another, in panic, confusion.
waver = are unsure and movie back and forth
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.9
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wistful
1 use
DOC What're you gonna be when you grow up?
ANYBODYS [wistfully.] A telephone call girl!
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.6
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