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The Glass Menagerie

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acquaint
4 uses
You see, I wasn't acquainted with many-people.
acquainted = a friend or associate; or familiar with
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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allude
1 use
An evening at home rarely passed without some allusion to this image, this specter, this hope.
allusion = indirect reference

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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audible
2 uses
AMANDA [faintly, almost inaudibly]: —No.
inaudibly = unhearable (because she speaks so softly)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inaudibly means not and reverses the meaning of audibly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
The narrator is an undisguised convention of the play.
convention = something treated as normal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
Deliberately courting pneumonia in that light coat?
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
Tom deliberately lays his imaginary fork down and pushes his chair back from the table.
deliberately = done with great care — often slowly
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demure
1 use
She spreads a newspaper on a step and sits down, gracefully and demurely as if she were settling into a swing on a Mississippi veranda.
demurely = in a quiet, modest, or shy manner
DefinitionGenerally demure means:
modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
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discreet
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
The only way to find out about those things is to make discreet inquiries at the proper moment.
discreet = unobtrusively (in a manner that doesn't attract attention)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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emulate
1 use
There is only one respect in which I would like you to emulate your father.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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incredulous
1 use
TOM: ...People go to the movies instead of moving! ... I'm tired of the movies and I am about to move!
JIM [incredulously]: Move?
incredulously = with disbelief; or with difficulty accepting something so unexpected
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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jeopardy
2 uses
What right have you got to jeopardize your job?
jeopardize = put in danger of loss

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally jeopardy means:
in danger of misfortune or suffering a loss
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martyr
5 uses
Amanda leans against the shut door and stares at Laura with a martyred look.
martyred = like someone who has suffered for the sake of principle
DefinitionGenerally martyr means:
someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion, or someone who commits a suicide death in the name of their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
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menagerie
11 uses
Mother calls them a glass menagerie! Here's an example of one, if you'd like to see it! This one is one of the oldest.
menagerie = a collection of wild animals in captivity
DefinitionGenerally menagerie means:
a collection of wild animals in captivity; or their enclosure

or:

any an diverse group
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ominous
3 uses
The music becomes ominous.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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predominant
1 use
It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.
predominantly = mostly
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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revere
1 use
He accepts it reverently.
reverently = with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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transparent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
transparent shower door
In an old-fashioned whatnot in the living room are seen scores of transparent glass animals.
transparent = able to be seen through

(editor's note:  At another point, when Amanda is trying to keep a secret, she asks, " Is my head so transparent?")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of transparent means:
able to be seen through with clarity
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tumult   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
couldn't hear over the tumult
...as the music swells tumultuously.
tumultuously = in a loud, unrestrained manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
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2  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
She remains by the table, picks up a piece from the glass menagerie collection, and turns it in her hands to cover her tumult.
tumult = turmoil (confusion)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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vivacious
2 uses
When people have some slight disadvantage like that, they cultivate other things to make up for it-develop charm-and vivacity-and-charm!
vivacity = engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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