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afflict
3 uses
How intensified, magnified, really vain all attempt at expression becomes in the afflicted!†
afflicted = suffering; or made to suffer
DefinitionGenerally afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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agony
1 use
Her face worked and broke into strained, hardening lines, as if there had been a death-that too-explicit evidence of agony in the desire to communicate.†
agony = intense suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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compassion
2 uses
As he held the match close he gazed straight ahead, and in his eyes, all at once wild and searching, there was certainly, besides the simple compassion in his regard, a look both restless and weary, very much used to the comic.†
compassion = sympathy for another's suffering and wanting to help
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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conscious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
environmentally conscious
His wife looked self-consciously around the room and replied on her fingers, "You are always talking nonsense.†
self-consciously = with nervousness or discomfort felt by someone due to concern about what others will think of them
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conscious means:
aware or concerned about something
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Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
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conspiracy
1 use
It was the feeling of conspiracy.
conspiracy = a secret agreement or plot
DefinitionGenerally conspiracy means:
a secret agreement or plot — especially to do something illegal or harmful
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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contrived
1 use
He looked home-made, as though his wife had selfconsciously knitted or somehow contrived a husband when she sat alone at night.†
contrived = unnatural or arranged
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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despise
1 use
You could see that he despised and saw the uselessness of the thing he had done.†
despised = disliked strongly and looked down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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disheveled
1 use
But you wondered, seeing Albert, whom talking seemed rather to dishevel, whether it had not continued to be a rough and violent game which Ellie, as the older and stronger, had taught him to play with her.†
dishevel = messy (untidy or disordered) — especially of a person's clothes and hair
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dissipate
1 use
He looked very strong and active; but there was a startling quality, a willingness to be forever distracted, even disturbed, in the very reassurance of his body, some alertness which made his strength fluid and dissipated instead of withheld and greedily beautiful.†
dissipated = gradually disappeared; or gradually wasted
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
...she sat there ... as if to endure some nameless apprehension rising and overflowing within her at the thought of travel.
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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intuitive
1 use
His youth by now did not seem an important thing about him; it was a medium for his activity, no doubt, but as he stood there frowning and smoking you felt some apprehension that he would never express whatever might be the desire of his life in being young and strong, in standing apart in compassion, in making any intuitive present or sacrifice, or in any way of action at all-not because there was too much in the world demanding his strength, but because he was too deeply aware.†
intuitive = known instinctively rather than through reasoning
DefinitionGenerally intuitive means:
based on feeling or instinct rather than conscious reasoning

or:

easy to understand without training or study
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
Every now and then, as though he perceived some minute thing, a sudden alert, tantalized look would creep over the little man's face, and he would gaze slowly around him, quite slyly.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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mortgage
1 use
To him it was always something postponed, like the paying off of the mortgage.†
mortgage = a real estate loan; or pledging something for a loan
DefinitionGenerally mortgage means:
a real estate loan; or to offer real estate as collateral for a loan

(collateral is something that has to be given to the lender if the loan isn't paid as agreed)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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obstinate
1 use
A flicker of amusement touched the young man's face as he observed the startled but controlled and obstinately blank faces which turned toward him for a moment and then away.†
obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to the wishes of others
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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postpone
1 use
To him it was always something postponed, like the paying off of the mortgage.†
postponed = delayed until a later time
DefinitionGenerally postpone means:
delay until a later time
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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reproach
2 uses
Little walls of reproach went up about them all.†
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
The woman looked resigned for a moment to hopelessness.
resigned = as though she had accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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reticent
1 use
There was an excess of energy about him that separated him from everyone else, but in the motion of his hands there was, instead of the craving for communication, something of reticence, even of secrecy, as the key rose and fell.†
reticence = reluctance — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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solemn
1 use
They were so intent, so very solemn, wanting to have their symbols perfectly understood!†
solemn = very serious—possibly dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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tantalize
1 use
Every now and then, as though he perceived some minute thing, a sudden alert, tantalized look would creep over the little man's face, and he would gaze slowly around him, quite slyly.†
tantalized = made someone excited about getting something
DefinitionGenerally tantalize means:
to make someone excited about getting something — often something they cannot get
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