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allude
2 uses
The cannon is mounted on an experimental gun carriage: possibly the original model of the Undershaft disappearing rampart gun alluded to by Stephen.†
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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complacent
2 uses
LADY BRITOMART [complacently] Yes: I have made a very good match for Sarah.†
complacently = with satisfaction or contentment (unworried and satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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conscience
11 uses
Now you all know my opinion; and my conscience is clear, at all events [she sits down again with a vehemence that almost wrecks the chair].†
conscience = feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
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consequence
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently he has not attempted to resist Lady Britomart's arrangements to that end.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
BILL [contemptuously, but backing a little] Wot good are you, you old palsy mug?†
contemptuously = with disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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disdain
1 use
SHIRLEY [looking down on him with unfathomable disdain] YOU box!†
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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disparage
1 use
I was afraid you would consider yourself disparaged and slighted.†
disparaged = criticized or made seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dubious
2 uses
STEPHEN [dubiously] I am afraid I should make a poor hand of managing a cannon foundry.†
dubiously = doubtfully or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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enable
2 uses
It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.†
enables = makes possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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grave
3 uses
He is a gravely correct young man under 25, taking himself very seriously, but still in some awe of his mother, from childish habit and bachelor shyness rather than from any weakness of character.†
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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imply
1 use
CUSINS [in a white fury] Do I understand you to imply that you can buy Barbara?†
imply = suggest (say indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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indifferent
3 uses
[He sits down again, and stretches his legs in an attempt to seem indifferent].†
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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indignant
3 uses
RUMMY [running indignantly to him to scold him].†
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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infernal
3 uses
Mr Undershaft: you are, as far as I am able to gather, a most infernal old rascal; but you appeal very strongly to my sense of ironic humor.†
infernal = very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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malevolent
1 use
Bill Walker, a rough customer of about 25, appears at the yard gate and looks malevolently at Jenny.
malevolently = with the desire to do evil or to hurt others
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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malicious
3 uses
[Suddenly turning on her with intense malice] And if I don't find Mog there, I'll come back and do two years for you, selp me Gawd if I don't!†
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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obsolete
2 uses
It scraps its obsolete steam engines and dynamos; but it won't scrap its old prejudices and its old moralities and its old religions and its old political constitutions.†
obsolete = no longer in general use because it was replaced by something better
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pauper
2 uses
SHIRLEY [bursting into tears] Oh God! it's true: I'm only an old pauper on the scrap heap.†
pauper = someone who is very poor
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recollect
3 uses
[Recollecting] Oh, I know: you're the man that Jenny Hill was praying for inside just now.†
recollecting = remembering
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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resume
2 uses
LADY BRITOMART [resuming command] Sit down, all of you.†
resuming = beginning again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
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