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The Story of an Hour

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afflict
1 use
Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death.†
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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enable
1 use
A clear and exalted perception enabled her to dismiss the suggestion as trivial.†
enabled = made 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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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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forestall
1 use
He had only taken the time to assure himself of its truth by a second telegram, and had hastened to forestall any less careful, less tender friend in bearing the sad message.†
forestall = prevent something by taking action
DefinitionGenerally forestall means:
to prevent something by taking action
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indicate
1 use
It was not a glance of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought.†
indicated = showed
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Library40 uses in 10 avg bks
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paralysis
1 use
She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance.†
paralyzed = made unable to move or make a decision
DefinitionGenerally paralysis means:
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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trivial
1 use
A clear and exalted perception enabled her to dismiss the suggestion as trivial.†
trivial = unimportant
DefinitionGenerally trivial means:
of little importance — sometimes more specifically describing a challenge as easy and uninteresting
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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unwitting
1 use
There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.†
unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
DefinitionGenerally unwitting means:
not intentional (without knowledge)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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