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incisive
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression — often indicating a decisive person (makes decisions quickly) or a penetrating mind
  • Philip was slow to reply, and when he spoke, his tone had a more incisive quietness and clearness than ever.
    6.8 -- Book 6 Chapter 8 -- Wakem in a New Light (38% in)
  • "Miss Tulliver," he said, with bitter incisiveness, "has the only grounds of rank that anything but vulgar folly can suppose to belong to the middle class; she is thoroughly refined, and her friends, whatever else they may be, are respected for irreproachable honor and integrity.
    6.8 -- Book 6 Chapter 8 -- Wakem in a New Light (53% in)

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