〝Ah, then you look into the court.〞 She sighed. 〝If only Mr. Emerson was more tactful! We were so sorry for you at dinner.〞
1. tactful [ˋtæktfəl] (adj.) someone who is tactful is very careful in the way they speak and behave so that they do not upset other people
tact (n.) a careful way of speaking or behaving that avoids upsetting other people
She proceeded no further into things, for Mr. Beebe reappeared, looking extremely pleasant.
2. proceed [prəˋsid] (v.) to continue to happen
Example: These negotiations had been proceeding since the late 1960s.
(v.) to go in a particular direction
Example: Passengers for flight 406 to New York should proceed to gate 32.
(v.) used for telling other people about a surprising, embarrassing, or annoying thing that someone has done
Example: She had a few beers and proceeded to tell everyone in the bar about our personal problems.
(v.) to make progress by moving to the next stage in a series of actions or events
Example: We would like your input before we proceed to the final stage of planning.
Miss Bartlett was startled.
3. startle (v.) to make a person or animal feel suddenly frightened or surprised by doing something they do not expect
Example: Sorry, I didn't mean to startle you.
startled (adj.) suddenly frightened or surprised by something
Example: I was startled to see a face suddenly appear at the window.
startling (adj.) surprising or very unusual
Example: Nobody made any response to his startling suggestion.
〝You see, we don't like to take─〞began Lucy. Her cousin again repressed her.
4. repress [rɪˋprɛs] (v.) to prevent yourself from showing a feeling
Example: I couldn't repress my curiosity.
Example: Repressing an impulse to laugh out loud, she thanked him and walked out.
(v.) to refuse to admit that you have a particular feeling, need, or memory, so that it remains hidden in your mind
(v.) to use force or violence to control people
repressed (adj.) someone who is repressed has strong feelings that they do not show or that they refuse to admit that they have
Example: repressed anger/ guilt
repressive (adj.) ruling or controlling people by the use of force or violence, or by laws that put unreasonable limits on their freedom
That place is too sweetly squalid for words.
5. squalid [ˋskwɑlɪd] (adj.) a place that is squalid is dirty and unpleasant
(adj.) something that is squalid is unpleasant because it involves dishonest, illegal, or immoral behavior