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Of Mice and Men
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aloof
1 use
People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant as though superior; or obviously uninterested in something that interests others
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others

or:

obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one's dignity or distasteful
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anguish
1 use
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme distress of body or mind
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console
1 use
She consoled him after his mother died.
consoled = comforted (emotionally)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of console means:
to comfort (emotionally)
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1st useChapter 5
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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cower
1 use
She cowered in fear.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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deride
1 use
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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derogatory
1 use
It is unacceptable to use derogatory terms to reference a race or ethnicity.
derogatory = expressing disrespect or criticism
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fawn
1 use
She fawns all over her children.
fawns = shows excessive flattery or affection
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fawn means:
showing excessive flattery or affection
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imperious
1 use
She dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand.
imperious = expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
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mollify
1 use
She managed to mollify the angry customer.
mollify = calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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monotonous
1 use
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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1st useChapter 6
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ominous
1 use
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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pantomime
1 use
Though she didn't speak Chinese, she was able to pantomime her meaning.
pantomime = express something through gestures and body movements without words
DefinitionGenerally pantomime means:
a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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pugnacious
1 use
The pugnacious Congressman was in no mood to compromise.
pugnacious = combative in tone (as though ready to fight)
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rapt
1 use
She watched with rapt attention.
rapt = deep interest and focus — often while admiring
DefinitionGenerally rapt means:
deeply interested and focused upon — often while admiring
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recumbent
1 use
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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1st useChapter 3
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