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Henry IV, Part 1
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banish
11 uses
He was banished from his own country.
banished = expelled (forced to leave)
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of — such as a person from a community or an idea from the mind
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belie
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
his smile belied his treachery
His gruff demeanor belies a soft heart.
belies = is in contradiction with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of belie means:
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
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beseech
4 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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capitulate
1 use
The Romans induced many enemy armies to capitulate by offering good terms of surrender.
capitulate = to stop resisting — especially to surrender under formal terms
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compulsion
4 uses
I had a compulsion to tell the brutal truth.
compulsion = strong urge (possibly uncontrollable)
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or force or a requirement that forces an action
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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disdain
2 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = 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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haughty
2 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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intractable
1 use
What do you think is the most intractable issue of our era?
intractable = difficult
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult in various senses:
  • of problems or disease:  difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals:  difficult to manage or control
  • of materials:  difficult to manipulate
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parley
2 uses
The two countries sent peace negotiators to parley in Paris.
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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portent
2 uses
believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
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redemption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
redeeming = thing that makes up for bad things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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2  —1 use as in:
redeem the coupon
The coupon can be redeemed for a free candy bar.
redeemed = exchanged
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to exchange something such as a coupon or voucher for something of value
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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rogue
16 uses
South Korea is always mindful of its rogue neighbor to the north.
rogue = not normal and dangerous
DefinitionGenerally rogue means:
not normal and dangerous

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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sovereign
4 uses
They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor's threats forced their decision.
sovereign = not controlled by outside forces
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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tedious
3 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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temperate
2 uses
Northern Florida is temperate; while the south is subtropical.
temperate = lacking extremes (in this case, in weather)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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wanton
4 uses
She is known for wanton behavior.
wanton = excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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