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Love's Labour's Lost
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abrogate
1 use
She has abrogated her responsibility as a mother.
abrogated = done away with (ignored)
DefinitionGenerally abrogate means:
to abolish (do away with) something
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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bombastic
1 use
The media relishes her bombastic style.
bombastic = pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
DefinitionGenerally bombastic means:
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words in an attempt to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
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choleric
1 use
A choleric cop blew his top.
choleric = easily moved to anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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collusion
1 use
The antitrust department tries to prevent supermarket collusion to raise grocery prices.
collusion = to conspire (the act of working together in secret at others' expense)
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contempt
1 use
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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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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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enigma
1 use
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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exeunt
17 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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extemporaneous
2 uses
She gave an extemporaneous talk on picking a college.
extemporaneous = done with little or no preparation or planning
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flout
3 uses
Don't flout the rules.
flout = openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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importune
2 uses
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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liege
9 uses
He was her liege lord.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
DefinitionGenerally liege means:
a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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ostentatious
2 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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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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remuneration
11 uses
It was inadequate remuneration to make up for his expenses.
remuneration = payment
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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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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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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