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audacious
2 uses
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.2
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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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 5.2
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beseech
9 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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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.2
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Cupid
10 uses
She must have been struck by one of Cupid's arrows.
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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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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1st useScene 4.3
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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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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forbearance
4 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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forswear
22 uses
The group has forsworn terrorism in favor of negotiating an end to the conflict.
forsworn = renounced or disavowed
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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Book22 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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heresy
2 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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melancholy
7 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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Monsieur
7 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to Mr. in English

or:

French equivalent to sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 3.1
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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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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pedantic
3 uses
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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perjury
6 uses
She was not found guilty of the theft, but was found guilty of perjury during her testimony to the grand jury.
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies in court after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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2  —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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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.2
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zeal
4 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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