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Love's Labour's Lost
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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute vision
Beavers have an acute sense of smell.
acute = sharp (highly perceptive or intelligent)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)

(often with a connotation that resulting awareness is painful)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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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1st useScene 5.2
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Cupid
10 uses
Cupid is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Eros.
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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1st useScene 1.2
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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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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1st useScene 1.1
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forswear
22 uses
asked the Palestinians to forswear terrorism
forswear = renounce or disavow
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something
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Book22 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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Hercules
11 uses
Heracles is the Greek mythological equivalent of the Roman Hercules.
Hercules = mythological Roman hero famous for his strength and for performing 12 immense labors to gain immortality
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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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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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1st useScene 1.1
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mirth
7 uses
It was an evening of many stories and great mirth.
mirth = fun and laughter
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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pedantic
3 uses
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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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 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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prodigal
3 uses
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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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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Library8 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.2
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salve
6 uses
The salve also acts as a moisturizer.
salve = a cream or liquid put on skin to make it feel better or heal
DefinitionGenerally salve means:
a cream or liquid put onto skin to make it feel better or heal

or:

anything that eases pain or anxiety; or the act of doing such
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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zeal
4 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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