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Macbeth
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abhor
1 use
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates or detests
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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buttress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a flying buttress
The buttress wall supports the main wall while preserving an open feel in the house.
buttress = an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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commend
3 uses
I commend you for a good job.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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1st useScene 1.7
compunction
1 use
While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
compunction = a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the domestic market
The deparment is responsible for studying all the domestic species of animals and plants.
domestic = relating to a home country

or (much more rarely,): relating to a geographic area that is smaller than a country
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epicure
1 use
An epicure in Paris will eventually find her way to this restaurant.
epicure = a person devoted to a refined taste for food
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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equivocate
6 uses
She implied absolute support, but then proceeded to equivocate.
equivocate = speak in a manner that does not clearly express an opinion or decision — typically in an attempt to satisfy people who want different things or to avoid making a commitment
DefinitionGenerally equivocate means:
to speak in a manner that does not clearly express an opinion or decision — typically in an attempt to satisfy people who want different things or to avoid making a commitment
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1st useScene 5.5
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exeunt
31 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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function
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Its main function is to...
The function of the lens of the eye is to focus light on the retina.
function = job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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harbinger
2 uses
The warm summer is a harbinger of things to come.
harbinger = an indication of the approach of something
DefinitionGenerally harbinger means:
an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
They agreed to have her judge the contest because everyone admires her integrity.
integrity = having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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knell
3 uses
The poll should be interpreted as the death knell of her campaign.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral
DefinitionGenerally knell means:
the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral

or:

announcing the demise or end of something
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laudable
1 use
I appreciate his laudable efforts to save the environment.
laudable = worthy of high praise
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mirth
2 uses
It was an evening of many stories and great mirth.
mirth = fun and laughter
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use
perturbation of the orbit
If the perturbations are small, the procedure should work.
perturbations = a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturbation means:
physics or astronomy:  a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
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predominant
2 uses
In the summer, our afternoon breezes come predominantly from the southwest.
predominantly = most commonly
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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reign   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
She reigned over England
The arranged marriage solidified the alliance between two of Europe's most important reigning families.
reigning = ruling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
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2  —1 use as in:
uncertainty reigns
Uncertainty and fear reigned during those years.
reigned = to be most powerful, important, or noticeable
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repose
2 uses
She was reposing on the couch
reposing = resting or lying
DefinitionGenerally this sense of repose means:
to rest or lie
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1st useScene 2.1
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