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Macbeth
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apparition
7 uses
Hamlet saw an apparition at midnight.
apparition = a ghostlike figure
DefinitionGenerally apparition means:
a ghostlike figure or its appearance

or more rarely:

an unexpected or strange appearance
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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avarice
3 uses
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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confound
3 uses
She confounded her critics.
confounded = frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse or cause to be unable to think clearly

or:

to refute or frustrate
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1st useScene 2.1
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contend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She contended with it
She contends with headaches.
contends = struggles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to struggle
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useScene 2.2
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useScene 4.3
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useScene 4.3
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flourish
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
She entered with a great flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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impede
1 use
She is impeding the progress of our project
impeding = slowing or preventing
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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1st useScene 1.5
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
I don't know how to interpret her smile.
interpret = understand (In this case: Why did she smile? What does it mean?)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useScene 1.3
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malicious
4 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useScene 4.3
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mortal   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.5
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2  —1 use as in:
a mortal wound
Have the detectives determined who struck the mortal blow?
mortal = causing death
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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pernicious
2 uses
By the 21st century, it had evolved into a pernicious lack of employment.
pernicious = harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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provoke
4 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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scorn
4 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = treated with disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useScene 3.5
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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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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tyranny
3 uses
The U.S. constitution was designed with checks and balances and limited government to protect Americans from tyranny.
tyranny = a form of government where some people control others in a harsh, unfair manner
DefinitionGenerally tyranny means:
to control others harshly and unfairly; or a form of government with such control
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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valor
5 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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1st useScene 3.1
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wrought
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
wrought iron
The windows have decorative wrought iron bars for security.
wrought = worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
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1st useScene 1.3
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yield
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useScene 1.3
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