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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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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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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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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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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1st useScene 1.2
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.3
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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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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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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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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 or purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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1st useScene 1.3
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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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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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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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
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useScene 3.6
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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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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
Library10 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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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.5
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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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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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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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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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