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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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abridge
1 use
The new law might abridge our freedom of speech.
abridge = reduce
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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beguile
2 uses
Few men could remain detached while looking into her beguiling eyes.
beguiling = charming
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm or enchant someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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beseech
3 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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chide
4 uses
She constantly chides me for my grammar.
chides = gently correct (tell someone they have done wrong)
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — typically in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Cupid
8 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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deride
4 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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discourse
4 uses
The event has elevated the level of public discourse on this issue.
discourse = conversation (or the exchange of ideas) on a particular topic
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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disdain
2 uses
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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doting
9 uses
She has doting parents.
doting = demonstrating love and uncritical affection
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entreat
5 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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flout
2 uses
Don't flout the rules.
flout = openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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loathe
4 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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mirth
5 uses
It was an evening of many stories and great mirth.
mirth = fun and laughter
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Monsieur
11 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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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 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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revel
5 uses
She reveled in her freedom.
reveled = took delight in
DefinitionGenerally revel means:
to take delight in

or:

to party — especially in a noisy way
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spurn
3 uses
She spurned his advances.
spurned = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally spurn means:
reject as not good enough
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tedious
5 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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wither
3 uses
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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