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Othello, the Moor of Venice
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affinity
1 use
She thinks deeply and has an affinity for others with the same kind of mind.
affinity = a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
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alacrity
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She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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castigate
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She praises and castigates without hesitation.
castigates = criticizes severely
DefinitionGenerally castigate means:
to criticize severely
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credulous
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The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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edify
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She edifies and inspires her supporters everywhere she speaks.
edifies = teaches or instructs
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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equivocal
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Her statement was equivocal.
equivocal = unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
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exeunt
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Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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impute
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Her critics impute a more cynical motive.
impute = attribute (say something is caused by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impute means:
attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)

or:

believe something to have a characteristic; or assign a value to something
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incorrigible
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She was declared an incorrigible delinquent and sent to reform school.
incorrigible = unresponsive to correction (even by punishment)
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innovate
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Apple is considered one of the most innovative companies.
innovative = introducing things that are new and different
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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insolent
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I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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languish
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The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
languished = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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lethargic
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Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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obscure
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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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obsequious
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In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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penitent
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When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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portent
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believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
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scanty
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I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
scanty = small in amount
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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tedious
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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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timorous
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She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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