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The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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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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banish
14 uses
He was banished from his own country.
banished = expelled (forced to leave)
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of — such as a person from a community or an idea from the mind
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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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commend
8 uses
I commend you for a good job.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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confer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
confer with her coach
We conferred about a plan of action.
conferred = have a conference in order to talk something over
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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discourse
8 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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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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entreat
4 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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extol
1 use
She extolled passage of the law as a victory for all Americans.
extolled = praised, glorified, or honored
DefinitionGenerally extol means:
praise, glorify, or honor
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forbearance
6 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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importune
4 uses
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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lament
4 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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obdurate
1 use
Some of the protestors disbanded when the police arrived, but others remained obdurate.
obdurate = stubbornly persistent
DefinitionGenerally obdurate means:
stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
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penitent
2 uses
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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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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perjury
4 uses
She was not found guilty of the theft, but was found guilty of perjury during her testimony to the grand jury.
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies in court after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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peruse
2 uses
Please peruse this report at your leisure.
peruse = read or examine
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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writ
16 uses
Her attorney filed for a writ of habeas corpus.
writ = an order issued by a court or judicial officer
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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