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The Winter's Tale
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allay
1 use
They have tried to allay fears by saying their weapons are of a defensive nature.
allay = reduced the intensity of
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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auspicious
1 use
With good weather and no traffic, we had an auspicious start on our journey.
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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calumny
2 uses
The committee is characterized by chaos and calumny.
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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censure
1 use
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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chide
4 uses
She constantly chides me for my grammar.
chides = corrects or criticizes
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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detestable
1 use
I think Umbridge is the most detestable character in the Harry Potter books.
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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discern
1 use
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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enjoin
2 uses
Environmentalist seek to enjoin the drilling on the grounds that it is unnecessary and dangerous.
enjoin = prohibit (command not to do something)
DefinitionGenerally enjoin means:
to command someone to do (or not do) something
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exeunt
22 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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fraught
1 use
The week following the diagnosis was fraught with difficult choices.
fraught = full of negative things
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gambol
1 use
The puppies were gamboling in the back yard.
gamboling = frolicking (skipping, leaping, and/or running around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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heresy
1 use
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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iniquity
1 use
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
iniquity = immorality
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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instigate
1 use
The group is accused of instigating the violence in the area.
instigating = starting something or causing it to happen
DefinitionGenerally instigate means:
start or set into motion — typically some kind of conflict
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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mockery
7 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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opportune
1 use
They launched their company at an opportune time.
opportune = favorable
DefinitionGenerally opportune means:
favorable circumstances for a particular purpose — especially the circumstance of good timing
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pious
1 use
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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tyranny
5 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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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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