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The Winter's Tale
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amity
1 use
If we cannot be close friends, we can at least live in amity.
amity = a state of friendly relations
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arraign
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She was arraigned and released without bail.
arraigned = called before a court to answer an indictment
DefinitionGenerally arraign means:
call before a court to answer an indictment

or:

accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
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audacious
1 use
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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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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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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derivative
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a highly derivative prose style
derivative = something developed from something else
DefinitionGenerally derivative means:
something developed from something else such as:
  • a word based on another word
  • a mathematical value from a function
  • the value of a financial instrument
  • a work of art such as a film or painting that lacks ideas not previously expressed in other works of art
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discern
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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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exeunt
22 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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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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lethargic
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Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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liege
7 uses
He was her liege lord.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
DefinitionGenerally liege means:
a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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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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officious
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She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what's best for everyone.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
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pious
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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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predominant
1 use
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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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
She reconciled her checking account statement.
reconciled = brought into agreement (in this case, the statement from the bank with the record she kept in her check register)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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