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The Winter's Tale
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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.2
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ballad
11 uses
her latest album is a collection of love ballads.
ballads = songs that tells a story
DefinitionGenerally ballad means:
a song (or poem) that tells a story
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.4
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beseech
18 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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Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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commend
5 uses
I commend you for a good job.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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1st useScene 3.2
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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
The facts point to a contrary conclusion.
contrary = different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
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1st useScene 5.1
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2  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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1st useScene 3.2
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3  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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disdain
1 use
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useScene 4.4
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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doleful
2 uses
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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1st useScene 4.4
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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forbearance
2 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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1st useScene 5.3
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
They agreed to have her judge the contest because everyone admires her integrity.
integrity = having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useScene 3.2
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lament
3 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useScene 4.2
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negligent
5 uses
Please forgive my negligence in not calling you sooner.
negligence = insufficient care or attention
DefinitionGenerally negligent means:
insufficient care or attention (not being careful enough or not trying hard enough to fulfill a responsibility)
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1st useScene 1.2
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penitent
4 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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1st useScene 5.1
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sovereign
5 uses
They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor's threats forced their decision.
sovereign = not controlled by outside forces
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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trifle with
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.3
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