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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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askance
1 use
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced to punishment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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despair
1 use
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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1st useChapter 3
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diligent
1 use
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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dismay
1 use
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = feel sad, disappointed, or worried — typically in response to something surprising
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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1st useChapter 12
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fidget
1 use
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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1st useChapter 11
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fluster
1 use
He gets flustered when talking to groups and tends to lose his train of thought.
flustered = nervous or confused
DefinitionGenerally fluster means:
to be or cause to be nervous or upset
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herald
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
The king's herald announced it this morning.
herald = a person who announces important news — especially a king's representative
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impertinent
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It was impertinent of the child to lecture a grownup.
impertinent = rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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1st useChapter 8
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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inquire
1 use
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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1st useChapter 9
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insolent
1 use
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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1st useChapter 3
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languid
1 use
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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longitude
2 uses
They're allowed to catch the fish east of the 175th degree of longitude.
longitude = a measure of east/west (relative to the Prime Meridian) on the earth — calculated by using imaginary vertical circles on the surface of the earth that pass through the north and south poles and at right angles to the equator
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mallet
1 use
She split the logs with a mallet and wedge.
mallet = a tool resembling a hammer but with a large cylindrical head
DefinitionGenerally mallet means:
a piece of equipment for pounding or hitting — such as:
  • a tool resembling a hammer but with a large cyndrical head that is usually made of rubber or wood
  • a long stick with a thick cyndrical head used to hit a ball in polo or croquet
  • a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike percussion instruments
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1st useChapter 8
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provoke
1 use
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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1st useChapter 8
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tremulous
1 use
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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1st useChapter 10
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usurp
1 use
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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vulgar
1 use
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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1st useChapter 2
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wretched
2 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
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1st useChapter 5
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