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An Ideal Husband
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affectation
3 uses
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 1
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allude
2 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 3
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candid
1 use
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useAct 4
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses 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
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discretion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised
This program contains violence that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.
discretion = good judgment or good taste
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1st useAct 3
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eloquent
2 uses
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
eloquence = the powerful use of language
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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fraudulent
6 uses
She stole money by filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
fraudulent = intended to deceive
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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grave
7 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useAct 1
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indignant
5 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useAct 1
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infamous
5 uses
He is one of Chicago's most infamous mobsters.
infamous = having an exceedingly bad reputation
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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loathe
3 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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morbid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a morbid curiosity
She has a morbid interest in death.
morbid = unhealthy (related to death)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of morbid means:
suggesting the horror of death and decay; or an unhealthy interest in it
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opera
5 uses
She is a popular opera singer.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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paradox
3 uses
It's the grandfather paradox of time travel in which a man cannot travel to a time before he was born and kill his grandfather.
paradox = a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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philanthropy
2 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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platitude
2 uses
She sprinkled her remarks with the usual political platitudes that are guaranteed to be popular with both parties.
platitudes = commonly repeated or obvious remarks made as though they are insightful or instructive
DefinitionGenerally platitude means:
a commonly repeated or obvious remark made as though it was insightful or instructive
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remorse
2 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = strong regret
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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scrupulous
3 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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tedious
7 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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Vienna
12 uses
Of all the world's cities, they ranked Vienna as the best place to live.
Vienna = the capital and largest city of Austria; located on the Danube in northeastern Austria
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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