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Pygmalion
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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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blasphemy
1 use
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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decorum
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All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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despot
1 use
He was elected as a constitutional president, but quickly became a despot.
despot = a ruler with absolute power — especially one who abuses that power
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didactic
2 uses
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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dogmatic
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The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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eccentric
1 use
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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extricate
1 use
She was caught in the wreckage and could not extricate herself without help.
extricate = release from entanglement or difficulty
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce him to
The baby wasn't getting enough nutrients and oxygen, so we induced labor.
induced = caused (in this case, childbirth to start)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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languish
1 use
The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
languished = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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magnanimous
1 use
He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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obstinate
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She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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opulent
1 use
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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pedantic
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Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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perfunctory
1 use
She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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petulant
1 use
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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phonetic
18 uses
Can you write the phonetic spelling of his name?
phonetic = speech sound

(In this case, referring to a spelling that uses a character or code for each sound in a language. For example the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), represents both "ue" in blue and "oo" in food as "u".)
DefinitionGenerally phonetic means:
of or relating to speech sounds
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scrupulous
1 use
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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