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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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alacrity
2 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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avarice
1 use
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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daunt
1 use
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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deride
2 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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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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discord
1 use
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discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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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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1st useChapter 6
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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forbearance
1 use
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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insipid
1 use
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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lucid
1 use
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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1st useChapter 30
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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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1st useChapter 35
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morose
1 use
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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1st useChapter 3
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notorious
2 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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1st useChapter 14
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opulent
1 use
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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ostentatious
3 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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1st useChapter 11
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persistent
2 uses
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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1st useChapter 17
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pervasive
3 uses
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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1st useChapter 8
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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