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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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acquiesce
1 use
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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alleviate
1 use
Regular massage will help to alleviate the pain.
alleviate = to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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astute
1 use
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
astute = smart and perceptive
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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aversion
1 use
Our older staff tend to have an aversion to change.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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1st useChapter 10
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blasphemy
2 uses
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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condone
1 use
Such behavior is permitted, but we certainly don't condone it.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
to accept (a specific bad behavior) without criticism

or:

to approve of (a specific behavior that is typically considered bad)
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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heresy
2 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 8
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incongruous
3 uses
incongruous behavior
incongruous = out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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incredulous
1 use
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
She was suffering from alcohol-induced stupidity.
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 8
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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pious
2 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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remorse
3 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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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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stature
5 uses
Fighter pilots are often of short stature.
stature = height
DefinitionGenerally stature means:
a person's height

or:

a high level of respect gained by impressive achievement
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —3 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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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