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abysmal
1 use
The refugee camp has abysmal living conditions.
abysmal = very bad
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ameliorate
1 use
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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amorous
1 use
She doesn't think of him in an amorous way.
amorous = sexual or romantic manner
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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apparent
9 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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attain
4 uses
She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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consequence
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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expound
2 uses
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = discuss in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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forthwith
2 uses
The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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immaterial
1 use
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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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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inevitable
6 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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introspection
1 use
She is not inclined towards introspection.
introspection = contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
DefinitionGenerally introspection means:
the contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
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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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moreover
1 use
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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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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scintillating
1 use
We shared a scintillating conversation.
scintillating = impressively clever or stimulating; or showing brilliant light in a flickering manner
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shirk
2 uses
She began to shirk her duties and turned to drinking to help deal with the pain.
shirk = avoid
DefinitionGenerally shirk means:
to avoid something — such as a duty or responsibility
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subjugate
1 use
The essay discusses that era's subjugation of women in a male-dominated world.
subjugation = forced submission to another's dominance
DefinitionGenerally subjugate means:
to force into submission
in various senses, including:
  • when a people are defeated in battle and oppressed — as in "The Romans subjugated most of Europe."
  • when something is treated as less important than something else — as in "subjugate the desires of the individual to the desires of the state," or "subjugate instinct to reason"
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theorize
1 use
I don't want to begin to theorize until I have more data.
theorize = develop a general belief (about how things work or what happened)
DefinitionGenerally theorize means:
to form a theory (a belief about how something works or came about — often without having absolute proof)
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wane
5 uses
Our passion has waned over the years, but our love has grown.
waned = gradually decreased
DefinitionGenerally wane means:
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
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