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alliance
1 use
The Islamic governments formed an alliance to defeat Israel.
alliance = a group of countries, people, or organizations working for common goals
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despair
1 use
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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ecstasy
1 use
the agony and the ecstasy of intense sports competition
ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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illustrious
1 use
an illustrious achievement
illustrious = famous and admired; or worthy of admiration
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indivisible
1 use
an indivisible union of states
indivisible = impossible to separate
DefinitionGenerally indivisible means:
impossible to separate

or:

of numbers:  impossible to evenly divide without a remainder
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infamy
1 use
a date which will live in infamy
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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nonetheless
1 use
Sometimes she gets angry and loses her temper, but I love her nonetheless.
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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plunder
1 use
The conquerors plundered the town and surrounding countryside.
plundered = stole goods
DefinitionGenerally plunder means:
to steal — often after conquering the location with the goods

or:

the goods stolen
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ponder
1 use
The question the audience is left to ponder is...
ponder = think deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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prescribe
1 use
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
prescribed = gave medical instructions instructing that the patient should take
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
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probe
1 use
There was a congressional probe into the scandal.
probe = investigation
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation — such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
redeeming = thing that makes up for bad things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Some call Warren Buffett the "Sage of Omaha".
sage = someone known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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solemn
1 use
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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torrent
1 use
She screamed a torrent of abuse.
torrent = an overwhelming amount
DefinitionGenerally torrent means:
an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
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whim
1 use
They flew to Paris on a whim.
whim = a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
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wither
1 use
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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wretch
2 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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yoke
1 use
They threw off the yoke of slavery.
yoke = oppressive burden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yoke means:
an oppressive burden
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