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Antigone
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contrite
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She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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craven
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the craven fellow turned and ran
craven = exceedingly cowardly
DefinitionGenerally craven means:
exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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despondent
1 use
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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discern
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The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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forbearance
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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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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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hapless
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a hapless victim
hapless = unlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
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inveterate
1 use
She's an inveterate gossip.
inveterate = habitual
DefinitionGenerally inveterate means:
habitual; or something of long standing
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liege
5 uses
He was her liege lord.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
DefinitionGenerally liege means:
a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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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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poignant
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It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
poignant = profoundly touching the emotions —  especially sadness or pity
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portend
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I fear the election results portend greater violence in the region.
portend = indicate by signs that something is going to happen — especially something bad
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pretense
1 use
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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provoke
4 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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prudent
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She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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quibble
1 use
Let's not quibble over pennies
quibble = to argue over petty things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue over petty things; or a trivial disagreement
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revere
5 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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scapegoat
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She is a convenient scapegoat because she was chosen by the last administration.
scapegoat = someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
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usurp
1 use
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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vindicate
1 use
He was eager to vindicate his actions.
vindicate = show to be right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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