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anarchy
2 uses
It's not the government I want, but it's better than anarchy.
anarchy = the complete absence of political authority
DefinitionGenerally anarchy means:
the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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deemed
6 uses
The producer deemed her too old to play the role.
deemed = believed or judged
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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deprecate
1 use
I want to acknowledge her contribution without deprecating that of others.
deprecating = belittling (minimizing or diminishing the value of)

or:

expressing disapproval of
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to belittle (diminish the value of) or express disapproval of something
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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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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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2  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
She claims she can divine the future with a crystal ball.
divine = to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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flout
2 uses
Don't flout the rules.
flout = openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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grievous
6 uses
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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heed
6 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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immutable
1 use
It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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lament
6 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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mortal
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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perish
6 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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pious
3 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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resolve
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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specious
1 use
It's just another specious-sounding miracle diet.
specious = seemingly good, but without merit
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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wrought   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
The windows have decorative wrought iron bars for security.
wrought = worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
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2  —1 use as in:
the damage he has wrought
the damage wrought by the hurricane
wrought = caused (made to happen)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
caused to happen or occurred as a consequence
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Zeus
13 uses
Jupiter is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Zeus.
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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