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conventionsomething regarded as normal or typical
other common meaning(s) — as in: conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
assessconsider something and make a judgment
other common meaning(s) — as in: assess the situation
They assessed the property’s value at $500,000.
I asked for a therapeutic massage, but it really hurt.
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
interveneget involved — typically without welcome
other common meaning(s) — as in: intervened in the war
They do not like America to intervene in the Middle East.
dispositionsomeone’s normal mood or personality
other common meaning(s) — as in: a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
accommodateprovide (or have the ability to provide) something desired or needed
other common meaning(s) — as in: Each room can accommodate four
The lab can accommodate up to 30 students at one time.
insighta clear understanding of some aspect of a complex situation; or a tendency to have such understandings
The book is full of insight on human nature.
meanan average of n numbers computed by dividing the sum of the numbers by n; for example, 3 for the numbers 1,2, and 6
= (1+2+6) / 3
= 9 / 3
more common meaning(s) — as in: the mean score
We have a mean annual rainfall of 23 inches.
discriminateto treat people of different groups differently — especially unfair treatment due to race, religion or gender
other common meaning(s) — as in: suffered discrimination
We do not discriminate based on race, nationality, social status, age, gender, religion, or sexual preference.
appropriatesuitable (fitting) for a particular situation
other common meaning(s) — as in: it is appropriate
These clothes aren’t appropriate for work.
biasa personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration
any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right
She has a bias against young people.
confrontto deal directly with an unpleasant situation or person
to challenge someone — often by presenting evidence
You must confront your problems.
reconcileto come to terms with
other common meaning(s) — as in: reconciled herself to
After the accident, she had to reconcile herself to life without loving parents.
syndromea pattern of symptoms associated with an illness; or any recognizable pattern — especially when undesirable
She suffers from Asperger syndrome.
neuroticmildly mentally disturbed — usually worrying too much about something; or someone with such symptoms
She is mildly neurotic, but is working at developing greater emotional stability.
The computers are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
inclineda tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
other common meaning(s) — as in: I’m inclined to
I’m inclined to believe him.
obligedgrateful or indebted — as in "I’m obliged to you."
required (obligated) to do something — as in "I’m obliged to do the job."
granted a favor for someone — as in "She asked for help and we obliged her."
He obliged her by listening attentively.
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
sedatecalm and dignified
other common meaning(s) — as in: he is sedate
a quiet sedate nature
objectivefact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences — as in: an objective viewpoint
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
The were perfect partners—one highly intuitive and the other highly analytical.
contemptlack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
other common meaning(s) — as in: feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contemptthe crime of willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
other common meaning(s) — as in: held in contempt of court
The judge held her in contempt.
She disputes his claim.
After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
prejudiceto have unreasonable belief — especially when unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group
or more generally:
to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
The group works to eliminate racial prejudice.
The college wants a diverse student body.
Don’t despair—help is on the way!
paranoidexcessively suspicious that others want to harm you; or excessively fearful
other common meaning(s) — used casually
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
paranoidsuffering from a psychological disorder characterized by a mistaken belief that others "are out to get me"
other common meaning(s) — used clinically
She was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.
to my gratification she arrived on time
She is a sincere but deluded idealist.
egopsychoanalysis: the conscious mind
other common meaning(s) — (Freud’s definition)
The ego tries to satisfy the unconscious desires of the id.
other common meaning(s) — as in: She contended with it
She contends with headaches.
I avoid elevators because of claustrophobia.
"Xenophobia," as The Economist put it, "seems to be creeping into American politics."
James K. Glassman -- Threats to Security, Threats to Economy -- http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.23969/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
indifferentwithout interest — in various senses such as:
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
autisma mental illness most commonly associated with undeveloped social abilities, language, and other communication skills
She thinks low levels of oxytocin may contribute to autism.
induceto persuade somebody to do something
other common meaning(s) — as in: induce him to
The baby wasn’t getting enough nutrients and oxygen, so we induced labor.
oppressto dominate harshly and unfairly (as in "oppressive government")
to deny equal rights to others or make them suffer (as in "The government oppresses minorities.")
other common meaning(s) — as in: oppressive government
The regime oppresses its people.
oppressto make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
other common meaning(s) — as in: oppressive heat
The heat is oppressive.
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
compensatemake up for; or adjust for
other common meaning(s) — as in: he compensates with extra effort
She uses several techniques to help compensate for her dyslexia.
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
Since her dog died she’s been in a melancholy mood.
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
deliriuma usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
other common meaning(s) — as in: fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
deliriuma state of having been taken over by excitement or emotion
other common meaning(s) — as in: delirious with joy
The basketball fans were delirious.
The Internet is a hypochondriac’s best friend.
another example of hubris preceding a fall
The narcissistic teenage girl spent hours checking her makeup in a mirror everyday.
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
repentancethe feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.
Asperger’sa mental disorder most commonly associated with undeveloped social abilities — often associated with an abnormally strong interest in one particular area — as in: Asperger’s syndrome or disorder
He does an excellent job in the back office despite suffering from Asperger’s syndrome.
perceiveto view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
other common meaning(s) — as in: perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
She made a perceptive observation.
abnegateto renounce or reject in various senses, such as:
The monk practices self-abnegation.
It’s a difficult situation, but she accentuates the positive and does not get overwhelmed.
Don’t grow dependent upon popular adulation. It comes and goes and reverses unexpectedly.
advocateto recommend or publicly support someone or something
other common meaning(s) — as in: to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
They made up the story to aggrandize the threat.
She died of a heart ailment.
aloofsocially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others
obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one’s dignity or distasteful
People who don’t know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
The physical altercation between opposing players led to suspensions on both sides.
She is known for her kindness, compassion, and altruism.
Her answer was ambiguous.
Polling indicates the public is ambivalent on the subject. Their opinions change depending upon the latest headlines.
the patient is ambulatory.
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
She doesn’t think of him in an amorous way.
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
Hyde’s study indicates that girls and boys have the same aptitude for math.
She identifies six boyfriend archetypes.
articulateclearly expressed with words; or the act of or ability to clearly express with words — as in: articulate her ideas
He is thoughtful and articulate.
assimilatetake in and/or transform or fit in:
such as: a person with differences fitting into a prevailing culture
or such as: information transformed within the mind into understanding
or such as: nutrients transformed within the body for its use
This country assimilates immigrants very quickly.
The panel will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to help assuage concern that it could be used for political ends.
Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
attributeto credit (a source for something) — such as:
other common meaning(s) — as in: I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
She was obviously bemused by his questions.
She predicts benign economic conditions through next year.
Nobody likes to work with her. She is always berating her colleagues.
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
It is a boisterous crowd, but there is more than enough security.
tough soldiers with plenty of bravado
There was a cacophony of discord as everyone spoke at once.
She displays a callous indifference to others’ suffering.
celibateabstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse
an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
The priests are celibate.
cerebralrelating to the brain — especially the cerebrum (front of the brain)
involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
Moderate exercise increases cerebral blood volume which improves thinking.
An unusual pattern of sudden, effortless smoking cessation in long-term smokers may indicate the onset of lung cancer.
chagrina bad feeling such as embarrassment, disappointment, or annoyance — especially due to a disconcerting event, mistake or other blow to the ego
I bragged about how good our team was and then, much to my chagrin, we lost.
The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
A choleric cop blew his top.
chronic back pain
I’m tired of hearing her "pearls of wisdom" and other tired clichés.
It is better to convince than to coerce.
It is difficult to decide because both sides offer cogent arguments.
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