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anonymity
1 use
She's one of those people who uses the anonymity of the Internet to say terrible things.
anonymity = unknown identity
DefinitionGenerally anonymity means:
a state where the identity of someone is unknown — for example, the name of an author or the name of a donor

or (more rarely): a lack of individuality or interesting features
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antagonism
2 uses
There is skepticism, if not antagonism, between the two groups.
antagonism = hostility
DefinitionGenerally antagonism means:
hostility or opposition
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apex
1 use
It was written during the apex of Roman power, wealth, and stability.
apex = the highest point
DefinitionGenerally apex means:
the highest point of something
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cessation
1 use
The Security Council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
cessation = ending
DefinitionGenerally cessation means:
a stopping
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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demented
2 uses
Stay away from her. She's dangerous and demented.
demented = insane (crazy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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deride
4 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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ebullient
1 use
Her family was jumping for joy, but she was less ebullient.
ebullient = filled with energy and joy
DefinitionGenerally ebullient means:
happy and energetic
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enormity
2 uses
She did not immediately grasp the enormity and the horror of their policy.
enormity = extreme wickedness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of enormity means:
extreme wickedness

or more rarely (and considered incorrect by many):  enormousness (largeness)
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foliage
6 uses
It's difficult to spot the birds in the foliage.
foliage = plant leaves
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founder
1 use
The project foundered
foundered = failed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of founder means:
to fail or break-down

or:

to physically sink below the surface or fall
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inarticulate
2 uses
She becomes inarticulate when she's nervous.
inarticulate = unable to express herself clearly
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)

or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed

The exact meaning of inarticulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
  • a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
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perspective
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The penthouse window gives a perspective on half the city.
perspective = view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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pinnacle
3 uses
She wrote the book at the pinnacle of her popularity.
pinnacle = highest point
DefinitionGenerally pinnacle means:
the highest point
in various senses, including:
  • the best stage of development — as in "I met her at the pinnacle of her success."
  • a high pointed rock formation or mountain peak — as in "The eagle circled the rocky pinnacle."
  • a pointed tower at the top of a building — as in "With the pinnacle, it is the highest building in the city."
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
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2  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
sheered = turned sharply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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tacit
3 uses
There was a tacit understanding that Jessica would play good cop and Tyler would play bad cop.
tacit = implied or understood, but not expressed directly
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ungainly
2 uses
The ungainly, tilt-rotor aircraft is shockingly expensive.
ungainly = lacking grace in movement or appearance
DefinitionGenerally ungainly means:
lacking grace in movement or posture; or difficult to handle or manage — especially because of shape
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